Further Lane Securities recruited Stephen Obinna as a vice president for fixed-income trading in its whole-loan group. Obinna previously worked in the whole-loan group at Deutsche Bank Securities. Obinna's hire is part of Further Lane's plan to establish a bicoastal presence. The company intends to hire about 10 new employees. Based in New York City, Further Lane has offices in East Hampton and White Plains, N.Y., Southern Florida, New Mexico and East Lansing, Mich.

Fitch Ratings hired Diana Berezina as an associate director in the rating agency's quantitative products group. She will be responsible for authoring research and commentary on the credit markets, with a focus on relative value and credit risk migration. Berezina will report to senior director Jon DiGiambattista. She joins Fitch from Nomura Securities, where she was an associate for three years in its structured finance research team.

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