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The PrivateBank Selects the Guggenheim Alternatives Platform

NEW YORK, March 6, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The PrivateBank today announced that it has selected Guggenheim Investment Advisory's alternatives platform as its primary hedge fund platform provider. The Guggenheim Alternatives Platform provides The PrivateBank with tools and guidance to skillfully invest in hedge funds on behalf of their clients.

Using the Guggenheim Alternatives Platform, The PrivateBank can efficiently build and implement customized hedge fund portfolios for their private client base. The Guggenheim Alternatives Platform provides access to Guggenheim's deeply researched menu of hedge fund managers, thematic guidance and support, along with online portfolio construction tools and a streamlined implementation process.

According to William Norris, Chief Investment Officer for The PrivateBank, "We recognized Guggenheim's distinct legacy and expertise in advising clients on hedge fund investing. Adopting the Guggenheim Alternatives Platform as our primary hedge fund provider strengthens our ability to deliver sophisticated, world-class hedge fund solutions to our clients."

"We are thrilled to be selected by The PrivateBank and look forward to a long and successful relationship," said Michael Christ, Head of Guggenheim Investment Advisory. "This partnership reinforces our business model and its value to the wealth management community. We built a platform that goes beyond simply providing advisors with access to hedge funds – our investment team supports advisors with economic and market insights, research, investment strategies and portfolio construction guidance."

Guggenheim's research team employs a high conviction, research-driven approach to vet the broad universe of more than 10,000 hedge fund managers, then selects what Guggenheim believes to be the best and monitors them on an ongoing basis. The manager selection process is supported by a specialized hedge fund investment team that has a global footprint. The diversity of this team brings cultural knowledge and experience, providing an edge in finding talented managers around the globe.

About The PrivateBank

The PrivateBank is a part of PrivateBancorp, Inc., and delivers customized business and personal financial services to middle-market companies, as well as business owners, executives, entrepreneurs and families in all of the markets and communities it serves. As of December 31, 2012, the Company had 35 offices in 10 states and $14.1 billion in assets. The Company website is www.theprivatebank.com.

About Guggenheim Partners

Guggenheim Partners, LLC is a privately held global financial services firm with more than $170 billion in assets under management*. The firm provides asset management, investment banking and capital markets services, insurance, institutional finance and investment advisory solutions to institutions, governments and agencies, corporations, investment advisors, family offices and individuals. Guggenheim Partners is headquartered in New York and Chicago and serves clients around the world from more than 25 offices in eight countries. For more information about Guggenheim Partners, visit www.guggenheimpartners.com.

*Assets under management are as of December 31, 2012 and include consulting services for clients whose assets are valued at approximately $37 billion.

About Guggenheim Investment Advisory

Guggenheim Investment Advisory (GIA) is a business unit of Guggenheim Partners, LLC. GIA provides investment, wealth management and consulting solutions to independent registered investment advisors, private banks and trust companies and similar financial intermediaries, helping them scale their businesses and meet the diverse needs of an increasingly sophisticated client base.

CONTACT: JEANEEN PISARRA GUGGENHEIM PARTNERS 917.386.0387 JEANEEN.PISARRA@GUGGENHEIMINVESTMENTS.COMSource: Guggenheim Investments