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February 13, 2016 5:14 AM ET

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Company Overview of Sterne Agee Group, Inc.

Company Overview

Sterne Agee Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides retail and institutional brokerage services, investment banking and underwriting services, secondary trading of securities, and market making in over-the-counter stocks. It provides fixed income products and services, including U.S. agency debt, asset-backed securities, corporate industrial research, treasury securities, mortgage-backed securities, municipal debt, research and analytics, bank-owned life insurance, investment-grade research, and high-yield research, as well as corporate debt, including convertibles, preferred, and high yields. The company also provides financial services, including stocks, bonds, fixed income securit...

800 Shades Creek Parkway

Suite 700

Birmingham, AL 35209

United States

Founded in 1901





Key Executives for Sterne Agee Group, Inc.

Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary
Head of Private Banking
Senior Managing Director of Private Client Group
Senior Managing Director and Head of Public Finance
Senior Vice President of Public Finance
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2015.

Sterne Agee Group, Inc. Key Developments

Brian Barze, the Former CFO, Sues Sterne Agee Group Inc

The former chief financial officer of Sterne Agee Group Inc. has filed another lawsuit against his former employer. Brian Barze, who worked at the company from 2009 until 2012, is accusing Sterne Agee of libel and defamation in connection with a 2013 press release the company issued about his termination. Sterne Agee, which announced its acquisition by Stifel Financial in a $150 million deal, said in the press release that Barze was terminated for a 'breach of fiduciary duty,' among other claims. In the lawsuit, Barze claims Sterne Agee's statements about the reasons for his dismissal were false, malicious and intended to 'cover up the company's own wrongdoing and conceal it from the shareholders.' Barze has claimed he was terminated after raising questions about former CEO James Holbrook Jr.'s use of company funds. Barze said the situation has caused damage, including mental anguish. He is seeking compensatory and punitive damages, as well as interest and costs. Barze also claimed he has demanded a retraction, but the company has refused. He previously sued the company for defamation, fraud and breach of contract following his dismissal. That suit is still ongoing.

Stifel Considers Strategic Options For Sterne's Institutional Equity and Investment Banking Business

Stifel Financial Corp. (NYSE:SF) said it plans to acquire Sterne Agee Group, Inc. for $150 million in cash and stock, bolstering its wealth management segment. Meanwhile, Stifel and Sterne Agee have agreed to sell the FBC Mortgage business back to its founders and committed to operating Sterne Agee’s institutional equity and investment banking business on a stand-alone, independent basis. Stifel and Sterne Agee management believe that there is significant value in this business and have been approached by a number of suitable partners for the business and its professionals. Working together with these employees, Stifel is committed to finding the right partner, or, alternatively, considering all other strategic alternatives, including spinning off the Institutional Equity and Investment Banking business as a separate stand-alone entity.

Stifel Financial Reportedly In Talks To Acquire Sterne Agee

Stifel Financial Corp. (NYSE:SF) is in talks regarding acquisition of Sterne Agee Group, Inc., a person with direct knowledge of the matter said. A deal is expected to be announced within days, said the person.

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