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Castle Harlan Names Hemali Dassani Director, Investor Relations

NEW YORK, December 6, 2013-- Castle Harlan, Inc., the New York private equity investment firm, today announced it has appointed Hemali Dassani Director, Investor Relations. She also will oversee the firm's marketing efforts.

"Dassani's appointment reflects her track record of success in working with alternative investment firms, especially Private Equity funds, to raise capital globally," said Howard D. Morgan, Co-President of Castle Harlan. "Her expertise and experience will be invaluable when we launch our next fund."

Before joining Castle Harlan, Dassani was a Managing Director with Old City Investment Partners, a multi-family office dedicated to finding high quality investments for the firm's exclusive clientele of family office investors.

Dassani holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.Sc. in Industrial Engineering from Northwestern University. She is President of the Harvard Business School Club of Greater New York, and sits on the Board of Governors for the Harvard Business School Real Estate Alumni Association and the Steering Committee for the Harvard Business School Alumni Angels Association.

About Castle Harlan

Castle Harlan, founded in 1987, invests in controlling interests in the buyout and development of middle-market companies in North America and Europe. Its team of 18 investment professionals has completed 53 acquisitions since its inception with a total transaction value in excess of $11 billion. Castle Harlan, along with its affiliates, has managed investment funds with equity commitments of over $6 billion. The firm traces its roots to the start of the institutionalized private-equity business in the late 1960s.

Castle Harlan's current portfolio of companies includes Shelf Drilling Holdings Ltd., a leading provider of shallow-water drilling services in Asia, Africa, India and the Middle East; Pretium Packaging LLC, one of the country's leading manufacturers of custom-designed specialty plastic containers for the food, pharmaceutical, personal-care and household markets; and Baker & Taylor, the world's largest distributor of books and entertainment products to libraries and retailers.

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