BTIG Adds Three New Managing Directors to its NY Fixed Income Credit Group

Matthew Brown, Kurt Krestinski, and John Santonastaso have all joined BTIG's Fixed Income Group.

BTIG, a global financial services firm specializing in institutional trading, investment banking, research, and related brokerage services, has continued adding to its Fixed Income Credit Group, already one of its most heavily recruited units this year. The latest tranche of appointments will see Matthew Brown, Kurt Krestinski, and John Santonastaso join the company.

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The group’s latest appointments will see Matthew Brown, Kurt Krestinski, and John Santonastaso be based out of BTIG’s New York office. All three individuals will join an already expanding team that is led by the joint forces of Drew Doscher and Darren Haines, Co-Heads of the Fixed Income Credit Group at BTIG.

Mr. Brown lands at BTIG as a Managing Director within its Fixed Income Credit Group – he will be focused on distressed and high-yield credit sales in this capacity. Prior to BTIG, he worked as a Senior Vice President (SVP) within the High-Yield and Distressed Debt Sales Group at Jefferies.

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Moreover, Mr. Krestinski also will be tapped as a Managing Director within the Fixed Income Credit Group at BTIG, emphasizing high-yield debt. Before coming over to BTIG, he worked in a similar role at Seaport Global as a Managing Director within its Fixed Income Credit Group at Seaport Global. Additional stops also include high-yield trading roles at BNP Paribas, Nomura, Citadel, Jefferies, and Barclays.

Finally, Mr. Santonastaso joins BTIG as a Managing Director who will be tasked with focusing on distressed market and special situations. BTIG is the latest stop in a career focused on Fixed Income Groups, having worked in a similar role at Guggenheim and Cantor Fitzgerald. Over the course of his career he has also worked at Farmstead Capital, Goldman Sachs, and Deutsche Bank.

According to Mr. Haines, in a statement on the hires, “We continue to leverage the reputation of the BTIG brand and our experienced professionals to recruit key members of the Fixed Income Credit team. With these new hires, we are better positioned to provide solutions for clients.”

“Matthew, Kurt and John will help us scale and expand BTIG’s footprint in the Fixed Income Credit space. We are very pleased that they will continue their successful careers as an integral part of our firm, further highlighting our commitment to investing in the right professionals to service clients,” reiterated Anton LeRoy, Chief Operating Officer of BTIG.

The hires follow on the heels of another group that came over to BTIG last month. Back in April, BTIG secured Anthony Guido, Steven Jones, Jay Sommer, and Jeffrey Walsh as Managing Directors for its New York office. This round of hires was predated by the addition of Filip Skala and John Curley to the same unit earlier this year.

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