NEW YORK, Jan. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- American Realty Capital ("ARC") today announced a record year in 2012 for advisory transactions as well as several senior-level additions to its investment banking and capital markets team. Capital markets highlights include: American Realty Capital currently advises $13.5 billion of registered public programs in offering. The company has arranged $1.8 billion of debt capital markets transactions and advised on $11.3 billion of mergers and capital markets activities. New hires include: The new hires join a team of approximately 300 professionals and staff members at ARC and its FINRA member broker dealer subsidiary, Realty Capital Securities. Both firms experienced significant growth in 2012, attracting senior talent from top legal, investment banking, sales and capital markets disciplines. "The expansion of our investment banking and capital markets team mirrors the growth in our other key client service areas," noted Nicholas S. Schorsch, Chairman of ARC. "Just as we have expanded our legal, acquisitions, asset management, accounting, property management and leasing capabilities, the hiring of key investment banking and capital markets professionals enables us to serve an ever-growing investor base with world-class insights and execution capabilities." Soon to join the ARC companies are Jonathan Mehlman, Executive Vice President and Managing Director – Advisory and Capital Markets, Imran Ahmed, Executive Vice President and Managing Director, and, joining ARC in November 2012, Firman Leung, Executive Vice President and Managing Director. Mr. Mehlman comes to ARC from KPMG Corporate Finance, where he was Co-Head of the Real Estate, Lodging and Gaming practice. Previously, he held similar positions with HSBC, Citigroup Global Markets and Deutsche Bank Securities.