Press Release July 09, 2007

Goodwin Procter Ranked Among Most Active For M&A Activity

BOSTON, July 9, 2007 —Thomson Financial recently released its second quarter worldwide Mergers & Acquisitions Review and ranked Goodwin Procter LLP among the most active legal advisors for M&A transactions in the world. The firm ranked 12th based on volume of U.S. target-side M&A deals, and 21st for completed U.S. M&A deals. Goodwin Procter also ranked 18th for completed M&A deals involving U.S. public companies.

On a global scale, Goodwin Procter ranked 12th for completed M&A deals as well as 13th for announced M&A deals involving Australia and New Zealand. In Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan), Goodwin Procter ranked 24th for announced M&A deals.

Attorneys in Goodwin Procter’s Mergers & Acquisitions Practice structure, negotiate and execute a broad array of transactions — mergers, acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, tender-offers, spin-offs, divestitures and going private transactions as well as unsolicited proposals for significant transactions. They have represented clients over 200 M&A transactions in the past two years totaling $120 billion and continue to be very active in the REIT, financial services, technology companies, private equity and hedge funds sectors.

Thomson Financial is a leading global provider of integrated information-based solutions. The company’s quarterly league tables are based upon a single set of globally consistent criteria, submission guidelines, transaction classifications, and eligibility rules.

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