Christopher Ricciardi is a founding principal of Mead Park. Prior to joining Mead Park, Mr. Ricciardi held various executive positions including President at IFMI. Prior to joining IFMI, Mr. Ricciardi was a Managing Director and Global Head of Structured Credit Products for Merrill Lynch. Prior to joining Merrill Lynch in April 2003, Mr. Ricciardi was a Managing Director and Head of U.S. Structured Credit Products at Credit Suisse. Mr. Ricciardi began his career at Prudential Securities. Mr. Ricciardi has been a member of the advisory boards of The Robins School of Business (University of Richmond) and the Richmond Council (University of Richmond) since 2007. Mr. Ricciardi joined the board of the LSE Centennial Fund, a charitable organization created for the purpose of supporting and advancing the London School of Economics' mission of research and teaching excellence in the social sciences, in 2010. He earned a B.A. from the University of Richmond with one term at the London School of Economics and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also a CFA charterholder.
IFMI is a financial services company specializing in credit-related fixed income investments. IFMI was founded in 1999 as an investment firm focused on small-cap banking institutions, but has grown to provide an expanding range of asset management, capital markets, and investment banking solutions to institutional investors and corporations. IFMI's primary operating segments are Capital Markets and Asset Management. The Capital Markets segment consists of credit-related fixed income sales, trading, and financing as well as new issue placements in corporate and securitized products and advisory services, operating primarily through IFMI's subsidiaries, C&Co/PrinceRidge Holdings LP and JVB Financial Holdings, LLC in the United States, and Cohen & Company Financial Limited in Europe. The Asset Management segment manages assets through collateralized debt obligations, permanent capital vehicles, and managed accounts. As of March 31, 2013, IFMI managed approximately $6.2 billion in credit-related fixed income assets in a variety of asset classes including U.S. trust preferred securities, European hybrid capital securities, Asian commercial real estate debt, and mortgage- and asset-backed securities. For more information, please visit