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Rodman & Renshaw to Unveil DirectMarkets Platform at TradeTech 2012 Conference in New York City on March 6-8

Company Will Debut First-Ever 24/7 Automated Electronic Transaction Platform To Link Issuers with Investors for Primary Offerings of Securities by Existing Publicly Traded Companies

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mar. 5, 2012-- Rodman & Renshaw Capital Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: RODM) will unveil DirectMarkets, an automated state-of-the-art electronic transaction platform to directly link existing public companies and investors seeking to transact primary offerings of securities, at the TradeTech 2012 Conference being held at the Javits Center in New York City on March 6-8.

Kevin Lupowitz, CEO of Direct Markets, Inc., will serve as chairperson of TradeTech’s Architecture panel, to be held on Wednesday, March 7. Mr. Lupowitz will moderate a series of panels and lectures immediately following his introductory remarks beginning at 2:15pm.

DirectMarkets will bring unprecedented, cost-efficient access to the capital markets into the C-Suite of public companies and bypass certain traditional roles typically held by investment banks that presently control the transactional process. Both investors and issuers will benefit from 24/7 seamless access to DirectMarkets’ platform through a graphical user interface (GUI) accessible via a desktop or laptop computer, as well as mobile smart devices such as tablets or smartphones.

With its many features, the DirectMarkets platform will empower issuers to sell shares (covered by a shelf registration) directly into the secondary market and to complete funding transactions at a fraction of the current cost. Using the same platform, investors will be able to directly contact issuers, with effective shelf registrations in place, to indicate their interest in buying that issuer’s stock, effectively gaining the ability to accumulate stock positions in a more cost-effective manner than through ongoing open market purchases. For more information about the DirectMarkets platform, please refer to the press release we issued on February 2, 2012, or visit www.directmkts.com.

DirectMarkets will host a launch party in New York City on the evening of Tuesday, March 6. For launch party information, please contact Jordyn Kopin at jkopin@rodm.com.

About TradeTech

TradeTech is the world's largest annual conference for equity trading and technology professionals. Since the launch in 2001, TradeTech has become the industry's prime source of strategies, information and networking and is the most comprehensive industry get together in the world. It combines a high level conference, with a large exhibition hall, to combine unparalleled networking, benchmarking and learning opportunities into one event. Created by an industry advisory board, it is an event created “for the industry by the industry” where all the key issues are uncovered, discussed and resolved. Last year TradeTech was fully supported by all of the large investment banks, as well as dozens of solution providers, MTFs, stock exchanges and technology innovation companies and industry media. What makes TradeTech so unique is the quality of the speaking faculty and the interactive structure of the program. Over the years, TradeTech has been tailored to encourage discussion around practical case studies and “real life” examples giving the attendees executable strategies for their trading desk to implement immediately upon their return from the conference. For more information, visit http://www.wbresearch.com/tradetechusa/About_us.aspx.

About Rodman & Renshaw Capital Group, Inc.

Rodman & Renshaw Capital Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: RODM) is a holding company with a number of direct and indirect subsidiaries, including Rodman & Renshaw, LLC and Direct Markets, Inc.

Rodman & Renshaw, LLC is a full-service investment bank dedicated to providing corporate finance, strategic advisory and related services to public and private companies across multiple sectors and regions. The company also provides research and sales and trading services to institutional investors. Rodman is the leader in the PIPE (private investment in public equity) and RD (registered direct offering) transaction markets. According to Sagient Research Systems, Rodman has been ranked the #1 Placement Agent by deal volume of PIPE and RD financing transactions completed every year since 2005. For more information visit Rodman & Renshaw on the Internet at www.rodm.com.

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Cautionary Note Regarding Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements regarding future events including, but not limited to the timing, acceptance and success of the roll-out of the DirectMarkets platform. In some cases, you can identify these statements by words such as “may,” “might,” “will,” “should,” “except,” “plan,” “intend,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “predict,” “potential,” or “continue,” the negative of these terms and other comparable terminology. These statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties and are based on numerous assumptions involving judgments with respect to future economic, competitive and market conditions and future business decisions, all of which are difficult or impossible to predict accurately and many of which are beyond the Company’s control. There are or may be important factors that could cause our actual results to materially differ any future results expressed or implied by such forward looking statements.

These factors include, but are not limited to, those discussed under the section entitled “Risk Factors” in our Annual Report on Form 10-K, filed March 15, 2011, which is available at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission website at www.sec.gov. The forward-looking statements in this press release are based upon management's reasonable belief as of the date hereof. The Company undertakes no obligation to revise or update publicly any forward-looking statements for any reason.

Source: Rodman & Renshaw Capital Group, Inc.

Investors:
Rodman & Renshaw Capital Group, Inc.
Dave Horin, 212-356-0545
Chief Financial Officer
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Media:
Edelman for Rodman & Renshaw and DirectMarkets
Mike Geller, 212-729-2163