Press Release January 10, 2005

Goodwin Procter Ranks in Top 25 for M&A Deals in 2004

BOSTON, January 10 , 2005 — Goodwin Procter LLP today announced that the firm is amongst the top 25 law firms in terms of completed M&A deals in 2004 in Thomson Financial’s annual ranking of worldwide M&A legal advisors. The total value of deals closed by the firm in 2004 exceeded $24 billion.

Thomson Financial compiles its rankings based on deals of which they are made aware and that closed between January 1, 2004 and December 31, 2004. The rankings include information on eligible mergers, acquisitions, repurchases, spin-offs, self-tenders, minority stake purchases and debt restructurings.

Merger and acquisition volume exceeded $1.9 trillion in 2004, which is the highest level of activity since 2000 when global volume reached $3.3 trillion. Similarly, the number of announced worldwide merger and acquisition transactions exceeded 30,000, the best showing in four years.