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SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mar. 7, 2016-- Piper Jaffray Companies (NYSE: PJC), a leading investment bank and asset management firm, is pleased to announce the hiring of Jason Harkness as a managing director in its technology investment banking group. He will work in partnership with Michael Hirsch, serving as co-heads of the internet & digital media sectors, and based in the firm’s San Francisco office.

Harkness joined Piper Jaffray from Raymond James, where he was a managing director and head of internet and digital media investment banking. Previously, he spent over seven years at Pinnacle Ventures, where he helped lead the firm’s investments in the internet and digital media space, including BlueKai (acquired by Oracle), Chegg (NYSE: CHGG), Diapers.com (acquired by Amazon.com), Gilt Groupe Holdings, Inc. (acquired by Hudson’s Bay Co.), Kabam, Pandora Media, Inc. (NYSE: P), Right Media (acquired by Yahoo! Inc.) and Zipcar (acquired by Avis Budget Group, Inc.), among many other high-profile transactions.

“As we experience new levels of growth and momentum, our platform is increasingly attractive for banking talent across our core verticals,” said Chad Abraham, global co-head of investment banking and capital markets for Piper Jaffray. “Jason is an impressive addition who will add immediate value within our technology franchise. We are pleased to have him on-board.”

Marc Steifman and Michael Kim, co-heads of the Piper Jaffray technology investment banking group, added: “We continue to focus our advisory and financing practice on the largest opportunities in technology, centered on secular growth and convergence themes in software, internet, digital media and surrounding markets. Jason has a proven track record advising companies in these sectors. His domain and transaction expertise and his deep client relationships are welcome additions.”

Harkness received a Master of Business Administration degree from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and bachelor’s degrees in finance and accounting from the University of Arizona, where he graduated summa cum laude.

About Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray Companies (NYSE: PJC) is a leading, international investment bank and asset management firm. Securities brokerage and investment banking services are offered in the U.S. through Piper Jaffray & Co., member SIPC and FINRA; in Europe through Piper Jaffray Ltd., authorized and regulated by the U.K. Financial Conduct Authority and Simmons & Company International Limited, authorized and regulated by the U.K. Financial Conduct Authority and the Dubai Financial Services Authority; in Hong Kong through Piper Jaffray Hong Kong Limited, authorized and regulated by the Securities and Futures Commission. Asset management products and services are offered through four separate investment advisory affiliates―U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) registered Advisory Research, Inc., Piper Jaffray Investment Management LLC and PJC Capital Partners LLC; and Guernsey-based Parallel General Partners Limited, authorized and regulated by the Guernsey Financial Services Commission.

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