Rick Viton, Partner

Richard Viton joined IA Capital Group in 2008 and focuses on financial advisory.  He is a director of Homeowners of America Holding Corporation. Mr. Viton had a 10+ year relationship as advisor to IA Capital and its portfolio companies prior to joining in 2008.  With over 25 years of financial services experience as a senior level investment banker and previously in a corporate finance role, Mr. Viton has significant industry relationships and extensive transaction execution experience. Mr. Viton has served as strategic advisor to many of the largest US and global life insurers, including MetLife, Prudential, Nationwide, The Hartford, SwissRe, Fortis, Prudential plc, among others. Mr. Viton specialized in the insurance sector with particular strength in its cross-over with other financial services sectors including asset management, transaction processing, finance companies and banking.  Mr. Viton also serves as an investment banker at Ramirez & Co., the largest Hispanic-owned investment bank.  Mr. Viton was a Managing Director in the Financial Institutions Group of Credit Suisse from 2005 to 2007.  Prior to joining Credit Suisse, Mr. Viton was a Managing Director at UBS Investment Bank from 1997 to 2005.  At UBS Mr. Viton completed over 150 financing and merger and acquisition transactions totaling over $60 billion, including a variety of large cap, small cap, cross border and structured products transactions.  Mr. Viton holds a Master of Management degree from the J.L. Kellogg School of Management and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Northwestern University.  Mr. Viton is a member of the Association of Insurance and Financial Analysts.