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Falcon Square Capital Opens New West Coast Office

July 29, 2014

Joseph Lawwill, Jennifer Tonda, and Stoughton Conn Join Falcon Square Fixed Income Sales/Trading Division

RALEIGH, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Falcon Square Capital is pleased to announce the establishment of its first West Coast office, which is located in the San Francisco Bay Area. Joseph (Joe) C. Lawwill, Jennifer (Jen) Tonda and Stoughton (Sto) Conn have joined the firm’s Fixed Income Sales/Trading Division as part of Falcon Square’s strategy to strengthen its Investment Grade and High Yield Credit businesses. The West Coast office will expand the institutional client base of Falcon Square in the West and Midwest regions of the United States.

Falcon Square CEO Melissa Pendergrass noted that Lawwill, Tonda, and Conn will have an immediate impact on Falcon Square’s rapidly growing business. “We are delighted that Joe, Jen and Sto have joined Falcon Square. The experience they bring working together as a cohesive unit to develop lasting client relationships is exactly the type of group we were seeking to expand our desk to the Western half of the country,” she said.

Scott Cunningham, Falcon Square partner, added “It was important to anchor our new Capital Markets Group West Coast desk with a group of seasoned and respected professionals. Joe, Jen and Sto have a distinguished track record for developing and supporting client relationships that will quickly expand our growing institutional client base.”

Jennifer Tonda, speaking for the group joining Falcon Square, said the expansion will provide synergies that will benefit both Falcon Square and their clients. “Falcon Square Capital has a unique model and client-focused approach, and we look forward to leveraging our experience to help grow Falcon Square’s client base and provide new products to the firm’s existing clients,” she stated.


Joe Lawwill: Lawwill brings over 15 years of High Yield Trading and analysis to Falcon Square Capital. As a former Managing Director at Stone & Youngberg, Lawwill was the Head Trader of Taxable Fixed Income overseeing Investment Grade Corporates, High Yield Corporates, ABS, Preferreds, and Structured Products across the New York, San Francisco and Chicago offices.

Jennifer Tonda: Tonda brings over 20 years of fixed income sales and trading experience to Falcon Square Capital. Previously, she was Director of Taxable Trading at Crowell, Weedon & Co., Vice President of Corporate Trading at Stone Youngberg, and Senior Corporate Bond Trader at Charles Schwab. Tonda’s background includes Corporate Bonds, Certificates of Deposit, Structured Products, and foreign-denominated Corporate Bonds.

Stoughton Conn: Conn brings 40 years of fixed income sales experience to Falcon Square Capital. She was formerly in institutional sales with Crowell, Weedon & Co., Oppenheimer, Stone & Youngberg, and Commerce Capital Markets Group. Conn attributes the length and success of her career to good friends and an ability to adapt through constant market changes.

Falcon Square Capital (FSC):

Falcon Square Capital is a leading minority-owned fixed income broker dealer that provides trading, research, portfolio construction, transition management, client commission arrangements and other institutional brokerage services. FSC works with asset management firms, registered investment advisors, corporations, state treasuries and municipalities, bank portfolio and trust departments, hedge funds, endowments and other fiduciaries. FSC is a woman-owned business and certified member of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council.

Falcon Square Capital

Melissa Pendergrass, Chief Executive Officer


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