BrokerDealers That Do Dare To Be Different: Diversity & Inclusion

dean chamberlain blog update takes a different tact in this post and sends a salute to 6-pack leader Citigroup, along with interest-aligned boutique firms Mischler Financial Group and Williams Capital for a focus on something other than its trading PnL. The topic? Diversity & Inclusion. Sounds corny, sounds like a social program that merely meets the ‘check the box’ approach by those who know they have to seem good to get paid. But then again, because this platform connects with broker-dealers across the US, as well as throughout the rest of the free world in which capitalism reigns, the team at knows that the initiative highlighted here is nothing short of genuine.

Mischler Financial Group, the financial industry’s oldest minority firm owned and operated by Service-Disabled Veterans [and the securities industry’s only federally-certified SDVBE] along with Williams Capital, the industry’s leading African-American owned brokerdealer have taken great pride in playing a supporting role in the below Citigroup-produced video profiling the firm’s unqualified dedication to diversity and inclusion that Citi, one of the world’s largest banks and a Top 25 Fortune corporations maintains across their entire ecosystem.

A founder of Veterans On Wall Street (VOWS) along with Deutsche Bank and Goldman Sachs, as well as being “a lead book-runner” in multiple year-round initiatives to advance the support of many great causes, Citi is a true thought leader on the topic of D&I within the context of not only the financial services sector, but also within the framework of global corporation best practices.

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The video below, which formally aired April 10 (also available on the Citi blog) is uniquely impactful thanks to the influential roles played by Citi leaders Kate Oddo, Director of Debt Capital Markets, Patrice Altongy Managing Director Fixed Income Capital Markets, Citigroup Global Markets Inc. and Karen Papazian, Director, Dealer Lending Operations, Toyota Financial Services. The presentation speaks volumes as to Citi’s D&I-driven relationship with Toyota Motors Inc. (NYSE:TM) wholly-owned subsidiary, Toyota Motor Credit Corporation (TMCC), one of the global capital markets’ most focused Issuers of securities, and indisputably, one of the corporate world’s most respected D&I practitioners.

The clip below, entitled “Wall Street Leaders Can Dare to be Different” profiles just one of many approaches on the part of Citi to further the importance of D&I initiatives, and represents a welcome and increasingly growing trend taking place across Wall Street.

Sharing the same philosophy that Citi is dedicated to, the leadership and team at Mischler Financial Group is unabashedly dedicated to the thesis that Diversity & Inclusion programs strike at the heart of corporate best practices. We believe that those who embrace the tenants of D&I are likely to be better for it in the eyes of their stakeholders , which necessarily include respective employees, the consumers and communities they serve, and the investors/shareholders who look to corporate leaders to always deliver better performance.

Alibaba IPO: Minority BrokerDealer Owned by Service-Disabled Vets Wins IPO Selling Group Mandate

Courtesy of CNBC coverage (see below clip), Mischler Financial Group, the financial industry’s oldest minority broker-dealer owned and operated by service-disabled veterans was one of the few minority broker-dealers chosen by Alibaba executive management to serve as a member of the selling group for the world’s largest IPO to date. salutes the capital markets and syndicate team at Mischler Financial.

Best-In-Class Minority BrokerDealer Profile: Mischler Financial Group blog is pleased to profile Mischler Financial Group, the financial industry’s oldest and largest minority brokerdealer/investment bank owned and operated by Service-Disabled military veterans. Now celebrating its 20th anniversary, the firm’s founder and Chairman Walt Mischler is a West Point graduate who served 2 tours of duty in Vietnam prior to being injured in the line of duty. CEO Dean Chamberlain, also a West Point grad, and also certified as a disabled veteran consequent to injuries he sustained during a helicopter training mission, is widely-recognized across the debt capital markets space, much in part due to his prior role as Head of Fixed Income/Americas for global investment bank Nomura Securities.

Mischler is the securities industry’s only federally-certified BD and maintains a significant footprint across both primary debt and equities capital markets where the firm serves as a underwriter, manager, co-manager and/or selling group member for corporate issuers bringing new debt or equities to the investment marketplace. The firm is also one of few in the industry that operates a 24/6 “high touch + high tech” trading desk that facilitates agency-only, direct market access and best execution for institutional clients transacting in US domestic markets and 100+ international equities markets. The firm’s website is located at

International Equities Execution Expert Enlists With BrokerDealer Industry’s Oldest Firm Owned-Operated By Service-Disabled Veterans

Mischler Financial Group Adds To International Equities Best Execution Team;

Global Bank Trading Veteran Appointed to Senior Role for 24/6 Agency-Only Platform

Immediate News Release

Stamford, CT July 14, 2014—Mischler Financial Group (“MFG”), the securities industry’s oldest minority investment bank/institutional brokerage owned and operated by service-disabled veterans announced that Eric Michalisin, a close on 20-year sell-side industry veteran and a recognized specialist in international equities execution has joined the firm’s agency-only trading desk. Mr. Michalisin has been appointed, Director, International Equities Sales/Trading. Michalisin will be based in the firm’s Stamford, CT office where he will work directly with Managing Director Rob Livio, who oversees the firm’s 24/6 international equities sales/trading platform.

During the 3 years immediately prior to joining Mischler, Mr. Michalisin was Director, International Equities for RBS Securities. During the 7 years prior, he was a senior member of the international equities desk for JP Morgan Chase. Mr. Michalisin began his sell-side career in 1996 as a Far East equities sales/trading specialist for Robert Fleming, Inc and remained with predecessor firm Jardine Fleming Securities throughout 2001.

Noted Joe Digiammo, Mischler’s global head of equities, “Eric’s major firm background, coupled with his unique insight to local market trading, as well as best execution for US-listed ADRs provides our institutional clients with yet another highly-experienced touch-point for those seeking to navigate global equities markets on a 24/6 basis.”

About Mischler Financial Group

Established in 1994, Mischler Financial Group, Inc. (“Mischler”) is the oldest and largest FINRA member firm certified as a Service Disabled Veterans Business Enterprise (SDVBE). Headquartered in Newport Beach, California with regional offices in Stamford, CT, Boston, MA, Chicago, IL and Detroit, MI,the firm serves leading institutional fund managers, corporate treasurers, public plan sponsors, endowments and foundations by providing agency-only execution within the global equities and fixed income markets; new issue underwriting and syndication within the US Equity and Debt capital markets; and asset management for liquid and alternative investment strategies. The firm’s website is located at

For the full news release, please visit the Mischler Financial Group website via this link.