SOURCE: KGS-Alpha Capital Markets

September 07, 2011 10:00 ET

Robert Piano Joins the Strongly Growing KGS-Alpha Capital Markets, L.P.

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Sep 7, 2011) - KGS-Alpha Capital Markets, L.P., is pleased to announce that Robert Piano has joined the firm's new asset-backed securitization (ABS) team. Robert joins from Barclays Capital after nine years in its asset securitization group, where he was most recently a Director specializing in esoteric asset transactions.

KGS-Alpha expanded its institutional mortgage-backed, asset-backed and agency debt securities platform in June 2011 with the addition of a four-person ABS team to offer clients best-in-class expertise in originating, structuring and distributing a wide range of transactions backed by esoteric and commercial assets. Robert joins the team to lead the origination of secured financings in the institutional debt markets, including bank, ABS and private placements for primarily non-traditional assets.

Fouad Onbargi, who joined KGS-Alpha in June as head of origination and investment banking, said, "KGS-Alpha has built an exceptional firm that is devoted to providing clients with the best possible range of financing capabilities, now including important ABS options. In a short amount of time, we have won two significant ABS mandates in the aircraft sector and are actively exploring opportunities in structured settlements, lotteries and auto loans among others." Onbargi also noted that "Robert's expertise in the esoteric markets, particularly in natural resource and infrastructure, adds yet more strength to our growing franchise."

KGS-Alpha co-founder and CEO Levent Kahraman said, "We are succeeding in our strategy to build a premier broker-dealer providing solutions for institutional clients seeking superior service for their evolving and complex needs. By broadening our product base, our service model directly meets the needs of our clients in the capital markets."

Commenting on KGS-Alpha's consistent growth, co-founder and President Dan Goldman said, "We started KGS-Alpha in 2010 with less than 15 people in one office and now have a team of more than 75 professionals located in New York, Boston, San Francisco, Boca Raton, Chicago, Reston, and St. Louis. Our strong, client-focused reputation has attracted and continues to attract talented professionals who are building a unique franchise." Goldman emphasized, "We are well situated to access the capital markets on behalf of our ABS investment banking clients and provide products to our investor base."

Since opening its doors in 2010, KGS-Alpha has also raised $150 million in two rounds of equity financing, most recently a $75 million investment led by an affiliate of Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP), one of Canada's largest and most successful pension plans, with over $30 billion in net assets.

About KGS-Alpha Capital Markets, L.P.
Co-founder and CEO Levent Kahraman started his trading career and worked with Salomon Brothers for eight years prior to joining Barclays Capital, where he devoted five years to building a leading-edge mortgage-backed securities business. Co-founder and President Dan Goldman brings a wealth of industry experience to KGS-Alpha Capital Markets, L.P. Dan Goldman was with Salomon Brothers/Citigroup for 25 years as head of North American fixed income sales and co-head of U.S. rates. For more information about KGS-Alpha, visit

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