Press Release January 04, 2006

Thomson Financial Ranks Goodwin Procter Among Top Target-Side Legal Advisors in U.S. M&A Deals

BOSTON, Jan. 4, 2006 — Thomson Financial has ranked Goodwin Procter LLP the 25th most active target-side legal advisor in mergers and acquisitions activity in the United States during the fourth quarter of 2005, based on number of deals. Thomson Financial provides information and technology solutions to the worldwide financial community.

Goodwin Procter's Mergers & Acquisitions/Corporate Governance Practice is comprised of attorneys who focus on helping companies plan, implement and execute their M&A and corporate governance objectives. The group's mission is to deliver effective and efficient solutions, while working proactively with clients to protect their interests.

The firm represents a diverse set of clients in this practice, including public and private companies, venture capital investment funds, investment banks, hedge funds and special board committees. Goodwin Procter's expertise extends over a broad array of M&A transactions, including mergers, tender offers, spin-offs, "going private" transactions, joint ventures and other strategic alliances.

Joseph L. Johnson III is chair of the firm's M&A/Corporate Governance Practice and can be contacted with any questions.