Stifel Financial hired Ed Ribaudo as a managing director and head of leveraged finance capital markets. In this new role, Ribaudo will be responsible for leading the firm’s leveraged finance capital markets and syndicate functions and be based in Stifel’s New York City office.

Ribaudo joined Stifel from Houlihan Lokey, where he co-founded and built the firm’s syndicated leveraged finance platform, enabling it to provide underwritten commitments on broadly syndicated leveraged loans. Prior to Houlihan, he spent more than 10 years at GE Capital Markets, where he was responsible for originating, structuring and syndicating sponsor-financed transactions in diversified industries, media and communications, healthcare and energy for sale to the syndicated loan market. Earlier in his career, he was involved in loan sales and trading at Scotia Capital.

“Over the past several years, we have made substantial progress building out our leveraged finance and fixed income capital markets platform,” Eric Needleman, global head of fixed income capital markets at Stifel, said. “We are now taking yet another major step forward with the addition of Ed, who brings extensive credit, product and market experience in leveraged finance. Ed will work closely with the leveraged finance team and our fixed income sales specialists to best execute non-investment-grade debt solutions on behalf of our diverse client base.”