RF|Binder has acquired Peaks Strategies, the New York-based financial services and capital markets firm launched by Tom Walek, who has more than 30 years of PR experience.

Peaks Strategies will rebrand as RFB|Peaks Strategies, a specialty team within RF|Binder, and be led by executive managing director Armel Leslie, who began his career at Walek & Assocs. in 1999.

Walek sold Walek & Assocs. in 2013 to Peppercomm and then launched Peaks Strategies, which focuses on traditional/alternative asset management, private markets, technology and digital assets.

He will serve as senior counselor at RFB/Peaks Strategies.

Amy Binder, CEO of RF|Binder, said the acquisition will better position her shop to exploit the opportunities for growth brought about by the digital transformation of the financial services sector.

Peaks has served clients such as Shelton Capital Management, Nature's Vault, FLX Networks, Carbon Infrastrucure Partners and Abraham Trading Co.