The steady expansion at Echelon Wealth Partners, an independent brokerage firm, continues. On Wednesday the firm announced that Arinder Mahal has joined the firm to lead its technology investment banking group.

Most recently Mahal, an electrical engineer with a MBA, was with Dundee Securities. At that firm he was head of technology & clean tech investment banking, as Head of Technology & Clean Tech investment banking.

At his new firm, Mahal will work with Ralph Garcea, a technology analyst who was recently hired from Cantor Fitzgerald. He will also be reunited with his former boss, David Anderson, who was named head of investment banking last November. The firm has added staffers in research, investment banking and equity sales and trading. One year back it acquired Dundee Goodman Private Wealth, a 72-person strong group of retail brokers that gave Echelon national presence.

“We see a continuing crisis in access to capital among small and even mid-cap innovation companies,” said David Cusson, chief executive officer of Echelon. “This is why we’ve made technology a key focus for our investment banking and research activities, and why we have attracted the top talents of Arinder and Ralph.”

For his part, Mahal said that his approach is relationship-based, not transactional. “I prefer to pick the right clients and grow with them. The timing is right for a firm like Echelon to get involved and help them commercialize their products and services by helping them to access the capital markets,” he added.