5. CastleOak Securities L.P.

Founded in 2006, CastleOak Securities, L.P. is one of the nation’s largest minority-owned investment banks.  The New York City-based firm engages in both equity and debt sales and trading, structured products, corporate finance, and financial advisory services.

With regional offices in Atlanta and Chicago, the company specializes in primary and secondary market transactions, and counsels its clients on mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, valuations and general strategic assessments. Since its inception, the firm’s client base includes institutional investors, financial sponsors, and Fortune 500 to middle market corporations.

As of January 2009, the company has co-managed transactions for 21 companies including Wells Fargo, UPS, The Walt Disney Company, Wal-Mart and GE Capital Corporation.
The company also operates additional offices in Atlanta and Chicago.