Press Release July 20, 2007

Goodwin Procter Ranked Among Top M&A Legal Advisors

BOSTON, July 20, 2007 — MergerMarket recently ranked Goodwin Procter the 17th most active legal advisor of announced M&A transactions in North America (by volume) for the first half of 2007. Up from 27th at year-end 2006, the firm continues to see an uptick in M&A activity and is busy handling deals in the REIT, financial services, technology, life sciences, private equity and hedge fund sectors. The league table is based on transactions in which a controlling stake in a company has been transferred between two different parties and must have a deal value greater than $5 million.

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. Joe Johnson serves as chair of Goodwin’s M&A/Corporate Governance Practice.

MergerMarket is a mergers and acquisitions intelligence service, which provides intelligence to the investment banking, legal, private equity, acquisition finance, public relation and corporate markets. The company has global reach with journalists on the ground across the Americas, Europe and Asia-Pacific focusing on gathering actionable proprietary intelligence to create the only origination database of live targets and bidders.

About Goodwin Procter
Goodwin Procter LLP is one of the nation’s leading law firms with more than 750 attorneys in offices in Boston, Los Angeles, New York, Palo Alto, San Diego, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. The firm’s core areas of practice are corporate, litigation and real estate, with specialized areas of focus that include financial services, private equity, technology, REITs and real estate capital markets, intellectual property and products liability.