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PINSENT MASONS SENIOR LAWYER JOINS IRS POLICY COMMITTEE

February 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Senior Pinsent Masons corporate lawyer, Robert Moir, has been appointed as the only lawyer to join the prestigious Policy Committee of the Investor Relations Society (IRS).

His appointment comes at a time when the Policy Committee has restructured to assist members more effectively in relation to the wealth of regulatory changes affecting Investor Relations Officers (IRO).

The Policy Committee of the IRS is chaired by Mark Hynes, PR Newswire's Managing Director of Investor Relations Services, and comprises members drawn from corporate broking, financial PR, registrars, accounting and auditing backgrounds.

On its radar are recent developments such as the Transparency Directive, repeal of the OFR, the Takeover Code amendments, the US Securities and Exchange Commission's consultation on ADR reporting, and the International Accounting Standards Board's consultation on management commentary standards.

'All of these changes in legislation will have a profound effect on the responsibilities of IROs,' said Mr Hynes. 'It is the goal of the Policy Committee to provide as much hands-on training and knowledge-building opportunities for our members as possible and our recent changes in structure will allow us to accomplish this more effectively.'

Robert Moir commented: 'It is a privilege to be asked to join the Policy Committee. The responsibilities of IROs are becoming increasingly complex as the level of regulation and harmonisation across Europe increases. It is vital for IROs and their companies to keep appraised of the changes and the Policy Committee has a key role to play in helping them achieve this.'

Robert is a senior corporate lawyer with considerable experience in a broad range of corporate and commercial transactions including mergers and acquisitions, takeovers, IPOs, joint ventures, reorganisations and procurement & outsourcing. This has involved acting for a wide range of corporates, investment banks and institutions in a variety of sectors. He joined Pinsent Masons from Allen & Overy in 2004.

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For further information, please contact:

Clare Turnbull, National Head of PR & Communications

Pinsent Masons, on: 0845 300 32 32

Email: clare.turnbull@pinsentmasons.com

www.pinsentmasons.com

Note to Editors:

Pinsent Masons is a full service commercial firm with over 260 partners, a total legal team of more than 900 and in excess of 1,500 staff in the UK and internationally. The firm ranks in the UK top 15 of law firms and is one of Europe's leaders. In the UK, the firm has offices in London, Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds and Manchester.

Internationally, Pinsent Masons has offices in Brussels, Dubai, Hong Kong and Shanghai, as well as strategic alliances with firms in Dubai, France, Germany, Spain, Holland, India, The Czech Republic, Slovakia, Eastern Europe, Scandinavia and the USA.

IRS

The IRS is the UK's professional body for Investor Relations practitioners (www.ir-soc.org.uk). The IRS's membership base comprises around 600 individuals working both for listed companies and their advisers, and includes the majority of FTSE 100 and FTSE 250, as well as a growing number of smaller listed companies and some located outside the UK.

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PINSENT MASONS ADVISES ISS ON ACQUISITION OF SUPERCLEAN

February 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

ISS UK, an international leading facility services company, has been advised by a team of corporate lawyers from Pinsent Masons on its acquisition of Superclean Support Services Holding Ltd, the Wembley based cleaning services group, from Invex Capital Partners.

Superclean provides cleaning and associated support services primarily to the educational and public sector markets.

Just last year the team from Pinsent Masons advised ISS UK Ltd on a succession of deals which included the acquisition of Chenies Landscapes and of Mitchell & Struthers to expand the ISS Waterers landscaping business. Prior to this the team also advised on the acquisition of London based MJ Building Services Group, a manufacturing and engineering business, and the acquisition of Eaton Fine Dining to boost the ISS catering division and the acquisition of Coflex, the leading provider of independent facilities management.

The Pinsent Masons team was led by corporate partner Joanne Ellis assisted by Edward Stead.

Commenting Joanne Ellis said:

?We are very pleased to have once again worked with ISS and to enable them to realise their aim of being a fully integrated facility services business.'

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For further information, please contact

Elle Hill, PR and Communications, Pinsent Masons

DDL: 020 7418 7087

Mobile: 07748 321 769

Email: elle.hill@pinsentmasons.com

Notes to Editors:

Pinsent Masons is the new force in the UK and international legal market which came into being on 6 December 2004 as a result of the merger between two complementary, strongly client and sector facing businesses ? Pinsents and Masons.

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REED SMITH ADVISES ?BEST IN CLASS? HEALTHCARE CONSORTIUM ON ?15M FINANCING

February 2005. Press Releases by Reed Smith Richards Butler LLP (view listing).

