NewOak Capital has appointed key leaders of its integrated advisory/asset management/structured product firm.

Launched to offer expert client solutions to the global market crisis, NewOak Capital give analysis, valuation, restructuring, risk transfer and distressed asset management solutions and services to financial institutions to support their portfolio and corporate needs.

The senior appointments include Managing Directors Jess Saypoff, formerly of Barclays Capital, as chief counsel, James Dougherty, formerly of Deutsche Post Bank and JPMorgan Investment Management; Ross Heller, formerly of JPMorgan Securities; Neil McPherson, formerly of ABN Amro and Credit Suisse; Shanker Merchant, formerly of Wachovia; and Precilla Torres, formerly of Citigroup and Lehman Brothers.

The firm's other recent appointments include Arjun Kakar from NIBC; Peter Heintz from UBS, Alex Razumny from Bear Stearns as director and Max Marquardt from Citigroup; Irina Shulmanovich from Fortis Securities as associate director, respectively.

A complete list of team members and their brief background information can be found on the “Our Team” section of NewOak Capital’s Web site,

As Co-Founder and CEO, Ron D’Vari, the former head of structured finance at BlackRock, is responsible for advisory, solutions and portfolio management. Co-Founder and President James Frischling, the former head of U.S. structured credit at Fortis Securities, is responsible for capital markets, client management and business affairs.

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