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Wunderlich's former co-head of fixed income now with First Empire

S.J.Guzzo, former co-head of fixed-income capital markets at , has joinedFirst Empire SecuritiesInc. as a senior vice president.

A spokespersonfor First Empire confirmed the hire. Guzzo is a regional sales manager and isbased in First Empire's recently opened Memphis, Tenn., office.

Guzzoaims to help expand the Memphis team for Hauppauge, N.Y.-based First Empire andbuild the company's footprint among middle-market institutional fixed-incomeinvestors.   

FirstEmpire was founded in 1984 and provides services related to fixed-incomeinvesting, asset-liability management, loan participations and regulatorysupport to such clients as depository institutions and insurance companies.Prior to Guzzo's hiring, First Empire unveiled several expansion-related moves.In February, it announced several hires to build its institutional investmentcapabilities, and in November 2015, First Empire it started offering clients accessto new issue municipal bonds.

Guzzowas registered withWunderlich from August 2014 to September 2015, according to FINRA records.Earlier in his career, he was a fixed-income sales manager at