Photo Release -- NASDAQ Welcomes Square 1 Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ:SQBK) to The NASDAQ Stock Market

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Square 1 Financial, Inc. [SQBK], the holding company for Square 1 Bank, a full service commercial bank dedicated exclusively to serving the financial needs of the venture capital community and entrepreneurs in all stages of growth and expansion, opened for trading on The NASDAQ Stock Market on March 27, 2014.

Square 1 Financial, Inc. [SQBK], the holding company for Square 1 Bank, a full service commercial bank dedicated exclusively to serving the financial needs of the venture capital community and entrepreneurs in all stages of growth and expansion, opened for trading on The NASDAQ Stock Market on March 27, 2014.

NEW YORK, March 27, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:NDAQ) announced that trading of Square 1 Financial, Inc. (Nasdaq:SQBK), the premier banking partner to entrepreneurs and the venture capital community, commenced on The NASDAQ Global Select Market® on March 27, 2014.

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Square 1 Financial is the holding company for Square 1 Bank, a full service commercial bank dedicated exclusively to serving the financial needs of the venture capital community and entrepreneurs in all stages of growth and expansion. Square 1's expertise and focus provide flexible resources, tailored solutions and high-touch support to meet clients' needs. The Bank provides loans, deposits, treasury management services and investment advisory services. The Square 1 team consists of 240 employees in 11 offices located in key innovation markets across the country.

"NASDAQ is thrilled to welcome Square 1 Financial, Inc. to The NASDAQ Stock Market," said Nelson Griggs, Senior Vice President, NASDAQ OMX. "We congratulate Square 1 Financial, Inc. on their initial public offering and look forward to an enduring partnership with the company and its shareholders."

Square 1 Financial, Inc. joins some of the world's most progressive and innovative companies by listing on The NASDAQ Stock Market®, which is home to more than 533 financial companies – more than any other U.S. exchange.

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