08/28/2012 03:28 EDT | Updated 10/28/2012 05:12 EDT

Cantor Fitzgerald expands Canadian operations with addition of Versant Partners

MONTREAL - U.S. financial services giant Cantor Fitzgerald is expanding its Canadian presence with the addition of investment dealer and research analyst firm Versant Partners.

Versant Partners' sales and trading, research and investment banking team will join Cantor Fitzgerald's Canadian subsidiary headed by Laurence Rose.

Cantor will add Versant's 11 employees in Toronto and five in Montreal and will also open an office in Montreal.

Following the transaction, Versant will become an inactive legal entity until it is de-registered or sold. Cantor said it isn't acquiring the Versant legal entity because Cantor Canada is already registered as a legal entity.

Intellectual property and fixed assets are among those being purchased as part of the transaction set to close early next month. No price for the deal was disclosed.

Versant chairman and CEO Mike Jams will lead Cantor's Canadian Equity Capital Markets team. Technology analyst Tom Liston will become Cantor's director of Canadian research.

Cantor said the addition of Versant's strengths in technology, health care and other high-growth industries will expand its ability to serve Canadian institutional investors.

Canadian companies will gain access to Cantor's global distribution platform, financial products and expertise.

"We're bullish on Canada and Canadian companies, and look forward to championing them," stated Cantor Fitzgerald CEO Shawn Matthews.

"The Versant team underscores Cantor's continuing commitment to providing clients with world-class expertise in key local markets. These talented professionals will help broaden our capabilities, strengthen our existing customer relationships and enhance our overall offering for clients in Canada."

Rose added that the new team will enhance Cantor Fitzgerald's ability to distribute Canadian financial products globally and provide Canadian institutions with access to global products domestically.

"We expect clients to benefit from our global reach and research, combined with our high-touch service model."

Cantor Fitzgerald is a capital markets investment bank serving more than 5,000 institutional clients around the world. It has 1,600 employees in some 30 locations in North America, Europe, Asia/Pacific and the Middle East.