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March 29, 2017

Raymond James expands Advisory Board with China M&A expert

MUNICH – Raymond James European Advisory is adding a new member to its Advisory Board: Ms. Xinyin Zhang will strengthen the cross-border M&A advisory business to and from China. A Chinese M&A expert, Zhang has worked the past 10 years as a freelance advisor on M&A transactions between China and Germany. She speaks Mandarin, English and German fluently. Zhang holds degrees from Beijing University, Cranfield University and the London School of Economics.

“As foreign direct investments show, China is on a technology and branded products buying spree, especially in the German middle market, said Melville Mummert, head of European Investment Banking at Raymond James in Munich. “We see a lot of potential for attracting Chinese investors for our sell-side mandates as well as advising Chinese buyers on European acquisitions. With Ms. Zhang joining our Advisory Board, we will be able to quickly establish contact with Chinese decision-makers and bridge the mental and cultural differences in such cross-border transactions.”

“In the USA, Raymond James is already a market leader in investment banking,” Zhang said. In Europe, the company continues to grow since its acquisition of Mummert & Company in 2016. Raymond James has in-depth knowledge in the technology, industrial and consumer sectors, which offer very attractive transaction opportunities for Chinese investors. I am joining the Raymond James Advisory Board because this is an international and entrepreneurial business setup.”

Other Advisory Board members are: Dr. Helmut Eschwey (former CEO of Heraeus), Prof. Dr. Bernd Gottschalk (former Executive Board member of Mercedes), Ute Lassnig (former managing partner at Mummert & Company as well as a member of the healthcare investment banking team at Goldman Sachs), and Dr. Rudolf Pritzl (former partner at Bain & Company responsible for consumer/retail clients in German-speaking countries).

About Raymond James European Advisory
Raymond James European Advisory advises SMEs, entrepreneurs and family businesses on cross-border transactions. The advisory offering covers all phases of the transaction process, from defining strategic goals and negotiating financial conditions through to signing contracts and finalizing deals. Raymond James European Advisory exclusively represents the interests of its clients, especially in relation to mergers and acquisitions, funding, restructurings and secondaries. Thanks to the firm's many years of project work, it has developed a focus on a number of sectors: Technology & Services, Industrials, Health Care and Consumer & Retail.

Raymond James European Advisory was established in June 2016 following the integration of Mummert & Company GmbH into Raymond James Financial, Inc. Within the group, the Munich-based advisory team is part of the Investment Banking unit. With its more than 300 M&A advisors, Raymond James Investment Banking is already one of the market leaders in the US and was awarded the titles of Investment Banking Firm of the Year by the M&A Advisor and USA Middle Market M&A Investment Bank of the Year by the Global M&A Network. Disclosures for these awards can be found at raymondjames.com/corporations-and-institutions/accolades.

About Raymond James Financial, Inc.
Raymond James Financial, Inc. (NYSE: RJF) is a leading diversified financial services company providing private client group, capital markets, asset management, banking and other services to individuals, corporations and municipalities. The company has approximately 7,100 financial advisors serving in excess of 3 million client accounts in more than 2,900 locations throughout the United States, Canada and overseas. Total client assets are approximately $637 billion. Public since 1983, the firm has been listed on the New York Stock Exchange since 1986 under the symbol RJF. Additional information is available at www.raymondjames.com. Raymond James & Associates, Inc., member New York Stock Exchange/SIPC.