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Merriman Capital Acts As Placement Agent For Comstock Mining (LODE.OB) $35.75 Million In New Equity

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Merriman Capital, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Merriman Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: MERR), today announced that it has acted as placement agent for Comstock Mining Inc. (the "Company") (OTC Bulletin Board: LODE) in raising $35.75 million of new equity. The Company has also exchanged all of its previously defaulted senior secured debt and related obligations for new equity and securing integral land mineral rights. The Company will use the net proceeds to meet its capital and operating needs for production and the remaining parts of its three-year strategic plan, including exploration, mine development, and land acquisition.

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Moelis & Company acted as exclusive financial advisor to the Company. Moelis & Company also acted as lead placement agent and Global Hunter Securities, LLC, Rodman & Renshaw, LLC, Merriman Capital, Inc., Legend Merchant Group Inc., and Anderson & Strudwick, Inc., acted as placement agents in connection with the private placement.

Details of the transaction can be found at the Company's website: http://www.comstockmining.com/

About Comstock Mining Inc.

Comstock Mining Inc. is a Nevada-based precious metals mining company with extensive, contiguous property in the Comstock District. The Company began acquiring properties in the Comstock District in 2003. Since then, the Company has consolidated a significant portion of the Comstock District, amassed the single largest known repository of historical and current geological data on the Comstock region, secured permits, built an infrastructure and brought the exploration project into test mining production. We continue acquiring additional properties in the district, expanding our footprint and creating opportunities for exploration and mining. The goal of our strategic plan is to deliver stockholder value by validating qualified resources (at least measured and indicated) and reserves (probable and proven) of 3,250,000 gold equivalent ounces by 2013, and commencing commercial mining and processing operations in 2011, with annual production rates of 20,000 gold equivalent ounces.

About Merriman Holdings, Inc.

Merriman Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: MERR) is a financial services firm focused on fast-growing companies and the institutions that invest in them. The company offers high-quality investment banking, equity research, institutional services and corporate & venture services, and specializes in three growth industry sectors: CleanTech, Consumer, Media & Internet and Technology. For more information, please go to www.merrimanco.com.

Note to Investors

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements based on our current expectations, forecasts and assumptions that involve risks and uncertainties. This release does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of offers to buy any securities of the Company. Forward-looking statements in this release are based on information available to us as of the date hereof. Our actual results may differ materially from those stated or implied in such forward-looking statements, due to risks and uncertainties associated with our business, which include the risk factors disclosed in our Form 10-K/A filed on April 30, 2010. Forward-looking statements include statements regarding our expectations, beliefs, intentions or strategies regarding the future and can be identified by forward-looking words such as "anticipate," believe," "could," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "may," "should," and "would" or similar words. We assume no obligation to update the information included in this press release, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. The Form 10-K/A filed on April 30, 2010 and the Form 10-Q filed on August 12, 2010, together with this press release and the financial information contained herein, are available on our website, www.mcfco.com. Please click on "Investor Relations."

SOURCE Merriman Holdings, Inc.

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