The total book value of the equity interests and cash to be contributed by IFMI to PrinceRidge is $45 million. JVB Financial Group, LLC, which was recently acquired by IFMI, is not included in the transaction. JVB operates as an investment firm specializing in the wholesale distribution of fixed income securities such as CDs, MBS, agency securities, corporates, municipals and structured products. “IFMI remains committed to JVB’s growth, and we believe there will be significant synergies with the new PrinceRidge combined business,” Mr. Cohen said.
IFMI anticipates that a substantial majority of its capital markets employees other than those dedicated to JVB, as well as certain support staff, totaling approximately 61 professionals, will continue their association under the new structure. It is also anticipated that most of the professionals in IFMI’s European capital markets operation will join their U.S. colleagues as part of the new structure after PrinceRidge obtains its FSA license in the United Kingdom.
Both Mr. Costas and Mr. Hutchins will continue in their current roles at PrinceRidge as Chairman and CEO, respectively. In addition, Mr. Cohen will serve as Vice Chairman, Chief Investment Officer and Managing Director of Structured Products for PrinceRidge. PrinceRidge’s Board of Directors will be comprised of five members: three IFMI appointees who currently serve on the IFMI Board of Directors, including Mr. Cohen, Walter Beach and Lance Ullom; as well as Mr. Costas and Mr. Hutchins. Mr. Costas will serve as the Chairman of the PrinceRidge Board of Directors. Also, IFMI announced that it has entered into an amended employment arrangement with Chris Ricciardi, who will remain as the President of IFMI through a transition period but will no longer serve as CEO of IFMI’s capital markets division.
The PrinceRidge transaction is subject to review by FINRA, the self-regulatory agency in which both the IFMI and PrinceRidge broker-dealer firms involved in the transaction are members. If FINRA does not take any action to halt the transaction or impose interim restrictions that would effectively prevent it from taking place, the parties anticipate that the transaction will be completed within 30 to 60 days. The transaction is not subject to shareholder approval.