Mufson Howe Hunter, Investment Bankers for Growth

Joseph M. Manko, Jr. Joins Mufson Howe Hunter

June 7th, 2011

Philadelphia, PA – June 7, 2011- Mufson Howe Hunter & Company LLC, a boutique investment bank focusing on middle-market companies, announced that Joseph M. Manko, Jr., has joined the investment bank as a Managing Director.  Mr. Manko was previously a Partner and Chief Executive Officer of Switzerland-based BZ Fund Management Limited, where he was responsible for their asset management business.  Prior to that, Manko was a Managing Director with Deutsche Bank in London where he ran their European Equity Capital Markets business and was a Vice President with Merrill Lynch in its Hong Kong investment banking office.   Before his 17 year investment banking career, Mr. Manko was a corporate finance attorney at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.

As an experienced, high profile investment banker, Mr. Manko brings to Mufson Howe Hunter experience in the global capital markets for growth companies as well as in principle investments.  Mr. Manko will focus on infrastructure, alternative & renewable energy and environmental services, where he also enjoys close family connections.  Additionally, he will be covering the life sciences space where he was an active investment banker and investor with European companies.  Having spent over 17 years at investment banks in both Europe and Asia, Mr. Manko has developed significant relationships with global companies as well as with European and Asian private equity and investment funds.  Mr. Manko has also served on the boards of several private companies in his areas of industry coverage.  

“We are pleased to have Joe Manko join our growing investment banking firm,” states Managing Director, Michael Mufson. “I have known Joe Manko for a number of years over which time I have developed a great appreciation and respect for his numerous accomplishments.   Knowing his local roots, I had also proposed an investment banking collaboration, if and when he eventually returned to Philadelphia.  Over his impressive career, Joe has repeatedly demonstrated his ability to lead and grow investment banking and direct investment businesses.  This hire,  together with our recent addition of Peter Hill, formerly Head of Stifel Nicolaus’ National Business Services Industry Group and its Philadelphia Investment Banking office,  further  expands our partnership  and brings to our middle market client base a global perspective, which truly differentiates us in our markets.” 

Joseph M. Manko, Jr., said, “I am very excited to be joining Mufson Howe Hunter & Company.  In returning to the United States, I was looking for an opportunity where my experience and relationships could add value and help the firm grow.  Mufson Howe Hunter has a strong base of loyal clients as well as an accomplished, experienced team, which provides a solid foundation on which to build.  In addition, Mufson Howe Hunter’s entrepreneurial spirit is unique in the market and it allows the firm to better to understand its clients’ needs and be more creative in providing solutions.  I hope to bring complementary skills and new relationships to the firm and am looking forward to helping expand their business.”

Mr. Mufson concluded, “Together with the recent hiring of Peter Hill, who enjoys national recognition for his business services investment banking expertise, the addition of Joe Manko with his international profile allows us to leverage our investment banking platform and capitalize on the significant growth of domestic and international investment banking transactions over the next several years.  Middle market firms will need experienced, professional and trustworthy advisors to help them navigate a quickening pace of strategic and private equity activity, and we are investing to ensure we can meet our clients growing demand.”

About Mufson Howe Hunter & Company
Mufson Howe Hunter & Company LLC is an independent investment bank specializing in mergers & acquisitions, recapitalizations and private placements of debt and equity for middle-market companies. Our senior professionals are seasoned investment bankers with over 20 years experience each and have completed more than 300 transactions for clients. We have completed transactions in many industries, but are particularly strong in business services, consumer services, consumer products, retail, life sciences and wholesale/distribution. 

Mufson Howe Hunter through a wholly owned subsidiary is a registered broker/dealer and a member of FINRA and SIPC.