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December 20, 2013

Raymond James named “Investment Banking Firm of the Year” by M&A Advisor

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – M&A Advisor named the Raymond James Investment Banking practice “Investment Banking Firm of the Year” and Jim Bunn, co-head of the Technology Services group, as “M&A Dealmaker of the Year” at its annual M&A Advisor Awards gala on Dec. 17 in New York City.

“It is a tremendous honor for Raymond James to be recognized by M&A Advisor as a leader in M&A,” said Dav Mosby, head of Investment Banking at Raymond James. “Both of these awards are indicative of the talent, dedication and professionalism of our entire team. Our focus is always on helping our clients succeed and thoughtfully grow and we worked diligently to help them achieve their goals.  This award is nice recognition of our success in 2013.”

“Receiving the ‘M&A Dealmaker of the Year’ award is a great achievement,” said Bunn, “but the ‘Firm of the Year’ award is where the true achievement lies. In 2014, I am looking forward to building on our success and working more closely in my new role with all of the tremendous professionals on our Investment Banking team.”

In a previously announced promotion effective Jan. 1, Bunn will serve along with Mosby as co-heads of the Investment Banking practice at Raymond James.

The M&A Advisor awards recognize excellence in deal making, restructuring and financing and celebrate the contributions and achievements of leading firms and professionals. Since 2009, Raymond James has completed 280 advisory assignments, including more than 200 M&A buy-side or sell-side advisory transactions. In fiscal year 2013, the Investment Banking group achieved record levels of M&A advisory activity, completing more than 70 buy-side and sell-side transactions valued at $9 billion.

About Raymond James Financial, Inc.
Raymond James Financial (NYSE-RJF) is a Florida-based diversified holding company providing financial services to individuals, corporations and municipalities through its subsidiary companies. Its three principal wholly owned broker/dealers, Raymond James & Associates, Raymond James Financial Services, and Raymond James Ltd., have approximately 6,200 financial advisors serving approximately 2.5 million accounts in approximately 2,500 locations throughout the United States, Canada and overseas. In addition, total client assets are approximately $441 billion.

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