Jefferies, a UK-based global securities and investment banking firm, has added five professionals to the firm’s international equity sales and research sales effort.

Scott Ackerman joins as an international equity sales trader and Richard Harb, Martyn Bergh, Jerry Bellman and Paul LoGiudice join as European equity research salesmen.

Mr Ackerman will be based in New York, Messrs Harb and LoGiudice will be based in Boston and Messrs Bellman and Bergh will be based in San Francisco.

Jason Griffith, global head of equities at Jefferies, said: “The continued expansion of our international equity sales and research sales teams underscores the global nature and coverage of Jefferies’ equities business today, and emphasizes the importance of being integrated on a global basis to better serve our clients.

“We have significantly expanded during the past two years and now have more than 650 professionals globally focused on cash equities, equity research, electronic trading, equity derivatives, prime brokerage, securities finance and equity capital markets.”

Andrew Shortland, head of international equities, said: “These hires are part of our ongoing commitment to providing clients with world class, high quality equity sales and trading capabilities on a global basis. The experience and longstanding client relationships of Scott, Richard, Martyn, Jerry and Paul will bring immediate value to Jefferies.”