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In December, U. S. Bancorp Piper Jaffray was one of the last firms to sign onto a pact involving 12 of Wall Street's top securities firms. The resolution aimed to settle conflict-of-interest allegations at investment banks.
S. Bancorp, also based in Minneapolis, for $730 million in cash. From 1999 to 2003, the firm was known as U. S. Bancorp Piper Jaffray. In 2003, U. S. Bancorp spun off Piper Jaffray in a stock dividend to its shareholders, making the company independent once again under the symbol PJC. In 2006, the company sold its brokerage business to Zurich based UBS for $510 million in cash.  The business had approximately 800 brokers at that time.