ST. LOUIS, Oct. 30, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Stifel Financial Corp. (NYSE:SF) today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement with B.C. Ziegler & Company ("Ziegler")  to acquire its wealth management business,  Ziegler Wealth Management.  Terms of the transaction were not disclosed and it is expected to close in the first quarter of 2018.

Established in 1902 and headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, Ziegler Wealth Management has 57 private client advisors in 12 branches across five states that manage approximately $4.8 billion in client assets. 

"The addition of the Ziegler businesses is another step in the growth strategy for Stifel.  We have worked with the management team at Ziegler in the past and we are excited to add not only a growing and profitable business to our platform but one whose culture of integrity and putting the client first is very similar to our own,"  said Ronald J. Kruszewski, Chairman and CEO of Stifel. 

"With more than 115 years of experience, Ziegler is known for our depth and breadth of services, the integrity of our operations and client counsel, and the positive impact we have on the communities we serve," said Tom Paprocki, CEO of Ziegler. "The sale of our Wealth Management division to Stifel makes strategic sense, as it allows our colleagues to grow with a company that has an equally impressive 128-year history of helping clients achieve their financial goals. Simultaneously, this move allows us to tighten Ziegler's focus on our institutional offerings, such as investment banking, capital markets and fund management, for clients in the healthcare, senior living and education sectors. These are capabilities upon which we were founded, and for which today we are nationally recognized."

Stifel Company Information Stifel Financial Corp. (NYSE:SF) is a financial services holding company headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, that conducts its banking, securities, and financial services business through several wholly owned subsidiaries. Stifel's broker-dealer clients are served in the United States through Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated; Keefe Bruyette & Woods, Inc.; Miller Buckfire & Co., LLC; Century Securities Associates, Inc.; and Eaton Partners, LLC, and in the United Kingdom and Europe through Stifel Nicolaus Europe Limited. The Company's broker-dealer affiliates provide securities brokerage, investment banking, trading, investment advisory, and related financial services to individual investors, professional money managers, businesses, and municipalities. Stifel Bank & Trust offers a full range of consumer and commercial lending solutions. Stifel Trust Company, N.A. and Stifel Trust Company Delaware, N.A. offer trust and related services. To learn more about Stifel, please visit the Company's web site at 

About Ziegler Ziegler is a privately held investment bank, capital markets and proprietary investments firm, celebrating its 115th anniversary this year. Ziegler is ranked No. 1 in the country in healthcare/senior living underwriters by issuance and No. 4 by par amount (Thomson Reuters, 2016), and is ranked in the top 20 municipal underwriters in the country by volume (Bloomberg, 2016). Specializing in the healthcare, senior living and education sectors, as well as general municipal and structured finance enables Ziegler to generate a positive impact on the communities it serves. Headquartered in Chicago with regional and branch offices throughout the United States, Ziegler provides its clients with capital raising, strategic advisory services, equity and fixed income sales & trading and research. To learn more, visit

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Stifel Investor Relations ContactJoel Jeffrey(212)