Cantor Fitzgerald Europe (“CFE”), a leading global financial services firm, has announced the appointment of Jonathan Richards as an equity research analyst on the Financial Institutions team. Richards will be focused on covering listed asset and wealth managers within the firm’s growing Research department.

Gordon Neilly, Co-Chief Executive Officer of CFE, commented, “I would like to welcome Jonathan to the rapidly expanding CFE team. His appointment complements a core sector team for our business, and underscores our commitment to growing our financials research coverage alongside our corporate offering. We expect his depth of knowledge and breadth of contacts will add immediate value to the research team.”

“The addition of seasoned professionals like Jonathan demonstrates our unwavering commitment to providing exceptional service to support the evolving needs of our clients and to strengthening our research and banking franchise. We are continuing to see opportunities to gain market share by making strategic hires and enhancing our service offering across specialist industry sectors,” said Shawn Matthews, Chief Executive Officer of Cantor Fitzgerald & Co.

Richards joins CFE from Bank of America Merrill Lynch where he covered UK and European diversified financials and was the primary analyst on a number of stocks. Whilst at BOAML, he was highly-ranked in both the Institutional Investor and Extel surveys. Prior to Merrill Lynch, Richards covered the diversified financials space at UBS in London. He began his career at Lehman Brothers covering FIG companies in the Investment Banking vertical. Richards has a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Columbia University.

Headquartered in London, Cantor Fitzgerald Europe is an integrated mid-market investment bank offering clients corporate finance and corporate broking services, together with institutional cash equities, fixed income, equity derivatives and foreign exchange products. CFE advises some 70 corporate clients and makes markets in over 700 companies and investment trusts. CFE is 100% owned by US-based Cantor Fitzgerald.