LONDON & SAN FRANCISCO, 17 May 2010 – Panmure Gordon group analysts have picked up five awards in the recently announced Starmine survey results for the United States and Developed Europe.

In the US survey, the following ThinkEquity analysts were recognised:

• Rajesh Ghai was ranked #1 for stock picking in the Computers & Peripherals sector
• Mike Huang was ranked #1 for stock picking in the Software sector
• Aaron Kessler was ranked #1 for estimate accuracy in the Internet Software and Services category.

In the Developed Europe survey (which is all of Europe, not just UK – the UK survey is to come in June):

• Nick James, at Panmure Gordon & Co, was ranked #1 for stock selection in the Technology Hardware category and was also awarded #2 for estimate accuracy in the sector.

Group chief executive, Tim Linacre, commented: “Starmine recognises an analyst’s ability to make good recommendations and earnings estimates. At ThinkEquity and Panmure Gordon we employ a total of 41 analysts who provide insightful, sought-after research covering c.450 stocks. To have picked up five awards, in a field of analysts from across Europe and the United States, is an excellent achievement for an independent boutique like ours.”