Rothschild Global Advisory, a subsidiary of Rothschild & Co, has appointed Michael Speller as head of debt advisory, North America.

Speller’s appointement is effective 13 February 2017. He will lead the North American debt advisory unit and offer advice to customers on the strategy and execution of debt market transactions for both publicly listed and privately owned firms.

Prior to joining Rothschild, Speller served at Credit Suisse Group where he spent over 16 years. At Credit Suisse, most recently he was managing director and head of leveraged finance origination, global industrials group.

He also worked at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette Securities (DLJ) and Bear Stearns.

Rothschild & Co head of North America Jimmy Neissa said: “The addition of a North American Debt Advisory business, building on the great success of our global franchise, will help fulfil our continued ambition to expand our differentiated services in this important market.

“It is with great pleasure that we welcome Michael Speller to Rothschild Global Advisory. Michael’s deep knowledge and broad experience in debt capital markets is an exceptional enhancement of our worldwide Financing Advisory and M&A expertise.”

Global head of debt advisory Paul Duffy said: “Michael Speller is a seasoned debt market professional, bringing with him extensive market knowledge and transaction experience. He will allow us to expand our debt advisory business significantly in North America which is an important geography in our overall market-leading global debt advisory activity.”