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Equity Capital Markets

Venture Corporate Finance

Raymond James' Venture Corporate Finance team focuses on financing transactions of up to $5 million in any industry or sector. We build on the relationships our financial advisors have with principals of early-stage and small-cap companies and help these business ventures meet their goals by assisting them with their financing, distribution, restructuring and listing needs. Most of our clients are either seeking a listing or are currently listed on the TSX Venture Exchange.

Our Corporate Finance team offers a wealth of experience and knowledge in the following:

  • Public equity financing
  • Private placement financing
  • Capital Pool Company financing
  • Debt financing
  • Sponsorship

David Melillo, MBA
Director, Corporate Finance

David Melillo joined Raymond James in February of 2005 and has over fourteen years of corporate finance experience. David began his investment industry career as a corporate finance associate and subsequently was head of corporate finance for another investment dealer where he developed a specialization for analyzing and financing venture issuers. Over the years, David has been directly involved in numerous financing transactions for issuers in a variety of industries and sectors. David holds a Bachelor of Science degree (Biology) from the University of Windsor and a MBA from Nova Southeastern University.


Melody Lau
Associate, Venture Corporate Finance

Melody Lau joined Raymond James in 2005 and has over seven years of corporate finance experience. In addition to this, her investment industry experience includes time spent in the private client business as well as with the institutional sales desk in capital markets. Melody's corporate finance career has seen her involved in financing venture issuers and sponsoring them for listing on the TSX Venture Exchange. Melody holds a Bachelor of Applied Science degree (Mechanical Engineering) from the University of Windsor.



Leon Chan
Analyst, Venture Corporate Finance

Leon Chan joined Raymond James in 2006. Leon began his investment industry career as a Senior Account Profile Associate at Raymond James. In 2009, Leon transitioned to a new role as Supervisor of Registered Plans Administration. In 2011 Leon joined Venture Corporate Finance as one of the analysts responsible for the review and approval of non-brokered private placement financings. Leon holds a Bachelor of Science degree (Mathematics) from the University of Victoria.