In 1996 Wall Street trailblazer Muriel F. Siebert had just a small hand in public finance through the brokerage she founded. That changed over steaks at Manhattan's Post House restaurant when a handshake between Siebert, Napoleon Brandford III, and Suzanne Shank launched Siebert Brandford Shank & Co.

"We started the firm over a handshake and it was decided there on the spot that Napolean would be chairman and I would be president," Shank, also the firm's chief executive officer, said in an interview Monday following Siebert's death at a New York City hospital over the weekend from complications due to cancer. She was 84.

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