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SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Piper Jaffray & Co. is pleased to announce that Eric Peterson has joined the firm as a managing director in the firm's Debt Capital Markets group. His focus will be designing and implementing leverage capital solutions for companies within the firm's growth company client-base. Peterson will be based in the Piper Jaffray San Francisco office.

Peterson has 15 years of experience within the investment banking industry, more specifically in high-yield finance. He was most recently a managing director and head of the Mezzanine Capital Group at Banc of America Securities. During his tenure at Banc of America Securities, Peterson also served as a managing director in both the Real Estate Mezzanine Capital and High Yield Finance Groups.

Peterson holds a master of business administration degree from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and a bachelor of arts degree from the University of California at Berkeley.

"We are thrilled to bring Eric on board," said David Holden, head of Debt Capital Markets at Piper Jaffray. "His exceptional capabilities expand our platform of providing leverage capital solutions to our clients and will contribute to the continued growth of our business."

"Piper Jaffray has a terrific franchise, with strong client relationships and deep industry expertise in the sectors they cover," said Peterson. "I am excited to be part of the effort to leverage this great franchise and expand the firm's debt capabilities."

Piper Jaffray & Co. is the chief operating subsidiary of Piper Jaffray Companies (NYSE: PJC), a focused securities firm dedicated to delivering superior financial advice, investment products and transaction execution within selected sectors of the financial services marketplace. The company operates through two primary revenue-generating segments: Capital Markets and Private Client Services. Investment Research, an independent group reporting to the CEO, supports clients of both segments. Piper Jaffray & Co. has served corporations, government and non-profit entities, institutional investors and the financial advisory needs of private individuals since 1895. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Piper Jaffray has approximately 3,000 employees in 111 offices in 23 states across the country and in London. For more information about Piper Jaffray, visit us online at http://www.piperjaffray.com .

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