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MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — Jan. 9, 2007—Piper Jaffray announces that Mark Austin has joined the firm as a managing director in its Private Capital team. The Private Capital team offers venture capital funds of funds and leveraged buyout funds of funds to college endowments, foundations, pension plans and ultra high net worth individuals. Austin will manage the team's institutional sales efforts and will be responsible for new account development. He will be located in the firm's Minneapolis office.

Austin has over 15 years of investment management marketing experience. Prior to joining Piper Jaffray, he was a managing director at FAF Advisors, Inc. in Minneapolis. During his tenure at FAF Advisors, he was responsible for new account development and at various times, headed FAF's institutional sales, consulting relations and corporate teams. Austin previously worked at Investment Advisers Inc., R.J. Steichen & Co and Honeywell.

“We have collaborated with Mark on our four prior funds over the last seven years and felt he would be a perfect fit for our team,” said Scott Barrington, director of Private Capital at Piper Jaffray. “Mark brings a tremendous amount of investment and sales experience to our team and we look forward to continued growth in our business through his well-established institutional relationships.”

Austin has a master of business administration degree from the University of St. Thomas and a bachelor of science degree from the University of Minnesota.

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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; )

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