SAN FRANCISCO, November 21, 2008 – Leading US institutional growth-focused investment bank, ThinkEquity LLC, has hired a team of senior salespeople to extend its reach into Canada and strengthen its offering across North America. Jean Potvin, Laura Semenetz and Sam Levine join ThinkEquity, part of the UK-based Panmure Gordon Group, from Oppenheimer and will be based in New York. ThinkEquity chief executive, Greg Wright, said: “Our new hires were top producers at Oppenheimer and join the ThinkEquity sales team at a time when we are broadening our client account coverage and continuing to make real progress in expanding our sales efforts across North America.” Panmure Gordon Group chief executive, Tim Linacre, said: “ThinkEquity continues to produce an encouraging commission performance. We have assembled a great team and Jean, Laura and Sam’s complementary focus on Canadian and North American accounts will be an important contribution to the team going forward.” Media enquiries: UK: Nathaniel Webb Group Communications Manager Tel: +44 (0) 20 7614 8333 About the Panmure Gordon Group Founded in 1876, Panmure Gordon & Co (PMR.L) is a leading independent mid-cap institutional stockbroker and investment bank. Encompassing its US franchise, ThinkEquity, LLC, the Group employs approximately 260 professionals across the US, the UK and Nyon, Switzerland, offering a blend of transatlantic financial services including research, sales and trading, wealth management and asset management. and