International law firm Reed Smith LLP (Reed Smith) today announced its role in representing Nations Healthcare in its ?15M financing with Nomura Private Equity Group.

Edward Miller, Business and Regulatory Partner at Reed Smith?s London office commented:

?We were privileged to have this opportunity to work with Nations Healthcare in securing financing for Nations? ongoing work in delivering world class innovation to UK healthcare. Nations? transatlantic structure required expertise drawn from our finance, taxation, corporate and healthcare teams on both sides of the Atlantic.?

David Porter, Head of Private Equity for Nomura International said of Nations Healthcare:

?This is a best-in-class consortium whose participants are some of the world?s leading healthcare services providers. It meets our investment criteria exactly: we look for companies with exceptional management teams, proven business models, first class clinical teams and services that address unmet medical needs. We are naturally pleased to be associated with Nations Healthcare and their centres, which promise to make a significant difference to day case and outpatient waiting lists.?

Reed Smith?s transatlantic team was led by Miller in the UK and Steve Johnson in the US who worked with Doug Rofe, Jennifer O?Brien, Sakil Suleman, Joel Dennison and others.

Shearman & Sterling represented Nomura.

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REED SMITH WINS ADDITIONAL REAL ESTATE WORK FROM DAILY MAIL AND GENERAL TRUST PLC (DMGT)

February 2005. Press Releases by Reed Smith Richards Butler LLP (view listing).

International law firm Reed Smith LLP is delighted to announce that the UK Real Estate team has been successful in securing the property portfolio work for the Harmsworth and Mail Newspapers? Pension Schemes of the Daily Mail and General Trust plc (DMGT). The appointment followed a comprehensive and competitive tender process. The work was previously handled by Herbert Smith.

Reed Smith has a long-standing relationship with DMGT having acted as one of their main property law advisors for the past eight years. Reed Smith places particular emphasis on client relationships in order to ensure that a responsive, personal service, tailored to the issues affecting the client is provided at all times. The win of this extra work represents an excellent example of this ethos.

Lawrence Radley, Head of the London Real Estate practice commented:

?We are delighted to be chosen as legal advisors to the Harmsworth Pooled Property Unit Trust. The appointment not only demonstrates the strength of our relationship with DMGT, but also the quality and breadth of our full service real estate team here in London.?

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PINSENT MASONS ADVISES ON PHASE EIGHT MBO

February 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Retail lawyers from Pinsent Masons have advised on the ?27m management buy out of Phase Eight, the retailer of stylish contemporary women?s clothes, shoes and accessories.

The deal which was finalised on Friday (28th) evening was backed by Barclays Private Equity who, as part of the deal, will take a 72 per cent stake, with management taking the remaining 28 per cent.

The buy out of Phase Eight, led by Chief Executive Joy Walters who joined the business in 2002, will be chaired by former New Look Chief Executive, Stephen Sunnucks.

Phase Eight was founded in 1979 and now trade 90 outlets throughout the UK. Turnover forecast for the year to January 2005 is ?30m, generating operating profits of ?3.6m.

The Management team were advised by a team of retail lawyers at Pinsent Masons following a competitive tender for the work. The team included Private Equity partners Paul Harkin and Jo Ellis assisted by Jonathan Snade.

This deal follows hot on the heels of Pinsent Masons? retail group advising the management team on the buy-in of MkOne backed by Baugur in December. Prior to this the team advised the major debt provider behind Baugur's acquisition of fashion chains Karen Millen and Whistles last summer.

Commenting Paul Harkin from Pinsent Masons said:

?We are delighted to have been involved in yet another high profile retail transaction. We enjoyed working with Joy and her team at Phase Eight. All parties are very pleased with the outcome of the transaction which leaves Phase Eight well positioned for the next stage of its growth.?

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For further information, please contact

Elle Hill, PR and Communications, Pinsent Masons

DDL: 020 7418 7087, Mobile: 07748 321 769

Email: elle.hill@pinsentmasons.com

NOTES TO EDITOR

Pinsent Masons is a leading corporate law firm focused on sector-driven development in the UK

and internationally. The retail sector is key among its chosen industry sectors and the team of over 30 lawyers are committed to understanding the issues that impact on clients in the sector. The team act for many high street retailers and provide advice on all aspects of law affecting the sector including joint ventures, employment and competition issues, regulatory matters, acquisitions, property and supply chain management. Pinsent Masons is also an active member of the British Retail Consortium.

