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UFP Bolsters Its US Legal Research Team with the Hiring of Washington-Based Antitrust Attorney

United First Partners ("UFP"), a leading Special Situations Investment & Advisory Group, is pleased to announce the appointment of Lucas Ballet, an experienced antitrust attorney, to bolster the legal specialist team in the research department. Mr. Ballet, who will be based in Washington, DC, will expand the firm’s distinct legal research and antitrust capabilities. The growth of UFP’s U.S. footprint reflects the firm’s commitment to excellence in Special Situations Research by providing unique in-house antitrust and regulatory expertise.

Immediately prior to joining UFP, Mr. Ballet was a staff attorney in the Mergers IV Division at the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Competition, where he conducted merger investigations and litigated merger challenges in the health care, retail, consumer goods, and supermarket sectors. He received the FTC’s Janet D. Steiger Award for his contributions to the Phoebe Putney/Palmyra hospital litigation team.

Mr. Ballet received his J.D., cum laude, from American University, Washington College of Law. He also holds a MSc from the London School of Economics and a B.A. from Dartmouth College. Before law school, Lucas enjoyed a diverse career which included legislative staff positions for two United States Senators.

Stephane Mardel, Co-CEO & Global Head of Research commented: “Mr. Ballet’s appointment is another step in the group’s expansion in the provision of legal & antitrust research services, allowing Investors & Corporates alike to make better investment and strategic decisions, with regards to M&A transactions and special situations in general. We are excited that Lucas Ballet joined our US team, and expect his appointment to bring significant value to the firm’s clients. United First Partners has always been at the forefront of innovation in terms of research services, and plans to continue investing to maintain its leadership in special situations research.

Michael Hadjedj, Co-CEO & Global Head of Securities added ” In 2015, UFP has reinforced its position as a leader in the special situations arena. The hiring of Mr. Ballet demonstrates UFP’s commitment to always provide the strongest research offering in the space. While we continue to work on our expansion in various asset classes and geographic locations, we look forward to leverage on our Washington presence to provide even more differentiated content to our clients.”

About United First Partners

United First Partners (“UFP”) is a global leading Special Situations Investment & Advisory Group. Through our Financial Advisory arm, UFP Capital, we offer a wide range of merchant banking and investment advisory services to institutional and private clients. These services range from sale and purchase of strategic assets to corporate finance, debt and equity capital markets and wealth management.

Our strategy and core values allowed us to build an extensive customer base including leading hedge funds, private equity funds, long-only funds, corporates, sovereign wealth funds and family offices. Our achievements, independence, unique business model and strong reputation have enabled UFP to become an attractive and reliable partner for business associates and talented professionals.

For further details, please visit www.utdfirst.com

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Federico Mennuni
+44(0)2030174334
federico.mennuni@utdfirst.com

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