Knight Expands Global Capital Markets Team

Jun 10, 2010, 07:30 ET from Knight Capital Group, Inc.

JERSEY CITY, N.J. and GREENWICH, Conn., June 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Knight Capital Group, Inc. (NYSE Euronext: KCG), today announced the appointments of Mark C. Aitken, David A. Barcus and David Lessen, Ph.D. as Managing Directors in Capital Markets, effective immediately.

"We continue to build out the Capital Markets team and overall client offering at Knight, drawing on the firm's detailed knowledge of the debt and equity markets," said Gary Katcher, Executive Vice President, Head of Global Fixed Income at Knight Capital Group. "Knight has a large sales and trading team across a broad range of products with an extensive client network comprised of leading buy-side firms. We are selectively adding individuals with deep experience raising capital for companies of all sizes."

Knight offers capital markets services to small- and mid-cap corporate issuers as well as private companies. The Capital Markets team provides capital structure advisory and transaction services, including equity and debt offerings, private placements, restricted share programs, liability management, equity buybacks and debt repurchases. Knight recently formed a marketing alliance with international investment bank Houlihan Lokey to combine world-class investment banking, capital markets, and sales and trading services across debt and equity.

Mr. Aitken is responsible for managing the Capital Markets team in Europe and is based in Knight's London office. Mr. Barcus leads High Yield Capital Markets while Mr. Lessen directs Convertibles Capital Markets, both from the Greenwich office.


Mark C. Aitken

Managing Director

Knight Capital Europe Limited

Mark Aitken is Managing Director, Head of Capital Markets in Europe.

Prior to joining Knight, Mr. Aitken spent six years at HBOS where he set up the firm's corporate bonds business offering high yield and debt private placement solutions to Bank of Scotland's private equity and mid-cap clients in the U.K. and Continental Europe. Prior to HBOS, Mark was a Managing Director and Head of High Yield Capital Markets at Dresdner Kleinwort Benson. He built Dresdner's high yield platform, rapidly establishing it as one of the leading European banks in that fledgling market. Before DRKB, Mark spent fifteen years at a London-based affiliate of JP Morgan, Saudi International Bank, where he was Head of Capital Markets with responsibility for all of the firm's proprietary trading and investment activities. He received his initial credit training through the Bank Management Program at JP Morgan in New York.

Mark has a bachelor of science in economics with first class honours from the London School of Economics.

David A. Barcus

Managing Director

Knight Libertas LLC

David Barcus is a Managing Director, Head of High Yield Capital Markets.

Mr. Barcus is a former Managing Director at MTN Capital Partners, where he was responsible for originating and executing leveraged acquisition transactions as a principal investor. Previously, David spent more than 16 years at BNP Paribas in various roles throughout BNP's Leveraged Finance and High Yield businesses around the world including, Managing Director, Head of High Yield Syndicate and Managing Director, Loan and High Yield Capital Markets, North America. He has also held roles at The Bank of Nova Scotia, Ehrlich Bober & Co. and Bear Stearns & Co. Inc.

David has a bachelor of science in engineering science with a concentration in chemical engineering from Vanderbilt University and a master of business administration from New York University.

David Lessen, Ph.D.

Managing Director

Knight Libertas LLC

David Lessen, Ph.D. is a Managing Director, Head of Convertibles Capital Markets.

Dr. Lessen is a former Managing Director, Head of Convertible Bond Origination at BroadpointGleacher. Previously, David was with UBS Investment Bank for nine years and was a Managing Director in the Global Healthcare, Investment Banking Group where he led the group's convertible bond and equity derivative origination activities. His prior experience includes roles at Zurich Capital Markets, JP Morgan, Toronto Dominion Securities and Goldman Sachs.

David received a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering, master of engineering in aerospace engineering and master of business administration from Cornell University in addition to a Ph.D. in theoretical and applied mechanics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

About Knight

Knight Capital Group, Inc. (NYSE Euronext: KCG) is a global financial services firm that provides market access and trade execution services across multiple asset classes to buy- and sell-side firms. Knight's hybrid market model features complementary electronic and voice trade execution services in global equities and fixed income as well as foreign exchange, futures and options. The firm is the leading source of liquidity in U.S. equities by share volume. Knight also offers capital markets services to corporate issuers. Knight is headquartered in Jersey City, NJ with a growing global presence across North America, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region. For more information, please go to

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