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PINSENT MASONS ADVISES IP2IPO ON KEY ACQUISITION

January 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

University technology IP specialists, IP2IPO Group plc, have been advised by the London office of Pinsent Masons on a ?16.1 million strategic acquisition which extends their relationship with some of the country's leading research establishments.

IP2IPO has acquired Techtran Group Limited, a company set up to commercialise university intellectual property. Techtran's primary client is the University of Leeds, a UK top ten research institution. Under its long-term contract with the University, Techtran provides technology transfer services in return for significant technology licences that are negotiated.

The University of Leeds relationship is highly complementary to IP2IPO's existing partnerships with the Universities of Oxford, Southampton, York and King's College London.

IP2IPO's strategy is to partner with the UK's top research-led universities and the University of Leeds not only has a strong reputation for the quality of its research but is one of the top 10 universities in the UK by research income.

The Pinsent Masons' team advising IP2IPO was led by corporate partner, Russell Booker, who was assisted by Dominic Travers (corporate) and Stephen Lane (tax).

The vendors, including Axiomlab Group PLC, were advised by corporate partner Ian Gilbert from Walker Morris (Leeds).

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For further information, please contact:

Clare Turnbull, National Head of PR & Communications

Pinsent Masons, on: 0845 300 32 32 or 07884 110173.

Notes to Editors:

Pinsent Masons is a full service commercial firm with 240 partners, a total legal team of more than 900 and in excess of 1,500 staff in the UK and internationally. The firm ranks in the UK top 15 of law firms and is one of Europe's leaders. In the UK, the firm has offices in London, Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds and Manchester.

Internationally, Pinsent Masons has offices in Brussels, Dubai, Hong Kong and Shanghai, as well as a series of strategic joint ventures and alliances in Denmark, Dubai, Estonia, France, Germany, India, Poland, Sweden, Spain and the USA.

IP2IPO is an intellectual property (IP) company that specialises in commercialising university technology. The Company was founded in 2001 and listed on AIM in October 2003. IP2IPO has long-term partnerships with the University of Oxford, the University of Southampton, King's College London and the Centre for Novel Agricultural Products, based at the University of York. In June 2004 IP2IPO acquired Top Technology Ventures Limited, an investment adviser to early stage technology funds. This combines IP2IPO's expertise in the creation of new ventures based on world leading university IP with Top Technology's focus on making early stage venture capital investments.

The University of Leeds was rated as one of the UK's top ten universities for research in the most recent national Research Assessment Exercise. It has an annual turnover of some ?340 million and in 2003 had total research income of more than ?100 million. It has been a pioneer of intellectual property commercialisation in the UK and was the first UK university to set up a dedicated technology transfer function. One of the University's most successful spin-out companies has been GMAP, which developed geographical modelling software to identify patterns in customer behaviour.

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Pinsent Masons closes major outsourcing for the

January 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

International law firm Pinsent Masons announced that it has completed a major outsourcing agreement on behalf of Bank of Ireland with Accenture.

The outsourcing agreement with Accenture is part of Bank of Ireland?s Strategic Transformation Programme. Under the new seven year agreement, Accenture will be supplying training and purchasing services to the bank, predicted to result in savings of more than ?20 million per annum. The agreement also involves the delivery of long-term scaleable efficiencies to meet Bank of Ireland?s ongoing organisational growth.

Partner Angela Cha led the Pinsent Masons team, supported by Belinda Bell, David Cole and Michael Harvey. Approximately 180 Bank of Ireland employees will be impacted by this agreement, and will either be retained within the training and purchasing areas, transfer to Accenture, be redeployed within Bank of Ireland or have an option for voluntary redundancy.

Angela Cha, who also advised the Bank of Ireland on its earlier outsourcing of its IT infrastructure and networks to HP and BT commented, ?outsourcing in the financial services sector continues to grow. This latest outsourcing agreement is flexible and future focussed. The Bank of Ireland is a dynamic and growing organisation where suppliers need to work with them to meet changing business needs.?

Brian Goggin, Chief Executive, Bank of Ireland Group said: 'The agreement with Accenture for the supply of training and purchasing services is a further significant step in our strategy to transform Bank of Ireland Group. It ensures that we source these services from a quality supplier, with proven global expertise and at the most efficient cost for the Group.'

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Notes to Editors:

Pinsent Masons is a full service commercial law firm with 260 partners, a total legal team of more than 900 and in excess of 1,500 staff in the UK and internationally. The firm ranks in the UK top 15 of law firms and is one of Europe's leaders. In the UK, the firm has offices in London, Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds and Manchester.

