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Dallas-based Investment Bank FirstSouthwest Opens Denver Office

Veteran Denver municipal bond trader Dennis Marlin hired to lead sales.

FirstSouthwest, a Dallas-based diversified investment bank with locations in major cities across the U.S., has opened a Denver office and hired local industry veteran Dennis Marlin as senior vice president.

FirstSouthwest is one of the nation’s top-ranking public finance advisory firms. It also offers asset management, corporate finance, correspondent clearing, and capital markets experience.

FirstSouthwest’s Denver office will provide fixed income sales, trading and correspondent clearing services to middle market broker-dealers and independent registered investment advisors.

In an economic environment where large brokers are turning away middle market clients and targeting more sizeable firms, FirstSouthwest is increasing its focus on regional broker-dealers and registered investment advisors. Marlin will head FirstSouthwest’s Denver location and lead the office’s middle-market sales efforts.

“I am pleased to welcome Dennis Marlin and his team to the FirstSouthwest family,” said Hill A. Feinberg, chairman and CEO of FirstSouthwest. “We are excited about the opportunities in Denver and across the U.S.”

“At one time, 18 committing centers served Denver and today, only a handful remain,” Marlin said. “We form lasting relationships with independent advisors who are largely ignored by other firms.”

“FirstSouthwest offers the resources of a large firm with the personalized service these clients deserve,” he said. “The middle market matters to FirstSouthwest.”

Prior to joining FirstSouthwest, Marlin founded Associated Bond Brokers in 1991 and Sterling Brokerage Services (which became part of Advisors Asset Management) in Monument, Colorado in 1998. He has more than 35 years experience in the municipal bond industry.

The Denver office is located at 6041 S. Syracuse Way, Suite 300, in Greenwood Village and is FirstSouthwest’s 22nd location. Marlin leads a team of three sales representatives that includes: 

  • Mary Samford Hogue, vice president, with over 23 years experience

  • Peter R. Maher, vice president, with over 18 years experience

  • Matthew D. Daugherty, vice president, with over 10 years experience

Additionally, Diane Cowan with over 23 years experience will provide trade support.

FirstSouthwest consistently ranks among the top municipal underwriting firms in the nation and attributes its success to a corporate culture centered on building relationships with clients.

“We don’t have a one-size-fits-all approach,” Marlin said. “We invest a lot of time in understanding our clients’ needs, and we look forward to becoming a true partner in the success of their business.”

About FirstSouthwest

FirstSouthwest, a PlainsCapital Company, is a Dallas-based diversified investment bank with 22 offices in 11 states and over 350 employees. Known best for its top rankings in public finance, FirstSouthwest also offers professional experience in asset management, capital markets, corporate finance, and correspondent clearing. Since its inception in 1946, FirstSouthwest has maintained prominence in the investment banking industry by adhering to its core values of integrity, dedication to hard work and steadfastly putting clients first. Find more information at 

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