MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Piper Jaffray Companies (NYSE: PJC), a leading investment bank and asset management firm, today completed its purchase of BMO Capital Markets GKST Inc. (“GKST”), BMO Capital Markets’ municipal bond sales, trading and origination business. The transaction follows last month’s closing of Piper Jaffray’s acquisition of another Chicago-based firm, River Branch Holdings LLC.
The GKST acquisition, which was announced in July, adds depth and breadth to Piper Jaffray’s fixed income institutional sales, trading and underwriting platform, in addition to increasing the firm’s public finance presence in the Illinois market. It will also strengthen the firm’s strategy and analytics capabilities as it continues to build out its financial institutions franchise.
“We are pleased to welcome GKST to our firm. As we bring our talented teams and capabilities together, we will provide broader and stronger fixed income offerings for clients, while expanding our presence in the Chicago market,” said Andrew Duff, chairman and CEO of Piper Jaffray.
Terms of the transactions were not disclosed.
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Piper Jaffray Companies (NYSE: PJC) is an investment bank and asset management firm headquartered in Minneapolis with offices across the U.S. and in London, Zurich and Hong Kong. Securities brokerage and investment banking services are offered in the United States through Piper Jaffray & Co., member NYSE and SIPC, in Europe through Piper Jaffray Ltd., authorized and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, and in Hong Kong through Piper Jaffray Hong Kong, authorized and regulated by the Securities and Futures Commission. Asset management products and services are offered through three separate investment advisory affiliates registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission: Advisory Research Inc., Piper Jaffray Investment Management LLC and PJC Capital Partners LLC.
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