Stifel Opens Israel Office, Names Dobkin Managing Director

Stifel Financial opened its first office in Israel, focused on investment banking and related institutional services. Alain Dobkin joins Stifel as managing director and Israel country head.

Crestmark Launches Healthcare Financial Services Division

Crestmark has launched a new division offering medical accounts receivable financing to businesses in the healthcare industry.

Sterling Launches Innovation Finance Group

Sterling Bancorp has added veteran technology bankers John Hoesley and Josh Roberts to lead its newly created Innovation Finance Group.

Lazard UK Launches New Venture & Growth Banking Team

Lazard has launched a new team called Lazard Venture and Growth Banking and appointed Garri Jones and Nick James as managing directors in its UK Investment Banking business.

Wingspire Capital Launches Diversified ABL Platform

Wingspire Capital Holdings has launched as an independent diversified direct lender focused on providing ABL financing and related senior secured loans to U.S.-based middle market borrowers.

Bibby Financial Services Launches FreightCheck App

Bibby Financial Services launched the FreightCheck app, which is designed to allow trucking business owners to complete the entire funding application process in just a few simple steps.

Markowitz Leads First Women’s Bank Launch

First Women’s Bank has filed applications with the FDIC and the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation to organize FWBank, an Illinois chartered bank. Former SBA chief Marianne Markowitz will lead the new bank.

Samuels to Lead WSFS Capital Markets Group Launch

WSFS Bank is launching a Capital Markets department under its division of Finance. Ronald “Ron” Samuels, a senior vice president and long-time WSFS associate, has been named director of Capital Markets.

Siena Launches Healthcare Finance Division

Siena Lending Group has launched Siena Healthcare Finance to provide a broad range of asset-based lending solutions for small to mid-sized healthcare companies. Jennifer Sheascreen and Edward Kauffman will lead the new team.

Fifth Third Launches Renewable Energy Investment Banking Group

Fifth Third Securities hired Timothy Beach, Ari Citrin and Oliver Janssen as managing directors to lead its new Renewable Energy Investment Banking Group.