The firm is one of the most highly regarded law firms specialising in technology, telecoms, outsourcing and information law.

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VISLINK ADVISED BY PINSENT MASONS ON PLACING AND STRATEGIC ACQUISITION

January 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

One of the leading suppliers of microwave radio and satellite transmission products for broadcast, Vislink plc, has been advised by a corporate team from law firm Pinsent Masons on a strategic acquisition and related fundraising.

Vislink is proposing to acquire Link Research Limited, a leading provider of digital wireless camera systems for broadcast and broadcast sports markets, for a maximum consideration of ?10.75 million. At the same time the company is raising ?4.6 million by way of a placing and open offer of 20,414,569 new ordinary shares at 22.75 pence per share.

Ian Scott-Gall, Vislink's Chief Executive, commented: 'The integration of Link's wireless camera systems with Vislink's product offering and the development and introduction of high definition wireless camera systems are expected to provide Link with opportunities for further growth.'

Through the acquisition, which enhances Vislink's broadcast product portfolio, the company will gain the intellectual property rights for the application of technologies used extensively throughout Vislink's new generation of microwave radio links and satellite communications products. Vislink is also a supplier of CCTV systems to the marine security market.

The Pinsent Masons team advising Vislink is being led by corporate partners, Linda Crow and Gary Laitner, assisted by Mandy Kandohla, Nicole Kirkham and Jonathan Morris (corporate). Specialist advice is being provided by Andrew Mason (environment); Charlotte Underwood (property); Ruth Packwood (banking); Maxwell Creighton (tax), Charles Rae (employment) and Paul McClenaghan (commercial). Vislink is being advised on the Irish aspects of the transaction by Therese Rochford and Susan O'Reilly of Whitney Moore and Keller.

Link is being advised Jenny Batchelor of Batchelor & Myddelton.

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For further information, please contact:

Clare Turnbull, Head of PR & Communications

Pinsent Masons, on: 0845 300 32 32 / mob: 07884 110173

Note to Editors:

Pinsent Masons:

Pinsent Masons is a UK top 15 law firm, created by the merger in December 2004, of Pinsents and Masons. The merger, among the largest in the UK legal market in recent times, has created a 240 partner firm, with a legal team of more than 900 and total staff in excess of 1,500.

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PINSENT MASONS EXPANDS PENSIONS TEAM

January 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

The pensions team of Pinsent Masons has been expanded with the appointment of two lawyers to its leading London team.

Raj Sharma joins from Slaughter and May and brings with him eight years experience in pensions advisory work. He joins as an associate. His expertise spans across all areas of pensions-related issues including dealing with pensions aspects of corporate transactions, scheme mergers, setting up new schemes and schemes in wind-up in addition to providing trustee training. He also has particular expertise on investment-related issues and is recommended as a pensions specialist in Chambers and Partners UK Guide.

Kate Wild joins as an assistant from Eversheds LLP where she specialised in non-contentious pensions advisory work for employers and trustees of private sector schemes. She also brings considerable knowledge of the Electricity Supply Pension Scheme to the team. Her experience includes drafting scheme documentation and member communications; advising on scheme alterations, the impact of legislative and regulatory changes and the pension aspects of corporate transactions. Kate also has particular trustee training expertise and it is hoped she will help expand the team's training offering in light of the new 'TKU' (Trustee Knowledge and Understanding) requirements of the Pensions Act 2004.

The expansion to the London team follows hot on the heels of the significant boost received to the pensions team in the north of England as a result of the firm?s merger in December 2004. Legacy Masons partner Patrick Kennedy leads a team of 8 lawyers who joined Pinsents' existing pensions group of 34 to make one of the largest dedicated pensions team in the UK.

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Commenting on the two new appointments, Christopher Berkeley, National Head of Pensions, said:

?We are delighted that Raj and Kate have joined us. They are excellent pensions lawyers with a depth of pensions experience. The team at Pinsent Masons continues to enjoy rapid growth and provide quality pensions advice whilst meeting increased client demand. This recent expansion once again reinforces our pre-eminent pensions practice.'

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For further information, please contact

Elle Hill, PR and Communications, Pinsent Masons

DDL: 020 7418 7087

Mobile: 07748 321 769

Email: elle.hill@pinsentmasons.com

Notes to Editors:

1) The pensions team at Pinsent Masons comprise 42 pensions lawyers and dedicated independent trustee advisers, making it one of the largest specialised pensions teams throughout the UK. The pensions work of the team centres around four core strands: providing trustee support, commercial pensions support, advising public sector & PFI pension schemes and serving as independent trustees. Most recently the team has acted for pensioners of the KPMG staff pension fund and for the trustees of the Dexion pension scheme.

