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NewStar Financial Provides $22,500,000 In Senior Financing To Crisis Prevention Institute, Inc.

NewStar financing supports equity investment by The Riverside Company

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Boston, MA, October 17, 2006 – NewStar Financial, Inc., a Boston-based specialty finance company, announces that it has provided a $22.5 million senior debt financing to support the acquisition of Crisis Prevention Institute, Inc. (CPI) by The Riverside Company ("Riverside"). CPI, headquartered in Brookfield, WI, is the leading developer and publisher of proprietary materials to train and certify individuals in proven non-violent crisis prevention techniques by utilizing a "train the trainer" business model. CPI’s proprietary Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® program has been taught to over five million people globally, working in healthcare, education and business settings.

NewStar was the Sole Lender for the $22.5 million credit facilities that included a revolving credit facility, a term loan A and a term loan B.

"This is a great new company relationship for NewStar," said Timothy Shoyer, Co-Head of NewStar’s Middle Market group. "CPI offers many transaction strengths, including a management team with significant industry experience, a strong competitive position in an industry with favorable trends, and strong operating momentum. We look forward to being part of CPI’s growth and are excited about their prospects."

Suzanne B. Kriscunas, Partner at Riverside said, "NewStar was a great fit for the CPI transaction due to its strong health care vertical and their willingness to work hand-in-hand with Riverside and the company to fund the transaction on an expedited basis."

Led by Managing Director Greg Pachus, NewStar’s deal team consisted of Robert Hornstein and Keith Cox with analyst support from Dipen Patel and Nicole Gain.

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.

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NewStar Financial

Scott Poirier

(617) 848-2525
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(860) 416-1365

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