Mon, Oct 9, 2006

Duff & Phelps Adds Two Managing Directors to Its Investment Banking Practice

Duff & Phelps, a leading independent financial advisory firm, announced today that Brooks Dexter and Dan Zircher have joined the firm as Managing Directors in its Investment Banking practice. 

Brooks Dexter
Brooks Dexter has joined the Los Angeles office of Duff & Phelps from USBX Advisory Services, Inc., where he was Senior Managing Director and Head of Investment Banking. At USBX, Mr. Dexter was responsible for developing the 15-person boutique investment bank, which focused on middle-market M&A transactions. Prior to USBX, Mr. Dexter worked as a senior investment banker for J.P. Morgan, where he was responsible for business development and transaction origination and execution. In his career, Mr. Dexter has closed more than 100 merger and acquisition, debt and equity transactions for clients in many industry sectors, including consumer products, business services, industrials, semiconductors, oil services and distribution. Mr. Dexter received an A.B. in Business from the University of Chicago and an M.B.A., with an emphasis on Finance, from the University of Chicago's Graduate School of Business. 

Daniel Zircher
Daniel Zircher has joined the Chicago office of Duff & Phelps from Mesirow Financial Investment Banking, where he was a Managing Director. At Mesirow Financial, Mr. Zircher worked on transactions for mergers and acquisitions, strategic advisory, and public and private financings for equity and debt. He also led the firm's financial service industry efforts, including securities, derivatives, insurance, asset management and related technologies, and recently closed strategic transactions for the Chicago Stock Exchange and the OneChicago Exchange. Prior to Mesirow Financial, Mr. Zircher was a senior banker in the Corporate Finance Group at Merrill Lynch and BDO Seidman, where he worked on more than 100 transactions across a variety of industries. Mr. Zircher received a B.S. in Accounting from Northern Illinois University and an M.B.A. from DePaul University. 

"Dan and Brooks are important additions to our investment banking practice, and their unique backgrounds and experience will benefit the entire company," said Stephen Burt, Head of Investment Banking. "With Brooks' leadership skills and Dan's strong financial institutions background, we will continue to grow our investment banking business, and expand efforts into dynamic industries." 

About Duff & Phelps, LLC 
Duff & Phelps, LLC is one of the world's leading independent financial advisory firms serving client needs in the areas of valuation, investment banking and transaction advice, and dispute consulting. We are the foremost provider of industry focused, independent and objective valuation insight and advice. Our services include financial reporting and tax valuation, transfer pricing, real estate and fixed asset services, merger and acquisition advisory, fairness and solvency opinions, due diligence and dispute consulting. With more than 700 employees serving clients worldwide through offices in the United States, Europe and Asia, Duff & Phelps is committed to delivering insightful advice and service of exceptional quality, integrity and objectivity. For more information, visit

Media Contact: 
Sherri Saltzman
+1 973 264 2329
[email protected]

Corporate Finance and Restructuring

M&A advisory, restructuring and insolvency, debt advisory, strategic alternatives, transaction diligence and independent financial opinions.

Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) Advisory

Kroll’s investment banking practice has extensive experience in M&A deal strategy and structuring, capital raising, transaction advisory services and financial sponsor coverage.

Alternative Asset Advisory

Heightened regulatory concerns and vigilance, together with increased investor scrutiny, have led to increased demand for independent expert advice.

Fixed Asset Advisory Services

Kroll provides clients the transparency they need by identifying, managing, and valuing their fixed assets.