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Stifel Financial Corp. Strengthens Emerging Market Sales Team with Key Hires

Stifel Financial Corp., a leading financial services holding company, has announced the addition of key hires to its Emerging Market (EM) Sales team. Sarah Smadja joins as the Head of Emerging Market Sales-UK, while Erick Garces and JP Garces come on board as EM sales specialists. This strategic move aims to strengthen Stifel’s investment and commitment to its emerging markets business.

Sarah Smadja brings over 15 years of experience in EM sales, having worked at prestigious institutions such as Morgan Stanley, Unicredit Bank, Credit Agricole, and HSBC. With her extensive knowledge of credit, rates, and structured products in Asia, CEEMEA, and Latin America, she will provide valuable insights to a diverse range of institutional clients. Based in Stifel’s London office, Sarah will play a pivotal role in expanding the firm’s presence in the UK market.

Erick Garces and JP Garces, who have over 20 years of experience in the industry, will enhance Stifel’s Central America and Caribbean sales capabilities. Their expertise will further strengthen coverage of pension funds and institutions throughout Latin America. Previously associated with StoneX Financial, they have also worked at Susquehanna International, Oppenheimer, and Jefferies.

David Rubulotta, Deputy Co-Head of Fixed Income Capital Markets at Stifel, expressed his excitement about the new additions to the team. He emphasized that Stifel’s experienced sales team is a cornerstone of the high-touch service provided to clients. The company is confident that Sarah, Erick, and JP will contribute significantly to the growth and success of the emerging markets business.

Daniel Gardella, Head of Emerging Markets at Stifel, highlighted the opportunity to bring on sales professionals with a proven track record of success and deep understanding of the emerging markets space. This strategic move aligns with Stifel’s commitment to meeting the specific needs of institutional investors.

Stifel’s Fixed Income Capital Markets Group offers a comprehensive suite of products and services to financial institutions, depositary institutions, funds, insurance companies, money managers, state and local governments in North America, Europe, and Asia. The group’s broad distribution platform, supported by over 270 sales professionals, positions Stifel as a trusted partner in generating revenue, preserving wealth, and facilitating business growth.

Stifel Financial Corp., headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, conducts its banking, securities, and financial services business through various wholly owned subsidiaries. The company’s broker-dealer affiliates provide a range of services, including securities brokerage, investment banking, trading, investment advisory, and related financial services.

With these strategic hires, Stifel Financial Corp. is well-positioned to further strengthen its foothold in the emerging markets and deliver exceptional service to its institutional fixed income clients. For more information about Stifel, please visit their website at

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