Raymond James Ltd. Hires Jeremy Rakusin As Head of Mergers and Acquisitions, Investment Banking



    TORONTO, Aug. 21 /CNW/ - Investment dealer Raymond James Ltd., the
Canadian arm of North American investment dealer Raymond James Financial Inc.,
today announced that industry veteran, Jeremy Rakusin, will join the firm
effective September 9, 2009. Jeremy assumes a newly created position on the
firm's Canadian Investment Banking team as Managing Director and Head of
Mergers and Acquisitions.
    "Jeremy will play an integral role in providing strategic leadership to
take our mergers and acquisitions capabilities to a higher level," says Paul
Allison, President and Chief Executive Officer, Raymond James Ltd. "His focus
will be to leverage the unique domestic and cross border mergers and
acquisitions expertise of Raymond James and deepen relationships with Canadian
corporate clients."
    Jeremy is a seasoned industry professional. Over the past three years he
has served as a senior officer and Portfolio Manager of Trapeze Capital. Prior
to joining Trapeze, Jeremy was Director of Global Markets and Investment
Banking, Mergers and Acquisitions at Merrill Lynch Canada where, over a
nine-year period, he played a senior leadership role in many of the nation's
most significant M & A transactions.
    "Jeremy has earned a solid reputation for his ability to support
corporate clients with innovative ideas and value added growth solutions,"
says Allison. "We are confident he will deliver the same high quality results
as a key partner in helping us achieve our strategic goals for building our
mergers and acquisitions business in Canada."

    Raymond James is a leading North American independent full service
investment dealer offering a full range of professional investments and
products including: private client service, financial and estate planning,
portfolio management, insurance, equity research, investment banking and
institutional sales and trading. Through its network of approximately 4,800
Financial Advisors in Canada, the United States and key international centres,
Raymond James serves more than 1.3 million individual investors and families
and manages more than $220 billion in client assets under administration. For
more information about Raymond James, please visit our web site at
www.raymondjames.ca





For further information:

For further information: Peter Kahnert, Senior Vice President, Corporate
Communications and Marketing, (416) 777-7052, peter.kahnert@raymondjames.ca;
Raymond James Ltd., 5300-40 King Street West, Scotia Plaza, Toronto, Ontario,
M5H 3Y2, (416) 777-7000 Phone, (416) 777-7020 Fax, Member of Canadian Investor
Protection Fund

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