Merriman Capital, Inc. - Financial Entrepreneur Platform

Financial Entrepreneur Platform

Providing Growth Support for Independent Financial Professionals

Merriman Capital’s Financial Entrepreneur Platform (FEP) exclusively supports highly ethical, independent investment bankers, respected research professionals, wealth managers, and the clients they work with.

Through contractual service agreements, FEP members can obtain access to Merriman Capital’s business services such as:

  • Compliance and security licensing
  • Equity distribution and placement
  • Facilities
  • Legal advice and document review
  • Technology infrastructure
  • Investor conferences and deal or non-deal road shows

Transaction Services:

  • Public Offerings
  • Private Placements
  • PIPEs & Registered Directs
  • M&A / Corporate Finance Advisory
  • Confidentially Marketed Public Officers
  • Debt
  • Research

Securities offered through Merriman Capital, Inc. Member FINRA and SIPC.

FEP Team Principals

Agribusiness

  • Edward Sugar, Founder and Principal, EAS Advisors LLC view details

    Areas of Expertise: Agribusiness, Mining & Metals, Oil & Gas

    Transactions Services: IPOs, Secondary Offerings, Private Equity, Seed-funding, M & A

    Edward A. Sugar is the Founder and Principal of EAS Advisors LLC. Mr. Sugar has more than 25 years of experience in commodities and related sectors. From 1999-2007 Mr. Sugar worked for Jefferies & Co. in New York City. He was hired to develop the company’s Australia trading desk, and prior to his departure in 2007 he was the Managing Director responsible for international equity sales and trading. Prior to joining Jefferies, Mr. Sugar was a Managing Director for Marc Rich & Co. in Melbourne, Australia (1998-99). He focused on identifying investment and purchase candidates in the resource sector, as well as commodity trading opportunities. In 1992, Mr. Sugar formed E.A.S. Consulting in Melbourne, Australia. His sole client was the Chairman of Coles Myer, Ltd., for whom he identified investment opportunities and provided advice on a variety of Coles Myer business matters (until 1998). From 1988 to 1992, Mr. Sugar was Vice President on the Asian equities sales and trading desk at Barclays de Zoete Wedd in New York City. Prior to this, Mr. Sugar was employed by Potts West Trumball & Co. in Sydney, Australia, as an Analyst covering Australian resource companies. He was also one of four floor brokers representing the firm on the Australian Stock Exchange (1985‐1988).

  • Eric Dyer, Vice President, EAS Advisors LLC view details

    Areas of Expertise: Agribusiness, Mining & Metals, Oil & Gas

    Transactions Services: IPOs, Secondary Offerings, Private Equity, Seed-funding, M & A

    Mr. Dyer’s has dedicated his career to the oil & gas, power/infrastructure, & natural resource sectors.  Previously, he served as Vice President of Investment Banking at Execution Noble Ltd. (acquired by Espirito Santo Investment Bank).  Prior to that he served at Atlantic-Pacific Capital, the global private equity placement agent raising capital for alternative asset managers.  Mr. Dyer worked for oil & gas equity research firm I.H.S. Herold, Inc.  He worked in the Fixed Income Capital Markets Group for the Royal Bank of Canada.  Mr. Dyer holds a B.S. in Finance & Economics from the University of Minnesota and holds the Series 7 and Series 63 security licenses.

Healthcare

  • Jainal Bhuiyan, Managing Director view details

    Areas of Expertise: Healthcare

    Transactions Services: M&A, Public offerings, Private Placements, PIPEs, Registered Directs, Debt

    Prior to Highline, Mr. Bhuiyan was a Senior Vice President at Rodman & Renshaw, LLC in their Healthcare and Life Sciences Investment Banking group where he also headed up the healthcare equity capital markets effort. Early in his career he worked as a Senior Analyst at Provident Healthcare Partners, a Boston-based boutique M&A shop focused on healthcare services. Prior to Provident he worked as a Management Analyst with BearingPoint, consulting to the Department of Defense. Mr. Bhuiyan has a Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University’s Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management. He currently holds FINRA Series 7, Series 63 and Series 79 licenses.

  • Theodore E. Kalem, President view details

    Areas of Expertise: Healthcare

    Transactions Services: M&A, Public offerings, Private Placements, PIPEs, Registered Directs, Debt

    Prior to forming Highline Research Advisors, Mr. Kalem was Head of Investment Banking at Summer Street Research and, prior to that, was a Co-founder of the Healthcare Investment Banking group at Gilford Securities. He began his career in corporate finance at Bear Stearns in 1991 and joined the Lehman Brothers Healthcare Investment Banking group in 1994. In 2000, he joined the JP Morgan Healthcare Investment Banking group. In 2004, he joined Array Capital, a healthcare-focused hedge fund and acted as portfolio manager.  He has a BSE in Chemical Engineering and a BA from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs from Princeton University.

  • Nickolay V. Kukekov, Managing Director view details

    Areas of Expertise: Healthcare

    Transactions Services: M&A, Public offerings, Private Placements, PIPEs, Registered Directs, Debt

    Prior to forming Highline Research Advisors, Dr. Kukekov was Managing Director of Healthcare Investment Banking at Summer Street Research and, prior to that, was a Co-founder of the Healthcare Investment Banking group at Gilford Securities. Prior to joining Gilford, Dr. Kukekov was a Managing Director at Paramount BioCapital, where he ran the advisory, M&A and capital raising services for in-house private and public portfolio companies. Before that, he was a senior healthcare investment banker at Rodman & Renshaw.  His scientific background includes a bachelor degree in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York. Dr. Kukekov holds a number of research scholarship awards and peer review publications.

