SOURCE: Pink Sheets, LLC

January 12, 2007 09:22 ET

Merriman Curhan Ford & Co. Accepted as First OTCQX Investment Bank Designated Advisor for Disclosure (DAD)

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 12, 2007 -- Pink Sheets, LLC announced in August 2006 that Merriman Curhan Ford & Co.(MCF & Co.), a SEC registered broker-dealer and investment bank headquartered in San Francisco, has been accepted as the first Investment Banker Designated Advisor for Disclosure (DAD) for OTCQX listed companies. MCF & Co. will provide advice to clients regarding their OTCQX listing requirements, public disclosure, and securities law compliance.

"We are delighted to add Merriman Curhan Ford & Co. to our list of Investment Bank DADs for OTCQX companies," commented Cromwell Coulson, Chairman and CEO of Pink Sheets. "In all market environments, MCF & Co. finds opportunities for their clients, from providing equity research on nearly 200 companies to making a market in more than 900 stocks, to helping raise more than $3 billion in capital for small and emerging-growth companies since the Company's inception. I'm confident they will bring their strong skills, high energy and experience to the OTCQX DAD program, which exemplifies what we are looking for in Investment Banker DADs, and what we believe will help distinguish OTCQX issuers from the rest of the OTC market."

The OTCQX is a new market tier offered by Pink Sheets that provides a premier trading, quotation and disclosure venue for the securities of the highest quality companies in the U.S. OTC markets. Companies that have substantial operating businesses and provide credible disclosure to the public may qualify for the premium tier OTCQX, which commences trading on March 5, 2007. Each OTCQX company must nominate either an Investment Banker or an Attorney as their DAD to advise them in providing disclosure to the market and meeting the OTCQX listing requirements. The DAD advisory role will bolster investor confidence in the quality of OTCQX issuer disclosure.

About Merriman Curhan Ford & Co.

Merriman Curhan Ford & Co. is a securities broker-dealer and investment bank focused on fast-growing companies and growth-oriented institutional investors. It provides investment research, brokerage and trading services primarily to institutions, as well as advisory and investment banking services to corporate clients. Its mission is to become a leader in the researching, advising, financing and trading of fast-growing companies. Merriman Curhan Ford & Co. is registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission as a broker-dealer and is a member of the National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc. and SIPC.


An alternative to listing on traditional exchanges, OTCQX is a new market tier for issuers of securities that are traded in the over-the-counter (OTC) markets. The OTCQX trading, quotation and disclosure platform, comprised of the PremierQX and PrimeQX tiers, is designed to distinguish strong public companies from the nearly tens of thousands of securities traded on OTC. Additional information is available at

About Pink Sheets, LLC

Pink Sheets, LLC is the leading provider of services, software and financial information for the OTC securities markets. Its electronic quotation, trading and disclosure services enhance the efficiency of OTC trading, provide better executions for OTC investors and improve the capital formation process for OTC issuers. For more information visit the Pink Sheets website at

Contact Information

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    R. Cromwell Coulson
    Chairman and CEO
    Pink Sheets, LLC
    1 (212) 896-4400
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