(1939-2019) In memory of our illustrious Chairman, Founder and loving father, Denis P. Kelleher. We continue the business based on the values you instilled in us all.

Inspired Leadership

Denis P. Kelleher founded Wall Street Access and provided the vision and leadership that enables the firm to evolve one step ahead of the market. Denis was the former President of Ruane Cunniff & Co., Inc., served as Vice President and Treasurer of the Sequoia Fund, and had a bold vision for Wall Street Access and its future.

Wall Street Access



Denis P. Kelleher starts Wall Street Clearing Company, which specializes in wholesale execution and clearing of securities transactions. The company partners with Kansas City Southern Industries in this endeavor.


The clearing business of Wall Street Clearing Co. is acquired by Alex Brown and Sons, which was later acquired by Deutsche Bank.


The name of the firm was changed to Wall Street Investor Services to develop mutual fund marketing programs for banks and provide discount brokerage, retirement planning and professional money management services for investors.


The company wins the exclusive endorsement of American Bankers Association to distribute investment products through ABA member banks.


The company announces its new name– Wall Street Access – which reflects the dedication to providing superior execution and asset management services to high net worth individuals and institutions.


Tom Burnett introduces the Merger Insight research product, which helps clients navigate the complexity of announced mergers and acquisitions that are greater than $500 MM.


Wall Street Access featured in Barron’s first survey of “The Best Online Brokers” in 1996 and is included in each subsequent survey until the business was acquired by E*Trade in 2004


DST Systems Inc. acquires an equity interest in Wall Street Access.


Proprietary hedge fund of funds, Advanced Strategies II, LP is formed from a merger of VK Associates and Advanced Strategies I, LP.


The retail online brokerage business was acquired by E*Trade in 2004


The firm establishes a fixed income trading group, headed by Richard Lee which specializes in high-grade corporate bonds.


Global Sales and Trading team, led by Dana Pascucci, joins from Rodman & Renshaw, adding market making capabilities to Wall Street Access for the first time in the firm’s history.


Wall Street Access completes repurchase of DST Systems equity stake.


Wall Street Access forms joint venture with technology-trading firm Global Liquidity Partners.


Wall Street Access Asset Management partners with Starboard Advisors to further the growth of the wealth management business.


Wall Street Access merges the business of Vandham Securities into its operations.


Wall Street Access adds a fixed income trading group which includes certificates of deposit and municipal bond trading.

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