  • Marta Zylka, Managing Director view details

    Areas of Expertise: Healthcare

    Transactions Services: M&A, Public offerings, Private Placements, PIPEs, Registered Directs, Debt

    Before joining Highline Research in 2012, Mrs. Zylka was a Senior Vice President at Rodman & Renshaw, LLC where she fostered relationships between corporate clients and the investment community and led the Corporate Access and Corporate Marketing program.  Mrs. Zylka holds a Bachelor of Science in Corporate Finance and a Masters of Science in Management and Marketing from Nicolaus Copernicus University in Poland. She currently holds FINRA Series 24, Series 7, Series 79 and Series 63 licenses.

Mining & Metals

  • Edward Sugar, Founder and Principal, EAS Advisors LLC view details

    Areas of Expertise: Agribusiness, Mining & Metals, Oil & Gas

    Transactions Services: IPOs, Secondary Offerings, Private Equity, Seed-funding, M & A

    Edward A. Sugar is the Founder and Principal of EAS Advisors LLC. Mr. Sugar has more than 25 years of experience in commodities and related sectors. From 1999-2007 Mr. Sugar worked for Jefferies & Co. in New York City. He was hired to develop the company’s Australia trading desk, and prior to his departure in 2007 he was the Managing Director responsible for international equity sales and trading. Prior to joining Jefferies, Mr. Sugar was a Managing Director for Marc Rich & Co. in Melbourne, Australia (1998-99). He focused on identifying investment and purchase candidates in the resource sector, as well as commodity trading opportunities. In 1992, Mr. Sugar formed E.A.S. Consulting in Melbourne, Australia. His sole client was the Chairman of Coles Myer, Ltd., for whom he identified investment opportunities and provided advice on a variety of Coles Myer business matters (until 1998). From 1988 to 1992, Mr. Sugar was Vice President on the Asian equities sales and trading desk at Barclays de Zoete Wedd in New York City. Prior to this, Mr. Sugar was employed by Potts West Trumball & Co. in Sydney, Australia, as an Analyst covering Australian resource companies. He was also one of four floor brokers representing the firm on the Australian Stock Exchange (1985‐1988).

  • Eric Dyer, Vice President, EAS Advisors LLC view details

    Areas of Expertise: Agribusiness, Mining & Metals, Oil & Gas

    Transactions Services: IPOs, Secondary Offerings, Private Equity, Seed-funding, M & A

    Mr. Dyer’s has dedicated his career to the oil & gas, power/infrastructure, & natural resource sectors.  Previously, he served as Vice President of Investment Banking at Execution Noble Ltd. (acquired by Espirito Santo Investment Bank).  Prior to that he served at Atlantic-Pacific Capital, the global private equity placement agent raising capital for alternative asset managers.  Mr. Dyer worked for oil & gas equity research firm I.H.S. Herold, Inc.  He worked in the Fixed Income Capital Markets Group for the Royal Bank of Canada.  Mr. Dyer holds a B.S. in Finance & Economics from the University of Minnesota and holds the Series 7 and Series 63 security licenses.

Oil & Gas

  • Edward Sugar, Founder and Principal, EAS Advisors LLC view details

    Areas of Expertise: Agribusiness, Mining & Metals, Oil & Gas

    Transactions Services: IPOs, Secondary Offerings, Private Equity, Seed-funding, M & A

    Edward A. Sugar is the Founder and Principal of EAS Advisors LLC. Mr. Sugar has more than 25 years of experience in commodities and related sectors. From 1999-2007 Mr. Sugar worked for Jefferies & Co. in New York City. He was hired to develop the company’s Australia trading desk, and prior to his departure in 2007 he was the Managing Director responsible for international equity sales and trading. Prior to joining Jefferies, Mr. Sugar was a Managing Director for Marc Rich & Co. in Melbourne, Australia (1998-99). He focused on identifying investment and purchase candidates in the resource sector, as well as commodity trading opportunities. In 1992, Mr. Sugar formed E.A.S. Consulting in Melbourne, Australia. His sole client was the Chairman of Coles Myer, Ltd., for whom he identified investment opportunities and provided advice on a variety of Coles Myer business matters (until 1998). From 1988 to 1992, Mr. Sugar was Vice President on the Asian equities sales and trading desk at Barclays de Zoete Wedd in New York City. Prior to this, Mr. Sugar was employed by Potts West Trumball & Co. in Sydney, Australia, as an Analyst covering Australian resource companies. He was also one of four floor brokers representing the firm on the Australian Stock Exchange (1985‐1988).

  • Eric Dyer, Vice President, EAS Advisors LLC view details

    Areas of Expertise: Agribusiness, Mining & Metals, Oil & Gas

    Transactions Services: IPOs, Secondary Offerings, Private Equity, Seed-funding, M & A

    Mr. Dyer’s has dedicated his career to the oil & gas, power/infrastructure, & natural resource sectors.  Previously, he served as Vice President of Investment Banking at Execution Noble Ltd. (acquired by Espirito Santo Investment Bank).  Prior to that he served at Atlantic-Pacific Capital, the global private equity placement agent raising capital for alternative asset managers.  Mr. Dyer worked for oil & gas equity research firm I.H.S. Herold, Inc.  He worked in the Fixed Income Capital Markets Group for the Royal Bank of Canada.  Mr. Dyer holds a B.S. in Finance & Economics from the University of Minnesota and holds the Series 7 and Series 63 security licenses.