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SHANGHAI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 4, 2008--Piper Jaffray will join with ChinaVenture, a leading investment research institution, to host the Piper Jaffray & ChinaVenture Investment Conference on March 11, 2008 in Shanghai. The conference, themed "Investing in China: Rational Thinking Behind Prosperity," will address debated topics in the China market, including investment trends and new opportunities in 2008, China's rising consumerism and its impact across the board, and China's IPO and M&A markets.

The conference will begin with a general session featuring an opening address from Alex Ko, CEO of Piper Jaffray Asia, and Jay Chen, founder and board director of ChinaVenture, as well as keynote speeches from executives, including Robin Li, chairman and CEO of, Inc. Attendees will then have the opportunity to participate in three different conference tracks and engage in panel discussions with management teams from leading Chinese and U.S. companies, as well as Piper Jaffray senior research analysts including: Aaron Kessler, Mark Marostica, Gene Munster, Mike Olson, August Richard and T. Michael Walkley.

Panel discussions will focus on trends in the Internet, technology, communications and IT services sectors and address questions including:

"While this is the fifth year that we've hosted an investor conference in China, it is the first time we've partnered with a consulting firm like ChinaVenture," said Murray Huneke, co-head of investment banking at Piper Jaffray. "Through our partnership, we reinforce our leadership in the China market and greatly expand our reach with a large audience of institutional investors, venture capital and private equity firms, and business visionaries."

Companies scheduled to present include: Actions Semiconductor Co., Ltd.; Allyes (China) Holding Company Limited; ANADIGICS, Inc.; Atheros Communications, Inc.; China Digital TV Holding Co., Ltd.; China Techfaith Wireless Communication Technology Limited; International Ltd; Focus Media Holding Ltd.; Giant Interactive Group, Inc.; iSoftstone Information Service Corporation; Longcheer Holdings Limited; Longtop Financial Technologies Limited; O2Micro International Limited;; Shanda Interactive Entertainment Limited; Spreadtrum Communications, Inc.; The9 Limited; VanceInfo Technologies Inc.; Vimicro International Corporation; and VisionChina Media Inc.

In conjunction with the conference, Piper Jaffray will host an investor fieldtrip to visit the corporate headquarters of companies based in Shanghai and Beijing, including Nokia Corporation; Giant Interactive Group, Inc.; International Ltd; Focus Media Holding Ltd.; Advanced Micro-Fabrication Equipment Inc.; China Digital TV Holding Co., Ltd.; KongZhong Corporation;, Inc.; SINA Corporation; Inc. and the Beijing International Olympic Committee.

Company and investor participation in the Piper Jaffray & ChinaVenture Investment Conference and the Piper Jaffray China Investor Fieldtrip is by invitation only. Clients interested in attending should contact their Piper Jaffray representative. Members of the media who would like to attend should contact Andrea Young at 612 303-6697 or

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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, Hong Kong and Shanghai. Piper Jaffray & Co. is the firm's principal operating subsidiary. (NYSE: PJC) (

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About ChinaVenture

ChinaVenture is committed to being the most comprehensive and authoritative source of information for venture investors all over the world. It provides first class consulting services to VC investors, investment banks and entrepreneurs through an array of services and products, including database, research reports and conferences. ChinaVenture Investment Consulting was established in March 2005 and has offices in Beijing and Shanghai. Its Web site, which was launched in July 2005, is currently the most respected professional ventures investment Web site in China.

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Andrea Young, 612-303-6697

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