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BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 2, 2008--Piper Jaffray & Co. strengthened its equity sales and trading team with the addition of Stephen Yamane as managing director. Yamane, who brings more than 20 years experience, will work out of the firm's growing Boston office.

Yamane joins Piper Jaffray from Cowen and Company where he was managing director of equity sales and trading. Prior to that, Yamane was in a similar role at Kidder Peabody/Paine Webber.

"Boston is an important market for our firm and we continue to add senior level talent to serve our clients in the region," said Jim Fehrenbach, head of equity sales and trading at Piper Jaffray. "Stephen is a talented and experienced trader that has built a career on providing exceptional client service. Our clients and team will benefit from his expertise."

Yamane earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of New Hampshire.

About Piper Jaffray

Piper Jaffray Companies is a leading, international middle-market investment bank and institutional securities firm, serving the needs of middle-market corporations, private equity groups, public entities, nonprofit clients and institutional investors. Founded in 1895, Piper Jaffray provides a comprehensive set of products and services, including equity and debt capital markets products; public finance services; mergers and acquisitions advisory services; high-yield and structured products; institutional equity and fixed-income sales and trading; and equity and high-yield research. With headquarters in Minneapolis, Piper Jaffray has 25 offices across the United States and international locations in London, Hong Kong, and Shanghai. Piper Jaffray & Co. is the firm's principal operating subsidiary. (NYSE: PJC) (http://www.piperjaffray.com)

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