2) Pinsent Masons is the new force in the UK and international legal market which came into being on 6 December 2004 as a result of the merger between two complementary, strongly client and sector facing businesses ? Pinsents and Masons.

3) Pinsent Masons aims to be a leading sectoral law firm and achieve a leading position in each of the eight chosen markets which comprise: Energy and Utilities, Financial Services and Insurance, Government, Infrastructure & Construction, Manufacturing & Engineering, Real Estate, Services and Technology.

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BANKING TEAM COMPLETES TRIO

January 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

The London banking team at Pinsent Masons has completed a trio of significant transactions in just three weeks, two of which involve new clients to the firm and one a new instruction from an established national client.

The first of the trio completed Christmas Eve and involved new client, Via Capital Limited, in its capacity as arranger of a ?40m secured loan facility to finance a pool of 'cash release' mortgages originated by Surrenda-link Mortgage Holdings Limited. Surrenda-link Mortgage Holdings Limited entered the European mortgage business with an innovative cash release mortgage product that will initially be launched in Spain to non-resident owners of residential property. Martin Bishop, head of the London banking team led the deal.

On New Years Eve the team completed the second in the trio, advising Westcity Whitelands Limited on their ?26.6m loan from Barclays to fund their Whitelands College housing project in Putney, South West London. Westcity, a new client to Pinsent Masons, will convert a Grade II listed building which was part of the University of Surrey into modern 2/3 bedroom flats, scheduled to complete at the end of 2006. Banking partner William Oliver led the deal.

Westcity Whitelands? Finance Director Mike Tannenbaum said: 'I was very impressed by both William Oliver's and Pinsent Masons' performance, particularly with the New Year's Eve completion being met without any problems. We hope to develop our relationship further with Pinsent Masons in the future'.

Most recently the team advised The Royal Bank of Scotland plc in relation to its provision of ?11.5 million of senior debt facilities to the management buyout vehicle of the restaurant operator, The Gaucho Grill from the Lewis family for ?23.5 million. Gaucho Grill has seven restaurants in the UK, one in Amsterdam and a franchise business in the Middle East. The business also owns Destino, a restaurant bar and nightclub in London. Barclays Private Equity took a 47% stake in the business with the remainder held by management. Banking partner Judith O?Shea led the deal.

Peter Brown who led the deal for The Royal Bank of Scotland Corporate and Structured Finance team in London said: ?The Pinsent Masons team did a great job in supporting the Bank through a relatively complex deal structure. We were delighted to successfully conclude the transaction and look forward to working with the management team and BPE in the next stage of Gaucho?s development.?

Martin Bishop, head of the London banking team said: ?It is pleasing to see the London team complete these three deals, all on tight timetables. It shows we not only have the breadth of experience to handle a range of different banking transactions within different sectors, but also the depth in the team to have them run simultaneously.?

The London banking team of Pinsent Masons comprise three partners and seven fee earners. Pinsent Masons has invested heavily in the London team over the past two years by recruiting partners Martin Bishop from Slaughter & May to head up the team, William Oliver from Jones Day and Judith O?Shea from Hammonds. Since their arrival the London team has received its first instructions from HSBC, Lloyds and RBS whilst continuing to act for Barclays, NIB Capital Bank and Nedbank Ltd.

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For further information, please contact:

Elle Hill, PR and Communications, Pinsent Masons

DDL: 020 7418 7087, mobile: 07748 321 769

Email: elle.hill@pinsentmasons.com

Notes to Editors:

1) Pinsent Masons is the new force in the UK and international legal market which came into being on 6 December 2004 as a result of the merger between two complementary, strongly client and sector facing businesses ? Pinsents and Masons.

2) Pinsent Masons aims to be a leading sectoral law firm and achieve a leading position in each of the eight chosen markets which comprise; Energy and Utilities, Financial Services and Insurance, Government, Infrastructure & Construction, Manufacturing & Engineering, Real Estate, Services and Technology.

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Mannheimer Swartling number one transaction adviser in 2004

January 2005. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Firm tops mergermarket's ranking list of premier law firms in the Nordic region

Mannheimer Swartling was adviser in 59 transactions in the Nordic market in 2004. The aggregate value of those transactions was just over 7.1 billion euro. Mannheimer Swartling was also rated adviser in the greatest number of Nordic transactions during the same period by Thomson Financial.

