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MENLO PARK, Calif., June 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Piper Jaffray & Co. is pleased to announce that David Parker has joined the firm as head of Technology M&A. Parker will be based in the Piper Jaffray Menlo Park office and will help further develop the firm's Technology M&A franchise.

"We are thrilled to have David join us to help lead our Technology M&A efforts," said Jon Salveson, head of Investment Banking at Piper Jaffray. "David has over 15 years of experience in M&A and has developed extensive client relationships during his career. We look forward to having David's knowledge and capabilities at Piper Jaffray. He will be a tremendous asset to our firm."

Parker joins the firm from Thomas Weisel Partners, where he was one of two senior partners leading the M&A practice for the past six years. In that time period, Parker was involved in transactions aggregating in excess of $65 billion. Prior to that, Parker worked at Montgomery Securities for three years in San Francisco and at Chase Securities for six years in New York. He received his bachelor's degree from the School of Business Administration at Georgetown University and his master's of business administration degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

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. Piper Jaffray & Co. has served corporations, government and non-profit entities, institutional investors and the financial advisory needs of private individuals since 1895. With headquarters in Minneapolis, Piper Jaffray has approximately 3,000 employees in 104 offices in 23 states across the country and in London. For more information about Piper Jaffray, visit us online at

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SOURCE  Piper Jaffray & Co.
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    /CONTACT:  Susan Beatty, Media Relations of Piper Jaffray & Co.,
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CO:  Piper Jaffray & Co.; Thomas Weisel Partners
ST:  California

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