William Blair has hired a high-yield finance team from Imperial Capital in the firm’s bid to become the leading leveraged finance platform focused on middle market companies.
Jeff Zolkin joined William Blair as managing director, head of high-yield finance. He will be based in Los Angeles. At Imperial Capital, Zolkin was head of leveraged finance. Prior to six years at Imperial Capital, Zolkin also worked at Global Hunter Securities, where he was co-head of financial advisory services. He also worked at Jefferies.
Jonathan Lee joined William Blair as director, high-yield finance. He will be based in Los Angeles. Lee had been at Imperial Capital since early 2011. Prior to Imperial, he also worked at Trinity Capital and Jefferies, both based in Los Angeles.
Paul Majeski joined as vice president, high-yield finance. He will be based in New York. He had been at Imperial Capital since 2010 in investment banking. Prior to Imperial Capital, he worked at FTI Consulting.
Kelly Martin is head of leveraged finance at William Blair.
Since 2011, Zolkin’s team has built a high-yield finance business targeting the middle market, with over $5 billion of lead-managed financings over 30 transactions.
William Blair, based in Chicago, is a global investment banking and asset management firm. — Abby Latour
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