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Pritchard Capital and Global Hunter to create energy-focused investment bank

The new firm will offer a range of investment-banking services

Pritchard Capital Partners, an energy investment bank and institutional financial services firm, and Global Hunter Securities have signed a letter of intent to form Pritchard Global Hunter Securities, a full-service energy-focused investment bank.

As Pritchard Global Hunter Securities, the new firm will offer a range of investment-banking services targeted toward small- to mid-cap energy. Consummation of the plan is subject to usual and customary conditions, including regulatory approval.

As part of this transaction, Thomas Pritchard, managing partner and founder of Pritchard Capital, will become president and managing director of capital markets, and Daniel Conwill, the CEO of Global Hunter Securities, will be CEO and head of investment banking at Pritchard Global Hunter Securities.

Edward Lainfiesta, currently president of Global Hunter Securities, will become vice chairman of Pritchard Global Hunter Securities, and Todd Giustiniano, the current CFO of Pritchard Capital, will be CFO of the new entity.

Financial terms of the transaction are not being disclosed. The combined companies will remained based in New Orleans, with offices in New York, Houston, Washington, DC, Atlanta and Newport Beach, California.

Pritchard was represented by Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz. Global Hunter was represented by Jones Walker.

Mr Pritchard said: We are expanding our investment-banking capabilities to include both equity and debt offerings and will continue to provide best-of-class research and sales-and-trading operations throughout the energy sector. Together, we are building a preeminent energy investment bank, which will deliver bulge-bracket execution with a boutique focus.