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CHARLOTTE, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sep. 8, 2016-- Piper Jaffray Companies (NYSE: PJC), a leading investment bank and asset management firm, is pleased to announce the hiring of Scott J.R. Smith as a managing director in its investment banking financial sponsor coverage group. He will be based in the Charlotte office.

Prior to joining Piper Jaffray, Smith focused on private equity relationships at Lazard Ltd., where he opened the Charlotte office for its middle market advisory group in 2008. He began his career at Bowles Hollowell Conner & Co. as an M&A banker and has over 25 years of experience advising public and privately held companies on M&A, financing and strategic advisory assignments.

“The private equity community is a vital client base for our investment banking business, and the addition of Scott onto our financial sponsor coverage team reflects our ongoing commitment to serve these clients and strengthen our platform,” said Scott LaRue, global co-head of Piper Jaffray investment banking and capital markets.

“Scott is one of the most experienced bankers in the middle market with very strong client relationships. We look forward to his contributions as we continue to grow our sponsor business,” said Larry Zimmerman, head of Piper Jaffray financial sponsor coverage.

Smith received his Master of Business Administration degree from The Darden School of the University of Virginia and a bachelor’s degree from Williams College.

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 five separate investment advisory affiliates―U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) registered Advisory Research, Inc., Piper Jaffray Investment Management LLC, PJC Capital Partners LLC and Piper Jaffray & Co.; and Guernsey-based Parallel General Partners Limited, authorized and regulated by the Guernsey Financial Services Commission.

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