“The dedication, energy and innovation of our company is a reflection of the qualities that characterize our people.”


Management

Daniel G. Cohen, Vice Chairman, President and Chief Executive of European Operations
Lester Brafman, Chief Executive Officer
Joseph W. Pooler, Jr., Chief Financial Officer
Douglas Listman, Chief Accounting Officer and Assistant Treasurer


Asset Management

Paul Vernhes, Cohen & Company Financial Limited


Capital Markets & Investment Banking

JVB Financial Senior Team
Cohen & Company Senior Team


Legal

Rachael Fink, General Counsel


Management


Daniel G. Cohen, Vice Chairman, President and Chief Executive of European Operations
Daniel G. Cohen has served as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors since September 24, 2013 and as President and Chief Executive of the Company’s European operations since September 17, 2013. He served as Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer of the Company from December 16, 2009 through September 24, 2013, as the Chairman of the Board of Directors from October 6, 2006 through September 17, 2013 and as the executive Chairman of the Company from October 18, 2006 through December 16, 2009. In addition, Mr. Cohen has served as the Chairman of the board of managers of our majority owned subsidiary, IFMI, LLC, since 2001, as the Chief Investment Officer of IFMI, LLC since October 2008 and as Chief Executive Officer of IFMI, LLC since December 16, 2009. Mr. Cohen was also the Chief Executive Officer of IFMI, LLC and its subsidiary, Cohen & Company Securities, LLC, a securities brokerage firm, from September 2001 until February 2006. He previously served as Chief Executive Officer of RAIT Financial Trust (NYSE: RAS), a real estate finance company focused on the commercial real estate industry, from December 2006 when it merged with Taberna Realty Finance Trust to February 2009, and served as a trustee from the date RAIT acquired Taberna until his resignation from that position on February 26, 2010. Mr. Cohen was Chairman of the board of trustees of Taberna Realty Finance Trust from its inception in March 2005 until December 2006 and its Chief Executive Officer from March 2005 to December 2006. Mr. Cohen has served as Chairman of Cohen Financial Group, Inc., or CFG, which is in the process of liquidation, since its inception in April 2007. Mr. Cohen is currently a director of Star Asia, a joint venture investing in Asian commercial real estate, and a director of Muni Funding Company of America, LLC, or MFCA, a company investing in middle-market non-profit organizations. Since 2000, Mr. Cohen has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors of The Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ: TBBK), a holding company for The Bancorp Bank, which provides various commercial and retail banking products and services to small and mid-size businesses and their principals in the United States. He also served as the Chairman of the Board of Dekania Acquisition Corp. (NYSE: DEK), a publicly held business combination company focused on acquiring businesses that operate within the insurance industry, from its inception in February 2006 until December 2006, and remained a director of Dekania Acquisition Corp until its liquidation in February 2009. Mr. Cohen served as a member of the board of directors of TRM Corporation (OTC:TRMM), a publicly held consumer services company, from 2000 to September 2006 and as its Chairman from 2003 to September 2006.
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Lester Brafman, Chief Executive Officer
Lester Brafman is CEO of J.V.B. Financial Group, LLC and IFMI, JVB’s parent company. Prior to joining IFMI, during an 11-year tenure at Goldman Sachs, Mr. Brafman served as Chief Operating Officer of Credit and Mortgage Trading, and as Head of High Yield and Distressed Trading. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs in 2001, Mr. Brafman spent over six years at Credit Suisse first Boston, holding numerous roles of increasing responsibility, most recently as Head of High Yield Trading, and previously Head of Emerging Market and Sovereign Trading. He also spent several years at Wasserstein Perella & Co. and Lehman Brothers. Mr. Brafman received a B.A. at Columbia University and an M.B.A. from the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration, Dartmouth College.
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Joseph W. Pooler, Jr., Chief Financial Officer
Joseph W. Pooler, Jr. has served as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of the Company since December 16, 2009 and as IFMI, LLC’s Chief Financial Officer since November 2007 and as Chief Administrative Officer since May 2007. From July 2006 through November 2007, he also served as Senior Vice President of Finance of IFMI, LLC. From November 2007 through March 2009, Mr. Pooler also served as Chief Financial Officer of Muni Funding Company of America, LLC, a company investing in middle-market non-profit organizations. Prior to joining IFMI, LLC, from 1999 through 2005, Mr. Pooler held key management positions at Pegasus Communications Corporation (now known as Xanadoo Company (OTC: XAND)), which operated in the direct broadcast satellite television and broadcast television station segments. While at Pegasus, Mr. Pooler held various positions including Chief Financial Officer, Principal Accounting Officer, and Senior Vice President of Finance. From 1993 through 1999, Mr. Pooler held various management positions with MEDIQ, Incorporated, including Corporate Controller, Director of Operations, and Director of Sales Support. Mr. Pooler holds a B.A. from Ursinus College, an M.B.A. from Drexel University, and was a Certified Public Accountant in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (license lapsed).
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Douglas Listman, Chief Accounting Officer and Assistant Treasurer
Douglas Listman has served as the Chief Accounting Officer of the Company since December 2009 and Chief Accounting Officer of IFMI, LLC since 2006. From 2004 to 2006, Mr. Listman served as an associate for Resources Global Professionals (a worldwide accounting services consulting firm). From 1992 to 2003, Mr. Listman served in various accounting and finance positions including: senior accountant with KPMG; Assistant Corporate Controller of Integrated Health Services (a publicly traded provider of skilled nursing services; NYSE: IHS); Controller of Integrated Living Communities (a publicly traded provider of assisted living services; NASDAQ: ILCC); Chief Financial Officer of Senior Lifestyles Corporation (a private owned provider of assisted living services); and Chief Financial Officer of Monarch Properties (a privately owned health care facility real estate investment company). Mr. Listman is a Certified Public Accountant and graduated from the University of Delaware with a B.S. in accounting.
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Asset Management


Paul Vernhes, Cohen & Company Financial Limited

Mr. Vernhes is President of Cohen & Compagnie SAS and Managing Director of Cohen & Company Financial Limited. He has 17 years of insurance experience. Mr. Vernhes also served as chief financial officer of Dekania Corp from February 2006 until March 2009. From January 2004 to April 2005, Mr. Vernhes was the chief financial officer of Corifrance, the French reinsurance subsidiary of Markel Corp. Prioer to and in addition to his role as chief financial officer, Mr. Vernhes served as a treaty and facultative reinsurance underwriter for Corifrance in Europe and Latin America. Previously, Mr. Vernhes served as a strategy and management consultant to the insurance industry at A.T. Kearney and Deloitte & Touche Consulting Group. He is fluent in French, English and Spanish. Mr. Vernhes is a graduate of the Ecole de Hautes Etudes Commerciales (“HEC”) and holds a M.Sc. in Finance from the London School of Economics (“LSE”).
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Legal


Rachael Fink, General Counsel

Ms. Fink has served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel,and Secretary of Institutional Financial Markets, Inc. since December 16, 2009 and as IFMI LLC’s General Counsel since January 2008. Ms. Fink joined IFMI, LLC in June 2006. Prior to that, Ms. Fink was an associate in the Structured Finance and Derivatives practice group of the Corporate Department of Weil, Gotshal & Manges, LLP. Ms. Fink has also practiced law at Latham & Watkins LLP and Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver and Jacobson LLP, both in New York. Ms. Fink has a BA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and a JD, cum laude, from Brooklyn Law School. Ms. Fink is a member of the New York bar.
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