Jefferies today announced the hiring of Michael Eastwood as a Managing Director and Head of Americas Equity Research. Mr. Eastwood brings to Jefferies over 20 years of securities research experience. He joins the firm from Morgan Stanley, where he was most recently Director of North American Fixed Income Research and, prior to that, Associate Director of North American Equity Research and Head of U.S. Corporate Access. Prior to moving to the U.S. in 2009, he was a ranked European Chemical Analyst at Morgan Stanley for 10 years and at Dresdner Kleinwort Benson for five years based in London. Mr. Eastwood received a MA from the University of Aberdeen. “We are pleased to welcome Michael Eastwood to Jefferies,” commented Steven R. Black, Global Head of Equity Research at Jefferies. “His significant experience in managing well-respected research departments in both equities and fixed income will further extend Jefferies’ leading research franchise and add immediate value to not just our U.S. offering, but our entire global equity offering to our institutional client base. We warmly welcome Michael to the team.” Jefferies' global research effort covers equity, high yield, convertibles, derivatives and option strategies. The team of more than 250 research professionals covers over 2,200 companies in nine major sectors worldwide, including: Business Services, Consumer; Energy; Financial Services; Healthcare; Industrials; Technology, Media and Telecommunications. Among other honors, Jefferies’ equity research group has received numerous awards so far in 2012 from leading financial publications. Jefferies Group, Inc. (NYSE: JEF), the global investment banking firm focused on serving clients for 50 years, is a leader in providing insight, expertise and execution to investors, companies and governments. The firm provides a full range of investment banking, sales, trading, research and strategy across the spectrum of equities, fixed income, foreign exchange, futures and commodities, and also select asset and wealth management strategies, in the Americas, Europe and Asia.