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BOSTON — Oct. 16, 2006—Piper Jaffray & Co. investment banker Ike Papadopoulos will present at the 4th Annual New England Public Finance Conference Oct. 19-20 in Boston. Papadopoulos will participate in a panel on Thursday, Oct. 19 titled, “Swaps 101: Optimizing Your Debt Structure.”

The panel will discuss the basics of municipal derivatives and why more issuers are using them. The panel participants will also address the policies that should be put in place when using swaps in the fixed-income market. The moderator of the panel is J. Donald Rice Jr., president of Rice Financial Products Company. Papadopoulos will be joined on the panel by Tim McKeon of MBIA, Andrew McKendrick of Public Financial Management, Marko Issever of Bank of New York, and Jami Loh of MassDevelopment.

As vice president at Piper Jaffray, Papadopoulos serves public finance issuers in the Northeast from the firm's Boston office. He focuses on health care and higher education issues as well as in the governmental area. 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.

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