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NewStar Financial Opens Southeastern Regional Office

Industry veteran opens Charleston, South Carolina office

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Boston, Massachusetts, June 8, 2005 - NewStar Financial, Inc., a Boston-based commercial finance company, announces the opening of its southeastern regional office in Charleston, South Carolina.

NewStar provides customized financing solutions to mid-sized customers in the commercial real estate, middle market corporate and structured products markets. Since its launch in July of 2004, the company has completed more than 35 transactions across the country totaling more than $400 million. NewStar has extensive direct origination capabilities and lending capacity of $2 billion.

"As our company continues to grow and thrive, expanding our presence into the Southeast makes perfect business sense," said Tim Conway, chief executive officer of NewStar. "We are certain there is a demand for NewStar's expertise, flexibility and resources throughout the region and every bit as confident in our ability to meet that demand."

NewStar's efforts in the southeastern part of the United States will be lead by Managing Director Bob Kosian, who will also cover the retail, restaurant, and consumer products industries nationally. Mr. Kosian brings more than 25 years of commercial and merchant banking experience in the U.S., United Kingdom and Europe with Citigroup and Prudential Securities. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and received his MBA from the Wharton School of Business.

About NewStar Financial, Inc.:

NewStar Financial, Inc. was formed in June 2004 by a group of senior banking and capital markets executives from leading financial institutions, including FleetBoston Financial, Citigroup and JP Morgan Chase, and leading institutional investors including Capital Z Partners, JP Morgan Corsair Capital Partners and Och-Ziff Capital Management Group. NewStar is focused exclusively on providing customized financing solutions to mid-sized borrowers in three lending groups: Middle Market Corporate, Commercial Real Estate, and Structured Products. For more information, please contact the appropriate individual below.

Corporate Inquiries:
NewStar Financial
Scott Poirier
(617) 848-2525

Press-Related Inquiries:
Gaffney Bennett Public Relations
Chris Riley
(860) 690-0856

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