Christopher Michelsen Joins B. Riley Wealth Management in New York

20-year Veteran Financial Advisor Joins Firm as Managing Director, Investments

LOS ANGELES, September 7, 2021 - B. Riley Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ: RILY)("B. Riley") today announced that Christopher Michelsen has joined the firm as Managing Director, Investments with B. Riley Wealth Management. Michelsen was previously associated with UBS Private Wealth Management where he managed approximately $140 million in client assets. He joins B. Riley with his associate, Jennifer Columbia, who was also previously with UBS. They are based in the firm's midtown office location at 299 Park Avenue in New York, NY.

Michelsen is an experienced financial advisor with more than 20 years of private wealth management and institutional trading experience. He works closely with ultra-high-net-worth individuals, business owners, corporate executives, family offices, and real estate professionals to achieve their most strategic financial goals. He specializes in risk management, equity and debt portfolios, structured products, private equity, hedge funds, and impact investments.

"Chris is a talented advisor with deep expertise and a unique skillset that enables him to serve his clients exceptionally well," said Chuck Hastings, CEO of B. Riley Wealth Management. "Our team is incredibly excited to work with someone of Chris' caliber as we continue to grow and enhance the services of our diversified platform. We could not be more pleased to welcome him to the firm."

Michelsen began his career with UBS in 1999 as an institutional trader working on the floor of the NYSE, and later joined the firm's equity derivatives trading division in 2004. He became a registered financial advisor in 2012 and has since focused on developing customized investment strategies and financial solutions for his clients.

Chris Michelsen commented, "Business owners and private investors increasingly are seeking differentiated investment strategies to achieve their wealth management goals. The ability to offer my clients a unique array of financial and investment offerings under one roof is what drew me to B. Riley. I'm confident my clients will benefit from B. Riley's commitment to delivering objective advice and responsive service. I look forward to introducing my clients to the diverse breadth of solutions our platform offers."

He earned two degrees from New York University, graduating with honors in Economics and Business.

Michelsen can be reached at and (212) 271-4508.

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