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BOSTON, Sept. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Piper Jaffray & Co. is pleased to announce that Ike Papadopoulos has joined the firm as vice president in investment banking for Public Finance Services. Papadopoulos will service public finance issuers in the Northeast working from the firm's Boston office.

"Ike brings a tremendous amount of knowledge and contacts with issuers in the Northeast in health care and higher education as well as in the governmental area, and we are excited to have him on our team," said Frank Fairman, head of Public Finance Services at Piper Jaffray. "Ike will be an instrumental part of our efforts to grow our business in this region."

Prior to joining Piper Jaffray, Papadopoulos was the director of financing programs at the Massachusetts Health & Educational Facilities Authority where he was responsible for working with health care and higher education borrowers. He also spent several years at the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority and started his career as an associate in public finance at Bear Stearns in New York.

"I was excited to join the Piper Jaffray team because of the strong public finance platform and capabilities, and I look forward to helping expand our client base in the Northeast," said Papadopoulos.

Papadopoulos received his undergraduate degree in business administration from Kingston University in Greece and his masters degree in business administration from Northeastern University in Boston.

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 and Madrid. Piper Jaffray & Co. is the firm's principal operating subsidiary. (NYSE: PJC) ( http://www.piperjaffray.com )

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