Cross River launches Premier Fintech Investment Banking Franchise

Expansion leverages unique position in the industry with extensive connectivity, differentiated insights and full-service capabilities Benjamin Samuels & Henry Pinnell to co-lead effort
BusinessWireFebruary 27, 20244 min

CRB Group, Inc. the parent company of Cross River Bank and CRB Securities, LLC (“CRBS”), announced the launch of an Investment Banking strategy, marking a significant milestone in the Company’s growth trajectory and doubling down on its commitment to serving the fintech community. The firm will assist its clients in achieving their strategic goals by advising on their most critical decisions, including mergers & acquisitions, capital markets transactions and other corporate finance matters. The Investment Banking team will be a part of CRB Securities, LLC, and will be led by industry veterans Benjamin Samuels and Henry Pinnell as Co-Heads of Investment Banking.

“We are proud to launch our investment banking division of our broker dealer with two well-respected professionals in the industry, combining decades of experience in both the fintech industry and capital markets,” said Gilles Gade, Founder and CEO of Cross River. “Ben and Henry are tasked with enhancing even further our product offering to our fintech partners and beyond, enabling us to solve the distinct needs of each and every client.”

With a steadfast commitment to innovation in financial services, Cross River’s Investment Banking team will leverage its extensive experience, network and expertise in banking to provide a truly comprehensive suite of services to its fintech clients. To date, CRB Securities, LLC has primarily focused on assisting clients with privately placed credit transactions, including asset-backed securities. The decision to expand into investment banking comes at a time of increasing demand for creative solutions in fintech and our commitment to serving our every client’s strategic needs.

Benjamin Samuels joins as Co-Head of Investment Banking from Morgan Stanley, where he was most recently the Co-Head of Alternative Capital Solutions within the Global Capital Markets group. In his role he led the firm’s Equity Private Placements, SPAC and PIPE efforts globally. Benjamin has over a decade of experience having previously held various roles at Cowen, Evercore and Stephens within the Capital Advisory and Financial Institutions Group where he advised on mergers and acquisitions, capital markets and complex strategic transactions.

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