Press Release August 16, 2005

American Banker Ranks Goodwin Procter Among Top 10 Advisers in Domestic Bank and Thrift Merger Deals in First Half of 2005

BOSTON, Aug. 16, 2005 – American Banker recently ranked Goodwin Procter the 10th most active primary adviser in domestic bank and thrift merger deals announced in the first half of 2005 by deal value. The total deal value reported was approximately $245 million.

Goodwin Procter offers its clients an interdisciplinary approach to the delivery of legal services within the financial services industry, providing expertise across a broad range of financial products and services such as retail and institutional banking, mutual funds, brokerage and investment management; hedge funds, funds that invest in real estate and real estate securities, and funds that invest in private equities, among other asset management products and services.

Gregory Lyons serves as the firm's Financial Services Practice chairman.