Platinum Capital has hired Keefe, Bruyette & Woods to advise it in its search for a strategic partner to take a minority stake in the company, Platinum chief executive, Mark Moses, said last week.

Platinum originates prime and subprime first mortgages and high loan-to- value home equity loans. The company's prime mortgages are originated through a network of about 20 alliances with real estate firms in the Los Angeles area, while the home equity paper is written from a centralized sales platform in Irvine.

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