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July 22, 2015

Olivetree Group, a global financial services firm announces 5 new US hires.

Chris Pilder as CEO of its US business, Edward Laux as US National Sales Manager, Laura Kaster, Sector Strategist, Financials, Event Driven Group, Pamela Woodruff as Executive Director Sales Trading Boston and David O’Shea as Execution/Sales Trader.

Chris Pilder joins after an impressive 27 year career in the industry. In his new role he will be responsible for expanding and building upon Olivetree’s footprint in the US. Most recently, he served as Co-Head of Equities at CRT Capital Croup LLC, Director of Equity Trading at CSFB, DLJ as Co-Head of Block Trading, as well as 11 years at Salomon Brothers.

Ed Laux brings more than 35 years of experience with him to his new role, Mr. Laux will be responsible for overseeing Olivetree’s US sales force capability, and will report to Chris Pilder. Recently, Mr. Laux served as Managing Director of Equity Trading at CRT Capital Group LLC. Previously, he also served as Head of U.S. Equity Trading at Cantor Fitzgerald & Company, Partner & Senior Managing Director at A.B.N. Amro and Co-Head US Equity Trading at Kidder Peabody.

Laura Kaster has over 20 years’ experience as both a sell-side analyst and investment banker. Most recently she led the financials coverage for Bloomberg’s first word product for 5 years as a senior analyst and strategist. Prior, she was also a senior analyst for Sandler O’Neill & Partners covering diversified financial companies before eventually being recruited to its investment banking department. She also worked as an equity analyst at Piper Jaffrey and ABN Amro.

Pamela Woodruff also brings over 20 years of experience, was a Past President of the Boston Securities Traders Association and has a powerful presence in the Boston community.  She most recently spent 15 years at Stephens Inc. as SVP Institutional Equity Sales Trading, and prior to that worked as VP Institutional Equity Sales Trading at Fahnestock as well as at Fidelity Capital Mkts.

David O’Shea is a 25+ year industry trading veteran joining Olivetree after 10 years at Sterne Agee as Managing Director, Head Trader. Prior, he was also Head Trader for Needham & Co and started his trading career at Fox- Pitt.

Olivetree’s most recent hires reflect the rapid growth and success of Olivetree’s business, showing growth of over 100% in 2013 and 300% in 2014.