Cantor Fitzgerald has hired five investment professionals to expand its presence in emerging markets in Latin American, with a particular emphasis on Brazil.

Shawn Matthews, Cantor’s CEO, said the new hires reflect the firm’s focus on “key markets that are experiencing measurable growth.”

Francisco Romero, who was named managing director of emerging markets, comes from Macquarie Capital. He was an associate director in the Emerging Markets Trading Division there, focusing on Central American and Caribbean credits. Previously, he was at Refco Securities. Romero joins Charles Cortellesi and Erich Bauer-Rowe, who recently were named co-heads of the Debt Capital Markets' Emerging Markets Division at Cantor.

Emerging markets in Latin America are getting increased attention at Cantor and other Wall Street firms.

Diego Baez comes from Terra Futuros to serve as managing director of Latin American Equities. At Terra Futuros, Baez was the head of electronic trading. Previously, he was at Marco Polo Latin America and at Lava Trading, a Citi company. At Cantor, Baez will focus on forming strategic joint ventures and DMA (direct market access) connectivity in Latin American markets.

George Medina, newly hired director of Latin American sales, comes from with S.J. Levinson & Sons, where he was a managing director responsible for a portfolio of sales teams and accounts. Prior to that, Medina was with CA Cheuvreaux and CIBC World Markets.

Jose Berges also has been named a director of Latin American sales at Cantor. Berges was a director at Interacciones Casa de Bolsa, where he developed the company's international institutional client base. His previous career includes stints at Samuel Ramirez & Co., Gardner Rich & Co. and Aon Corporation.

Focusing on Brazil will be Mauro Orefice, named as director of Brazilian sales at Cantor. Orefice comes from Interbolsa Securities where he was head of sales and trading and helped set up the institutional trading desk covering clients from the U.S., Europe and Latin America. Previously, he was with Bulltick LLC and Banco Itau S.A.

Baez and Medina will be located in New York while Romero, Berges and Orefice will be based in Miami.

"Cantor continues to invest in building our global sales and trading team,” Matthews said, “broadening the scope and depth of the firm's business internationally. These additions to our international equities and fixed income sales and trading team, along with the strengthening of our Emerging Markets Group, enable us to serve our customers with an even greater array of talented market professionals. We intend to continue to aggressively expand our product offering across the market spectrum."

Donald Jay Korn writes for On Wall Street.