Our Equity Capital Markets Group structures and executes public and private equity, equity linked offerings and corporate equity derivatives for our global client base. We are a leader in the placement of equity and equity-linked products with a range of institutional investors around the globe and retail investors across North America.

Areas of Expertise

Our highly-experienced ECM team partners closely with the firm’s investment banking professionals to advise corporations, governments, private companies and financial sponsors. We provide expertise on financing and monetization structures, execution frameworks and market receptivity to specific transactions and equity placements. Our close collaboration extends to our institutional equity sales team and our retail investor network, enabling us to provide clients with excellent market intelligence along superior execution and equity placement capabilities.

RBC’s equity structuring and placement group focuses on:

  • Initial public offerings
  • Follow-on primary and secondary issues
  • Convertible and other equity linked issues
  • Corporate Equity Derivatives
  • Private placements

Our Team

Nitin Babbar is Global Co-Head of Equity Capital Markets (ECM) with primary responsibility for the Canadian ECM business, while maintaining a global perspective on the ECM business.  Prior to assuming the role of Global Co-Head of ECM, Nitin was responsible for building RBC’s convertible business globally while being integral to overall ECM activity. Nitin brings over 25 years of industry experience and re-joined RBC Capital Markets in 2007 after spending 8 years managing institutional money in both New York and Toronto.  Nitin has a diverse background across the capital markets business, with history in trading, derivatives, corporate finance, and ECM.

Nitin was formerly the co-chair of the RBC Capital Markets Canadian Diversity Leadership Council.  Nitin graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Commerce, holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Chicago and is a Chartered Financial Analyst® charterholder.

John Kolz is Global Co-Head, Equity Capital Markets. John has over 25 years of Investment Banking experience including as Head of Technology ECM, Head of Healthcare ECM, Co-Head of Equity Syndicate and Head of Convertibles & Derivatives ECM. He holds a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Nuclear and Power Engineering from the University of Cincinnati.

Justin Grimmond is Head of Equity Capital Markets, Australia. He joined RBC Capital Markets in 2014 and has over 25 years of financial markets experience. Justin started his career as an M&A and capital markets lawyer at a top tier firm in Australia. He graduated from the University of Technology, Sydney with a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Business.

Duncan Smith is Co-Head of European ECM and Corporate Broking. He has over 25 years’ experience in Equity Capital Markets and has been at RBC Capital Markets for the last 11 years. Duncan is a member of the ICAEW, a qualified ACA and holds a BSc (Hons) in Business Administration from Bath University.