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March 03, 2015

Guggenheim Securities Expands Healthcare Banking Practice with Senior Hires

Jeff Hoffman, Joseph Kohls, Sector Leaders at J.P. Morgan, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Join to Collaborate

NEW YORK – Guggenheim Securities, the investment banking and capital markets division of Guggenheim Partners, announced today that Jeff Hoffman and Joseph Kohls will be joining the firm as Senior Managing Directors in the healthcare investment banking group.

"We are looking forward to welcoming Jeff and Joe to Guggenheim," said Mark Van Lith, Head of Investment Banking at Guggenheim Securities. "Each is a proven leader in healthcare investment banking globally. Their decision to work in collaboration at Guggenheim will strengthen our own established healthcare franchise, particularly within the medical devices and technology industries. Their dedication to clients and reputation for providing best-in-class advice and innovative solutions fit well with our client-centric model. Jeff and Joe have each advised on many industry-defining healthcare transactions and we expect them to be even more successful as partners."

Guggenheim Securities' healthcare investment banking team advises a broad range of clients in all areas within healthcare. Most recently, Guggenheim Securities advised Pfizer Inc. on its $17-billion acquisition of Hospira, Inc.; Kindred Healthcare, Inc. on its $1.8-billion acquisition of Gentiva Health Services, Inc.; and Merck KGaA on its $17-billion acquisition of Sigma-Aldrich Corporation. Guggenheim Securities is also an active underwriter for healthcare companies in the capital markets.

Mr. Hoffman will be joining from J.P. Morgan, where he served as Head of West Coast Healthcare Investment Banking. Mr. Hoffman joined J.P. Morgan in 2006. Prior to that, he served as Co-Head of Healthcare at Piper Jaffray. Mr. Hoffman holds a BS in psychology and an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Mr. Kohls will be joining from Bank of America Merrill Lynch, where he served as Co-Head of Global Healthcare Investment Banking. Mr. Kohls joined BofA Merrill Lynch in 2004. Prior to that, he was a Managing Director at Lehman Brothers, where he helped build the bank's medical technology coverage effort. Mr. Kohls holds a BS in accounting from the University of Illinois and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

About Guggenheim Securities

Guggenheim Securities is the investment banking and capital markets business of Guggenheim Partners, a global investment and advisory firm. Guggenheim Securities offers a full range of services that fall into four broad categories: Advisory, Sales and Trading, Financing, and Research. Guggenheim Securities is headquartered in New York, with additional offices in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.

About Guggenheim Partners

Guggenheim Partners is a global investment and advisory firm with more than $220 billion in assets under management. Across our three primary businesses of investment management, investment banking, and insurance services, we have a track record of delivering results through innovative solutions. With more than 2,500 professionals based in more than 25 offices around the world, our commitment is to advance the strategic interests of our clients and to deliver long-term results with excellence and integrity.

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