Stifel recruited three advisors from Janney Montgomery Scott, where they managed more than $285 million in combined client assets, a firm spokesman said.

Advisors David Cohen and Fredrick Bennett joined Stifel in Oyster Bay, a suburban town on New York's Long Island. A third advisor, Jeffrey Haiken, joined Stifel's office in Garden City, which is part of Hempstead also on Long Island.

All three advisors report to Complex Manager Robert Codignotto.

"I spent 16 years at Prudential Securities and 12 years at Janney, so moving is not something I do frequently or take lightly, but the opportunity to join Stifel was something I just couldn't pass up," Bennett said in a statement.

Cohen started his career in 1982 with David Lerner Associates, according to FINRA records. He later worked for firms such as Lehman Brothers and Oppenheimer before joining Janney in 2007.

Like Bennett, Haiken began his career at Prudential Securities in 1998. Haiken moved to Oppenheimer in 2002 and joined Janney in 2008, according to FINRA records.

Stifel recently made waves when it announced a deal to acquire Barclays U.S. wealth management operations. That deal would add about 180 elite advisors managing about $56 billion in assets to the St. Louis-based firm.

It would also mark Stifel's second acquisition this year, having recently acquired Sterne Agee, a Birmingham, Ala.-based brokerage firm that had about 700 advisors managing more than $20 billion in assets.


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