Knight Appoints Global Fixed Income Co-heads Robert K. Lyons and Alan Lhota

Mar 30, 2011, 08:30 ET from Knight Capital Group, Inc.

JERSEY CITY, N.J., March 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Knight Capital Group, Inc. (NYSE Euronext: KCG) today announced the appointment of Knight Managing Directors Robert K. Lyons and Alan Lhota to co-head the global fixed income business, reporting to Thomas M. Joyce, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Knight, as of March 31, 2011.

Mr. Lyons, 51, joined Knight in 2010 to establish and grow Knight's capital markets effort. Mr. Lhota, 48, has led Knight's U.S. High Yield, Distressed and Bank Loan sales since joining the company in June 2009. Mssrs. Lyons and Lhota will assume responsibility from James P. Smyth, Executive Vice President, Knight Capital Group, who has been serving as Interim Head of Global Fixed Income since July 2010. Knight's global fixed income business includes sales, trading, research and capital markets products and services.

"With the great bench strength Knight has in our fixed income business, we were fortunate to promote from within to name two experienced leaders, Bob Lyons and Al Lhota," Mr. Joyce said. "Both have the knowledge and the client relationships reflecting careers dedicated to fixed income and capital markets, as well as track records of success within Knight. Bob and Al will continue the momentum we've gained from key adjustments we've made to Knight's institutional fixed income business as well as from the continuing success of our electronic fixed income offering."

Knight's institutional fixed income team provides buy-side firms with research, sales and trading across a broad range of fixed income securities including high yield/distressed, investment grade, ABS/MBS, syndicated bank loans, hybrid securities, convertible bonds, municipal securities, private placements and corporate/sovereign emerging markets. Knight provides sell-side firms with access to Knight BondPoint,® a fixed income ECN for the retail bond market providing access to more than 100,000 live and executable bids and offers in addition to a customizable front-end application allowing brokers and advisors to easily search, analyze and execute trades. Knight also offers sell-side firms full-service trading across investment-grade corporates, municipals, CDs and other securities in demand among retail investors through Knight Advisor Services. Knight's Capital Markets team originates, structures and distributes equity, equity-linked and fixed income securities, primarily on behalf of mid- and small-cap issuers. The transactions cover equity and debt programs, liability management, equity buybacks and debt repurchases.


Robert K. Lyons

Managing Director,

Co-Head of Fixed Income

Robert K. Lyons is Managing Director, Co-Head of Global Fixed Income, responsible for managing and growing the business.

Mr. Lyons, who joined Knight in 2010, is a former Vice Chairman of Investment Banking at Merrill Lynch where he spent more than 20 years. Previously at Merrill, he served as Global Head of Capital Markets and before that was Head of the Americas Capital Markets. Bob began his career at Bankers Trust.

Bob has a bachelor of arts in economics from Hamilton College and a master of business administration from the University of Chicago.

Alan Lhota

Managing Director,

Co-Head of Fixed Income

Alan Lhota, Managing Director, is responsible for managing and expanding Knight's institutional and electronic fixed income presence as Co-Head of the business.

Previously, Mr. Lhota was Head of U.S. High Yield, Distressed and Bank Loan Sales for Knight. He joined Knight's fixed income business (formerly Knight Libertas) in June 2009 from RBS Greenwich Capital Markets where he led the High Yield team. Prior to that, Al worked at UBS in High Yield sales in the U.S. and U.K.

Following an earlier period at UBS in high yield sales, he was a founding partner of Libra Investments, later sold to US Bancorp. He began his career at Scotiabank in sales of Investment Grade and High Yield bonds. Al attended Worcester Polytechnic University.

About Knight

Knight Capital Group (NYSE Euronext: KCG) is a global financial services firm that provides access to the capital markets across multiple asset classes to a broad network of clients, including buy- and sell-side firms and corporations. Knight is headquartered in Jersey City, N.J. with a growing global presence across the Americas, Europe, and the Asia-Pacific region. For further information about Knight, please visit

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