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WR ranked 2nd in the Nordic Region

January 2011

WR ranked 2nd in the Nordic Region in Merger Markets preliminary League tables for legal advisors 2010, based on value.

The ranking shows a strong transactions year for Wikborg Rein. Wikborg Rein is represented in the Merger Markets ranking with 27 transactions, valued at appr. MUSD 13,000.

Some of the most important transactions where WR has been involved in 2010 are assistance to Vale SA in connection with Norsk Hydro's acquisition of Vale's aluminum business and acquisition to Yara in connection with its contemplated cash merger with Terra Industries. In addition Wikborg Rein assisted in the recent acquisitions of Helly Hansen Pro by Montague Private Equity and Grand China Logistics partial acquisition of Offshore Heavy Transport.

In addition Wikborg Rein has assisted in connection with several large ECM transactions this year, including listing of Wilh Wilhelmsen ASA, redomiciliation of the Oslo Børs listed Stolt Nielsen S.A; the placement and share sales in STX OSV Holdings and corresponding IPO in Singapore, as well as the listing of Gjensidige ASA on Oslo Børs- the largest IPO in Norway in 2010.

Wikborg Rein is only beaten by Thommessen in the Merger Market ranking with 26 transactions valued at appr MUSD 15,000. Both firms are ahead of other Nordic and international competitors, reflecting a strong Norwegian M& A market compared to other Nordic countries this year. Other Norwegian law firms are ranked no 10 and 11 in terms of value. In terms of number of transactions in the Nordic market, Wikborg Rein is ranked no 6.

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