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- Roth and Lonnquist Join the Firm -

MENLO PARK, Calif., Apr 15, 2004 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ -- Piper Jaffray & Co. is pleased to announce that Gregory Roth and John Lonnquist have joined its technology investment banking practice. Roth's focus will be on communications companies; Lonnquist will focus on the business services sector.

Roth, who is based out of the Piper Jaffray Menlo Park office, joins Piper Jaffray as a managing director and brings 13 years of investment banking expertise to the firm. Prior to joining Piper Jaffray, Roth was a managing director at Presidio Merchant Partners in San Francisco. Prior to that, he was a director with Credit Suisse First Boston. Roth holds a master's in business administration from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and a bachelor of arts degree in political science organizational behavior management from Brown University in Providence, R.I.

Lonnquist joins the Piper Jaffray technology investment banking team as a principal and will co-head the firm's business services effort with Jerry Will, both of whom are based in the firm's Minneapolis office. He was previously with Deutsche Bank (Alex. Brown) for nine years in the U.S. and London, where he most recently led their European Business Services effort. Lonnquist earned a master's of business administration from Harvard in Cambridge, Mass., and a bachelor of arts in government and economics from Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H.

"We are excited to be deepening our technology investment banking practice with the addition of two such high-caliber bankers," said Chad R. Abraham, head of technology investment banking for Piper Jaffray. "With Greg's expertise in the communications sector and John's exceptional experience with business services companies, we will continue to be a leading provider of investment banking services to growth companies."

The broader Piper Jaffray technology investment banking practice currently encompasses:

     -- Data Networking and Wireline Telecom
     -- Wireless Communications Equipment
     -- Technology and Business Services
     -- Infrastructure Software
     -- Software Security and Design
     -- Internet Media and Marketing
     -- Semiconductors
     -- Semiconductor Capital Equipment
     -- Enterprise Computing and Storage
     -- Learning Services
     -- Defense Electronics and Homeland Security

Headquartered in Minneapolis, Piper Jaffray & Co., a subsidiary of Piper Jaffray Companies (NYSE: PJC), is 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. The firm serves corporations, government and non-profit entities, and institutional investors on a national basis and serves the financial advisory needs of private individuals predominantly across the western half of the United States. The firm has over 2900 employees in 111 offices in 23 states across the country and in London, England. For more information about Piper Jaffray, visit us online at .

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