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Friday August 22nd, 2014  posted by Victor Poma


MIAMI, FL August 22, 2014 – Advanced Capital Securities, a Latin American investment bank that capitalizes on regional and international market synergies for its clients, has completed the purchase of Lake Forest Securities LLC, a Chicago-based broker-dealer, which specializes in high-grade corporate fixed income securities and municipal bonds.  The sale, which was initially announced in April, received final approval on August 20th from FINRA, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. Lake Forest Securities will now operate under the name of AdCap Securities.

With the acquisition of Lake Forest, Miami-based Advanced Capital expands its U.S. client base and broadens its product offerings, as well as its research capabilities, for its international clients, primarily in Latin America. Advanced Capital has brokerage, capital markets and asset management operations in Argentina, Uruguay and Peru.

“The acquisition of Lake Forest, which operates in six States, not only expands our footprint in the United States,” said Daniel Canel, CEO of Advanced Capital Group, “but also deepens our expertise in the U.S. corporate and government bond markets, as well as our overall market intelligence. It’s another key piece in our regional capital markets strategy.” In February, Advanced Capital acquired Latmark Asset Management LLC, a boutique investment advisor based in Miami.

Advanced Capital is a regional investment bank that operates in the capital markets of both Latin America and the U.S. “The fact that Advanced Capital is headquartered in the United States, with execution capabilities in its equity and fixed income markets, provides our clients in Latin America a stamp of approval for our regulatory infrastructure and corporate governance,” said Gustavo Dominguez, CEO of AdCap Securities.

Lake Forest Securities, founded in 1998, operates in the U.S. Mid-West, specifically in Illinois, Ohio, Wisconsin and Michigan, as well as the southern States of Texas and Florida. The broker-dealer is primarily focused in high-grade corporate fixed income and municipal bonds, but also engages in equities trading, mutual funds and mortgages trading.

Regional Footprint/Unique Cross-border Model

Lake Forest is a strategic addition to Advanced Capital’s international platform, which it has been building through acquisitions across the Americas. Following the acquisition of Latmark in February, the firm purchased Andes Securities SAB and Andes Securities SAFI, a leading brokerage firm and investment fund manager in Peru.

With established brokerage, asset management and investment banking talent and capabilities across Latin America and in the U.S., Advanced Capital has a regional footprint that allows it to offer unique investment opportunities to clients, as well as capital raising services for emerging companies in Latin America. “Our geographic diversification gives us unparalleled insight and access,” says CEO Canel. “The cross-fertilization and cross-border synergies that this generates is unmatched in our industry.”

About Advanced Capital

Advanced Capital is an investment bank that focuses on emerging companies and institutional and individual investors in Latin America. Services include transactions in local, intra-regional, international stock and fixed-income markets, mutual funds, asset management, investment consulting, and corporate finance services. Advanced Capital is present in Argentina, Uruguay, the U.S. and Peru.

Daniel Canel, Chief Executive Officer of Advanced Capital Group, is an expert investment banker, business leader and financial industry pioneer. On Wall Street, he ran the emerging markets divisions at JP Morgan, Chase Manhattan Bank and UBS. Canel has assumed consulting positions for governments, financial institutions and corporations in Latin America, Eastern Europe and Asia. He also served as President and founder of Patagon, the first international online bank with more than 750 employees in nine cities of Latin America, Europe and the United States.

Gustavo Dominguez, CEO of AdCap Securities is a Wall Street veteran. He was previously in charge of the global trading division for emerging markets and sat on the Executive Committee for the Americas at JP Morgan. Dominguez was also in charge of the international division of Chase Manhattan Bank’s fixed-income unit. Most recently, he served as the portfolio managing director and member of the investment committee at Gottex Fund Management. Over the past three years, Dominguez has worked as an independent consultant and investment advisor.

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