Kingswood U.S. I-Banking Team Aims At Defense Opportunities

Firm Hires Army Veterans With Capital Markets Expertise To Focus On Defense And Aerospace Sectors
Michael Nessim, CEO & Managing Partner, Kingswood U.S., and Jeff Thompson, Managing Director, Kingswood Defense Group
Michael Nessim, CEO & Managing Partner, Kingswood U.S., and Jeff Thompson, Managing Director, Kingswood Defense Group

Kingswood U.S., a New York City-based wealth management and financial services firm, expanded its in-house investment banking services with the formation of Kingswood Defense Group (KDG). This new team, led by a group of U.S. military and capital market veterans, will support companies within the national defense and aerospace sectors, the company announced this week.

The group has “deep-rooted and enduring connections at all levels within the defense and financial industries,” according to the company, and will work with its clients to drive innovation and growth within these industry sectors.

“This new group represents a balanced combination of defense expertise and world-class investment capabilities that will help our clients gain access to capital markets and catapult them to their next stage of growth within these incredibly competitive and complex sectors,” said Michael Nessim, CEO and Managing Partner of Kingswood U.S. “We’re honored that this incredible team of decorated U.S. military veterans has made their home at Kingswood.”

KDG collaborates with public and private companies on their strategic planning, M&A and capital market needs, and provides guidance to enhance their current operations, product development, Department of Defense (DOD) procurement strategies and evaluation of global markets.

Team Leadership

Army veteran Jeff Thompson heads this team of senior-level executives and former military leaders. Since leaving the military, Thompson has held positions across capital markets, investment management, private equity, venture capital and banking.

“[KDG has] an unparalleled understanding of what is needed to be successful in the defense procurement and contracting process.”

Jeff Thompson, Managing Director, Kingswood Defense Group

“We are thrilled to begin our work as Kingswood Defense Group,” Thompson said. “I am honored to work with this team of exceptional Army veterans; they have extensive expertise in bringing cutting-edge technology and capabilities to our Armed Forces, deep networks and an unparalleled understanding of what is needed to be successful in the defense procurement and contracting process. I can’t think of another group more capable.”

Thompson will be joined by Special Forces veteran Scott Robison, DOD weapons system expert Marcos A. Cervantes and former Executive Director of the Army Applications Laboratory Jay Wisham.

In April, Kingswood added four senior hires to its investment banking team. It is part of the Kingswood Group network of wealth management firms that oversees more than $14 billion in client assets globally.

Janeesa Hollingshead, Contributing Editor at Wealth Solutions Report, can be reached at editor@wealthsolutionsreport.com.

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