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Cantor Fitzgerald acquires Dolmen, establishing Cantor Fitzgerald Ireland, with prospect of adding 200 extra jobs in fixed income, equity underwriting and wealth management Back
December 3rd: Cantor Fitzgerald has acquired Dolmen Stockbrokers, in the second major Irish stockbroking acquisition this year, following the acquisition of NCB by Investec. The transaction expands Cantor’s capacity to provide sales and trading, research and advisory services to clients in Ireland featuring fixed-income and equity underwriting, trading, and wealth-management.
Cantor Fitzgerald's global CEO Shawn Matthews told RTE Radio that while the bank needed to get regulatory approval it intended to be a bigger player in the bond market than Dolmen had been.

He said he was excited about the opportunities in Ireland following the acquisition of Dolmen on November 30th: “We are looking to be the number one fixed-income dealer in Ireland in a relatively short period of time,” he said. “We are still aggressively looking to expand. I can see us adding at least 200 people over the next year.” Repackaging of Irish mortgage securities is another opportunity the firm envisages. Recent weeks have seen the revival of the Irish covered bond market, with both leading Irish banks, Bank of Ireland and AIB successfully issuing € 1.5 bn in covered bonds in aggregate over the course of the past month (see separate stories here, and here ).

'Serving clients in the Irish marketplace through offices in Dublin, Cork and Limerick, Dolmen’s team of 90 seasoned professionals will continue to be led by Ronan Reid, who will serve as Chief Executive Officer of Cantor Fitzgerald Ireland and stockbroking division, Dolmen Stockbrokers, a part of Cantor Fitzgerald Ireland', the firm said.

Cantor Fitzgerald Ireland will provide institutional, corporate and retail clients in Ireland with access to the firm’s global distribution platform and breadth of financial products, while focusing on growing Cantor’s client base in the region. Cantor Fitzgerald Ireland will offer clients institutional bond and equity market trading and dealing, investment banking services, retail stock broking, currency broking, sale of structured products, discretionary wealth management and pension services. In addition, the firm will provide management and advisory services, and expand the range of brokerage services to clients.

“Dolmen Stockbrokers ranks as one of the leading firms in the Irish marketplace, and complements our strength in serving clients with a full range of investment resources,” said Shawn P. Matthews, Chief Executive Officer of Cantor Fitzgerald & Co. and Chairman of Cantor Fitzgerald Ireland. “Building a full-service sales and trading, research and advisory business in Ireland is an important step in our continued expansion, as Ronan and the team of talented, well-respected Dolmen professionals provide clients with the high quality service Cantor is known for, coupled with our world-class execution.”

“We are all excited by the opportunity to join a world-class firm such as Cantor, which continues to see tremendous growth,” said Mr. Reid. “We look forward to the scale and opportunity that Cantor brings allowing us to serve a broader global client base, as well as deepening our product offering for clients in Ireland.”

Cantor Fitzgerald received regulatory approval for the transaction from the Central Bank of Ireland.

Company's profile: Cantor Fitzgerald
Cantor Fitzgerald, a global financial services firm at the forefront of financial and technological innovation, has been a proven and resilient leader for over 65 years. Cantor is a preeminent capital markets investment bank serving more than 5,000 institutional clients around the world in institutional equity and fixed income sales and trading and is recognized for its strengths serving the middle market with investment banking services, prime brokerage, and commercial real estate financing. Cantor Fitzgerald also is a leader in new businesses including advisory and asset management services, gaming technology, e-commerce, and other ventures. Cantor Fitzgerald & Co. is one of 21 primary dealers authorized to trade U.S. government securities with The Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Cantor Fitzgerald’s 1,600 employees serve clients through over 30 locations, including major financial centers around the world in the Americas, Europe, Asia/Pacific, and the Middle East.

Cantor Fitzgerald, L.P. is the parent entity of Cantor Fitzgerald Ireland and Cantor Fitzgerald & Co.
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