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Ziegler

May 09, 2011 13:02 ET

Ziegler Welcomes Paula Permenter

Senior Vice President, Religion & Education Practice

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwire - May 9, 2011) - Ziegler (PINKSHEETS: ZGCO), a specialty investment banking firm with more than 100 years of experience, welcomed Paula Permenter as its newest charter school banker to the team in Texas. Ziegler is a recognized leader in the educational sector throughout the U.S. with a dedicated team in the charter school market.

Permenter joins Ziegler with over twenty years of experience with Van Kampen American Capital Management, Inc and most recently with Invesco. Scott Rolfs, head of the religion and education practice at Ziegler stated, "We are excited to have Paula join our team. New and established charter schools will find her insight invaluable as it relates to their financial operations given her extensive experience of an institutional investor in these organizations."

With Ziegler closing one of the largest charter school financing in the U.S. for Renaissance Charter School and working on several other financings, adding Permenter to the team will bring new light to the charter school sector.

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About Ziegler:

The Ziegler Companies, Inc. (PINKSHEETS: ZGCO) together with its affiliates (Ziegler) is a specialty investment bank with unique expertise in complex credit structures and advisory services. Nationally, Ziegler is ranked as one of the leading investment banking firms in its specialty sectors of healthcare, senior living, religion and education finance, as well as corporate finance and FHA/HUD. Headquartered in Chicago, IL with regional and branch offices throughout the U.S., Ziegler creates tailored financial solutions including bond financing, advisory, private placement, seed capital, M&A, risk and asset management. Ziegler serves institutional and individual investors through its wealth management and capital markets distribution channels.

Certain comments in this news release represent forward-looking statements made pursuant to the provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, in particular, the overall financial health of the securities industry, the strength of the healthcare sector of the U.S. economy and the municipal securities marketplace, the ability of the Company to underwrite and distribute securities, the market value of mutual fund portfolios and separate account portfolios advised by the Company, the volume of sales by its retail brokers, the outcome of pending litigation, and the ability to attract and retain qualified employees.

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