12 bankers to watch on Wall Street and beyond in 2018

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Hoping for a new front-office banking job this year? Banks are already lining people up to fill holes in their various U.S. offices. These are the Wall Street bankers and traders who will be busy hiring across the U.S. in 2018.

1. Dave Friedland of Goldman Sachs

Goldman Sachs tapped partner Dave Friedland as the global head of financial and strategic investor mergers and acquisitions in New York. He is currently the head of M&A for the real estate and consumer retail groups and co-chairs the global fairness committee.

Friedland is replacing Stephanie Cohen, who is moving over to become the bank’s chief strategy officer.

David Kamo, who joined the firm in 2016 from Credit Suisse and is also based in New York, is now the head of the Americas division.

2. Chris Cormier of UBS

UBS hired Chris Cormier as the Americas head of technology, media and telecommunications (TMT) equity capital markets from Bank of America Merrill Lynch, where he has held a similar position since 2015. Cormier, who will start at UBS’s New York office in March, previously worked at Deutsche Bank for a decade as the Americas head of technology ECM.

3-6. Sarah Salih, Thad Davis, Jonathan Tretler and Chris Rosello of HSBC

HSBC recently hired three senior New York-based investment bankers.

Sarah Salih, previously at Deutsche Bank, joined HSBC as an MD and the head of the financial institutions group (FIG) for North America.

Ex-Jefferies and UBS banker Thad Davis is now an MD and the head of healthcare for North America at HSBC.

HBSC brought on Jonathan Tretler, formerly with RBC, as an MD and the head of consumer and retail for North America.

In addition, HSBC USA hired Chris Rosello as the U.S. head of public affairs in Washington, D.C., responsible for leading the bank's public policy activities and government relations. Most recently, he was a senior vice president of federal government affairs at Wells Fargo.

7. Marx Bowens of Barclays

Marx Bowens joined Macro, Barclays’s foreign-exchange trading arm, as an MD and senior U.S. government bond trader in New York. Most recently, he was the executive chairman and chief operating officer of XG Industries, a nanotechnology company. Prior to that, he worked at Mariner Investment Group, CRT Capital Group and RBS.

8. Rick FlorJancic of Wells Fargo Securities

Wells Fargo Securities brought on Rick FlorJancic as a Chicago-based managing director and the head of Midwest investment banking, overseeing 20 wholesale banking offices in 10 states across the Midwest region of the U.S. Previously he worked at J.P. Morgan, where he was a managing director and the head of the Midwest regional investment banking coverage.

9. Andrew Apthorpe of Cantor Fitzgerald

Cantor Fitzgerald has appointed Andrew Apthorpe as the global head of equity-linked origination from RBC Capital Markets, where he was the global co-head of convertible bonds and equity-linked origination. Prior to that, he worked in convertible origination for 12 years at Deutsche Bank.

10. Nathan Pund of Houlihan Lokey

Houlihan Lokey hired Nathan Pund as a managing director in its Dallas office to focus on the active lifestyle sector within the bank’s consumer group. Previously he was an MD in the middle-market group at Lazard and, prior to that, D.A. Davidson, which acquired Silver Steep Partners, the boutique investment banking firm that Pund co-founded in 2005.

11. Brennan Smith of Perella Weinberg Partners

Perella Weinberg Partners added Brennan Smith as a partner in the mergers-and-acquisitions advisory business to lead the firm’s brand-new Chicago office. He is tasked with building a team of M&A advisory bankers and expanding PWP’s client coverage in the Midwest region of the U.S. Previously he was an MD in the global industrials group and the head of Midwest industrials at Citi, as well as co-head of the bank’s Chicago office. He joined Citi predecessor Salomon Brothers 1995 and, prior to that, he worked at Continental Bank and Bank of America.

12. Brian Boyle of Raymond James

Brian Boyle was hired by Raymond James Financial as a Chicago-based managing director and the head of the firm's food/beverage and agribusiness practices within the investment banking division. Previously he worked at PwC, D.A. Davidson & Co., McGladrey Capital Markets and Lehman Brothers.

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