Indy Lender Expands to Australia

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Indianapolis-based Equities First Holdings LLC says it is continuing "a year of remarkable expansion" with the acquisition of the Australian offices of Meridian Equity Partners Pty Limited. EFH President Al Christy says the company now operates six offices on four continents.

November 2, 2014

News Release

Sydney, Australia and Indianapolis, Ind. -- Equities First Holdings, LLC (EFH), a global leader in alternative shareholder financing solutions, is pleased to announce it has acquired the Australian offices of Meridian Equity Partners Pty Limited (AFSL 387079). EFH now operates six facilities on four continents. Operations in Australia will continue under the name Equities First Holdings (Australia) Pty. Ltd.

"Today's acquisition marks a milestone in the global growth plan of Equities First Holdings. We are excited at the opportunity to deliver our trusted services and expertise to a broader consumer base," said Al Christy, Founder and President of EFH. "With six offices that serve clients in North America, Asia, Europe, and now Australia; we are able to offer unique financing solutions to individual investors, businesses, and executives of public companies around the world at attractive levels against publicly traded shares."

Facilitated by its global expansion, EFH has experienced year-over-year growth of more than 30 percent in closed financing transactions over the last three years, and continues its record-setting growth pace in 2014. As a result, the EFH global workforce has increased by more than 50 percent since 2012.

"2014 has been a year of remarkable expansion for EFH," continued Christy. "We have experienced this growth as the result of two key components: our transparent and efficient financing solution, which meets the varied needs of our many clients, and best-in-class client experience delivered by each and every member of the EFH team. As we grow, we will continue to invest in our operations and infrastructure to ensure EFH remains a global partner of choice."

About Equities First Holdings

Equities First Holdings, LLC (EFH) is a global private equity firm that specializes in non-purpose shareholder financing and alternative corporate financing solutions. EFH offers non-recourse lending options at competitive terms collateralized by publicly traded stocks and securities. Founded in 2002, EFH has spent the last 12 years assisting its clients around the world access the capital they need and to date, the company has executed more than 700 transactions. EFH clients include high net worth individuals, directors of publicly traded companies, global financial services firms, and leading asset management organizations among others. A truly global institution, EFH operates offices in the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Thailand. For more information, visit

Source: Equities First Holdings LLC