American investment banking firm Jefferies has appointed Julian Smith as managing director and head of UK Corporate Broking.

Smith has more than 16 years of corporate broking and equity experience. He joins the firm from Collins Stewart, where he was a managing director for Corporate Broking.

Previously, Smith spent 15 years at Dresdner Kleinwort in corporate broking and equity capital markets roles, most recently as managing director in the Corporate Broking Group.

Jefferies International president David Weaver said that Julian’s extensive experience will provide important leadership to the expansion of the firm’s current corporate broking activities where it presently advise 10 UK corporates.