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NEW YORK — Jan. 22, 2007—Piper Jaffray announces that Jana Ernakovich has joined its Financial Sponsors team in New York. The hire of Ernakovich is part of the team's expansion to provide the best service for private equity clients with the firm's full range of debt, equity and advisory capabilities.

Ernakovich joins the firm as a principal and will focus on serving middle market private equity clients in conjunction with the investment bankers in the firm's industry-focused teams, including: alternative energy, business services, consumer, financial institutions, health care, industrial growth and technology industries. She has 10 years of experience in the industry. Prior to joining Piper Jaffray, she was part of the financial sponsors and leveraged finance teams at Banc of America, Credit Suisse First Boston and Bankers Trust.

“We are excited about the expansion of our financial sponsors team serving clients with high quality investment opportunities, actionable ideas and superior execution,” said John Hogan, head of Financial Sponsors at Piper Jaffray. “Jana has extensive experience and knowledge working with private equity firms and we look forward to her expertise in serving our clients.”

Ernakovich has a master's of business administration degree from Columbia Business School at Columbia University and a bachelor's degree in economics from Bryn Mawr College in Bryn Mawr, Penn.

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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, Madrid and Shanghai. The firm's UK operating subsidiary, Piper Jaffray Ltd., is authorized and regulated by the Financial Services Authority and is a member of the London Stock Exchange. Piper Jaffray & Co. is the firm's principal operating subsidiary. (NYSE: PJC; http://www.piperjaffray.com )

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