Duff & Phelps Corporation (NYSE: DUF), a leading independent financial advisory and investment banking firm, has entered into a sponsorship agreement with PGA Tour golfer Ricky Barnes and LPGA Tour golfer Cristie Kerr.

As part of the sponsorship, which the company developed with Blake Sports Group of New Jersey, both players will wear the Duff & Phelps logo during competitions and participate in client events produced by Duff & Phelps.

“As the global economy rebounds and the demand for Duff & Phelps’ services grows, it is vital for us to identify new avenues to connect with potential clients, and golf provides the ideal forum,” said Marty Dauer, chief marketing officer of Duff & Phelps. “Ricky and Cristie are exceptional athletes that perform at the highest levels of their sport, and we look forward to introducing them to our current and potential clients.”

Ricky Barnes recently finished his second full season on the PGA Tour, ranked 75 in the world and 64 in the FedEx Cup standings. Notably, in 2009, he finished second in the US Open at Bethpage. Cristie Kerr consistently ranked as a top-five golfer in 2010, enjoying 11 top 5 finishes in 22 starts, including victories in two majors—the LPGA State Farm Classic and the LPGA Championship Presented by Wegmans.

“Joining forces with Duff & Phelps is an exciting opportunity for me, and I am pleased that they have chosen golf as a venue to promote their brand,” said Barnes. “I look forward to collaborating with their team of professionals in 2011 and beyond.”

“I am thrilled to partner with a world class organization like Duff & Phelps,” said Kerr. “I look forward to interacting with their clients and representing their brand as I compete in 2011.”

About Duff & Phelps

As a leading global independent provider of financial advisory and investment banking services, Duff & Phelps delivers trusted advice to our clients principally in the areas of valuation, transactions, financial restructuring, dispute and taxation. Our world class capabilities and resources, combined with an agile and responsive delivery, distinguish our clients' experience in working with us. With offices in North America, Europe and Asia, Duff & Phelps is committed to fulfilling its mission to protect, recover and maximize value for its clients. Investment banking services in the United States are provided by Duff & Phelps Securities, LLC. Investment banking services in the United Kingdom and Germany are provided by Duff & Phelps Securities Ltd. Duff & Phelps Securities Ltd. is authorized and regulated by the Financial Services Authority. Investment banking services in France are provided by Duff & Phelps SAS. For more information, visit www.duffandphelps.com. (NYSE: DUF)

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