J.P. Morgan Securities says it has lured eight financial advisors with nearly $2 billion in assets from rival wealth management firms.

Robert Douglass and Beth Kytle joined the Atlanta office from Credit Suisse, where they worked 10 years.  Gidon Nach, a 12-year veteran of Morgan Stanley, joined the firm in Los Angeles, while Robert Woolf, formerly of UBS, joined in Boston.  Stephen Shirley was recruited from Oppenheimer for the Newport Beach, Calif., office. 

The remaining three joined the firm in New York: Galit Ben-Joseph of Neuberger Berman; Richard Comeau of Barclays; and Mark Horowitz of Bernstein.

"We continue to add top talent who are attracted by our unique position as a boutique firm with the significant global resources of J.P. Morgan," the firm's CEO, Greg Quental, said in a statement. "These new advisors bring with them decades of experience serving clients, along with deep investment knowledge, and we are excited to welcome them to the firm."

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