Investment banking firm Sandler O’Neill & Partners hired Thomas Oh and Christopher Connors in the firm’s fixed-income group.

Connors is a managing director working in fixed-income sales while Oh is an associate director
working in fixed-income trading, and both are based in Sandler O’Neill’s New York offices.

The two new hires have more than 25 years of ABS experience and they will be instrumental in helping establish the firm as a key player in the ABS market. Both Connors and Oh report to Alan Roth, a principal at Sandler O’Neill who is responsible for building out the fixed-income business serving total rate of return clients.

Connors has more than 15 years of experience in the ABS market. Most recently, he was a managing director at Bank of America Securities, where he spent seven years
running its ABS secondary desk in New York and London. In late 2008, Connors transitioned into
institutional sales.

Before BofA, Connors was a managing director principal at Bear Stearns from 2001 until 2003 where he was the senior secondary ABS trader. Prior to Bear, he held roles of increasing responsibility at both Donaldson, Lufkin, & Jenrette and Prudential Securities.

Oh spent 10 years with Credit Suisse as part of the bank's structured products group, where he held a different positions focused on ABS. Most recently, he served as vice president and dealt specifically with consumer and residential products. Before Credit Suisse, Oh held several positions at Bear Stearns since 1993.

“We are very pleased to welcome two highly capable, seasoned veterans to our Fixed Income Group,” said Jonathan Doyle, managing principal of Sandler O’Neill. “They have proven experience in the ABS market, and the firm is committed to broadening our expertise and providing clients greater access to additional products and resources.”

In the last several months, Sandler O’Neill has increased its fixed-income capabilities
by hiring fixed-income sales professionals to its New York, San Francisco, Chicago and Atlanta offices.

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