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Vito Sperduto

Vito Sperduto

Co-Head, Global M&A

Vito Sperduto is a Managing Director and Co-head of Global Mergers and Acquisitions at RBC Capital Markets.

He is responsible for the bank’s overall M&A effort across all industry sectors. Historically, he has extensive sector experience with origination and execution of transactions in industrials (with a focus on aerospace, defense and government services), communications, media and entertainment, technology, and business services.

Vito has over 27 years of investment banking experience, during which he has advised on over 150 transactions with a combined value exceeding $100 billion.

Prior to RBC, Vito was most recently Managing Director and Head of Software M&A coverage for CIBC World Markets in New York, where he worked across the defense, consumer, business services and technology sectors.

He has previously worked for SoundView Technology Group, Smith Barney and Kidder, Peabody.

Vito earned his B.A. from Harvard University in Computer Science / Engineering Sciences.

Larry Grafstein

Larry Grafstein

Deputy Chairman, Global Investment Banking

As Deputy Chairman of the Global Investment Bank at RBC Capital Markets, Larry is dedicated to helping clients achieve their key strategic objectives and specializes in advising on the most complicated and significant situations.

He works closely with all parts of the firm, notably M&A and financing teams, to deliver comprehensive solutions and to bring to bear RBC's full array of capabilities.

In his 30 years on Wall Street, Larry has advised clients on approximately $1 trillion of completed transactions. His experience spans all industries and geographies and includes some of the largest and most complex M&A, restructuring, equity and privatization deals ever. Clients have included major public companies such as AerCap, AT&T, CSX, IBM, Jabil, Molson Coors, Mosaic, Sprint and Vodafone as well as a range of private equity sponsors, private companies, governments, and middle-market public companies. He worked on the restructuring of WorldCom MCI, one of the largest ever, and helped settle the strike and consumer boycott at Market Basket Supermarkets of New England in 2014.

Larry has been involved with numerous charities and served on boards of public companies, private companies, and philanthropic institutions. He is currently chair of the Board of Trustees of Horace Mann School in the Bronx, a founding member of the board of the US Foundation of Upper Canada College, co-chair of the Harvard Class of 1982, and a member of the executive committee of the Wall Street division of UJA. He helped finance The New Republic magazine from 2000 to 2012 as chair of the Advisory Committee and lead investor.

John Cokinos

John Cokinos

Co-Head, Leveraged Finance

John Cokinos is the Co-Head of US Leveraged Finance and Capital Markets at RBC. He joined the US leveraged finance and capital market team at RBC Capital Markets in March 2014. He and Mr. Charles Smith oversee all origination and distribution activities under the leveraged finance business. Mr. Cokinos focuses on acquisition finance and private equity transactions with specific industry expertise in Technology, Healthcare, Financial Services and Industrials. Prior to joining RBC, he spent the last 7 years at Bank America Merrill Lynch, where his last role was head of leverage finance capital markets. Before joining BAML, Mr. Cokinos worked at Lehman Brothers from 1998 until 2007. He is a graduate of Cornell University with a BS in Business Administration, class of 1995. He resides in Manhattan with his wife and three children. Mr. Cokinos is board member of the Fiver Children’s Foundation, a non-profit organization that help youths in New York City.

Carrie Cook

Carrie Cook

Global Head, Consumer and Retail

Peter Buzzi

Peter Buzzi

Co-Head, Global M&A

Peter Buzzi is a Managing Director and Co-Head of RBC Capital Markets’ Mergers and Acquisitions group. Peter joined RBC Capital Markets in 1986 and has advised numerous Canadian and international companies on a broad range of merger and acquisition transactions with particular emphasis on public takeovers and mergers, financial restructurings and going private and related party transactions.

Peter has recently advised, among others, Tim Horton’s on its sale to Burger King Worldwide, SNC-Lavalin on its sale of AltaLink to Berkshire Hathaway Energy and Shoppers Drug Mart on its sale to Loblaw’s.

Peter has a B.A.Sc. in Systems Design Engineering from the University of Waterloo and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. Peter is a member of the firm’s Canadian Investment Banking Management Committee and is Chairman of the firm’s Canadian Opinion Review Committee.

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