The firm advised in 51 transactions in 2003, which was the second-highest figure in the Nordic region.

'We have had a good year. The firm has been involved in numerous major and important deals in the Nordic region during the period and we have further consolidated our position as leading adviser,' says Jan Kansmark, Mannheimer Swartling's Managing Partner. 'The prospects for 2005 are also good. There is a positive trend in the market and we expect to see a rise in the number of transactions.'

Some of the key transactions in which Mannheimer Swartling advised in 2004 were:

? F?reningsSparbanken's sale of FIH Erhvervsbank to Kaupthing B?nadarbanki

? The acquisition by Dutch transport and logistics group TPG of the Swedish company Wilson Logistic AB

? The takeover bid for the shares in VLT AB

? The combination of OMX and the Copenhagen Stock Exchange

? The Tornet real estate company's sale of its Malmstaden subsidiary

? Nordea's sale of properties in Finland, Norway and Sweden

About mergermarket

mergermarket is a UK-based mergers and acquisitions intelligence tool, covering Europe and North America, that provides origination intelligence, a series of deal databases and individual and house league tables.

For further information:

Jan Kansmark, Managing Partner, tel: +46 709 777809 or e-mail: jka@msa.se

Elisabeth Nygren, mergermarket, tel: +44 (0) 7876 273312 or e-mail: elisabeth.nygren@mergermarket.com

You are also welcome to visit our website at www.mannheimerswartling.se!

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PINSENT MASONS APPOINTS PARTNER TO DRIVE FINANCIAL REGULATORY PRACTICE FORWARD

January 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Pinsent Masons has appointed Al-Harith Sinclair to bolster the firm's financial regulatory capability in London and nationally. The appointment comes at a time when financial regulation continues to sweep the UK and the demand for comprehensive and accessible regulatory advice surges.

Al-Harith joins from Cleary Gottlieb where he headed up their UK financial regulatory practice. He joined Pinsent Masons City office on 4 January as a partner with 6 years' financial regulatory experience. During his time at Cleary Gottlieb Al-Harith both created and led the firm's UK financial regulatory practice advising corporate, banking, investment, insurance and outsourcing clients on all aspects of UK and EU financial regulation affecting their businesses.

At Cleary Gottlieb, Al-Harith advised Euronext on all of the UK regulatory aspects of the merger between the London Clearing House and Euronext?s then majority owned subsidiary, Clearnet; Credit Lyonnais on the UK regulatory aspects of its merger with Credit Agricole and continuingly advised a significant number of key clients on the FSA?s developing approach to outsourcing by FSA regulated institutions. He also advised on the setting up, authorisation, and ongoing compliance of FSA regulated institutions.

Prior to his appointment at Cleary Gottlieb, Al-Harith Sinclair worked as a financial regulatory specialist at Clifford Chance for four years covering the regulatory aspects of key new developments affecting the financial services industry, such as European Monetary Union and e-financial services. During Al-Harith?s time at Clifford Chance, he was also seconded to the European Securities Forum for ten months where he assisted the world?s leading investment banks in making the case for centralised clearing and settlement of exchange traded shares in Europe.

Pinsent Masons? financial services regulatory core team comprises five partners. The firm plans to expand the team further within the next 12 months.

The financial services regulatory team forms part of the firm's Financial Services and Insurance chosen market comprising over 70 lawyers who are recognised experts in banking, insurance, investment houses, pensions and private equity.

Commenting Al-Harith Sinclair said:

'It is a pleasure to join a firm with such wide-ranging involvement in financial services and I look forward to the challenges of assisting the firm?s clients to achieve their goals. The Financial Services Authority?s burgeoning output of domestic and EU driven regulations makes it necessary for clients to rely on a dedicated team of lawyers to monitor and advise on the impacts of financial regulations. Pinsent Masons? experienced financial regulatory team is ideally placed to satisfy this need for dedicated financial regulatory advice.'

Chris Mullen, joint head of the Financial Services and Insurance chosen market at Pinsent Masons said:

'Al's expertise in regulatory issues, particularly compliance issues for banks and large financial institutions, will complement the work of our existing teams in banking, insurance, private equity and pensions. The financial services and insurance sector represents over 20% of Pinsent Masons' client base and servicing the regulatory needs of these key clients is one of our paramount concerns.'

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For further information, please contact

Elle Hill, PR and Communications, Pinsent Masons

DL: 020 7418 7087

M: 07748 321769

E: elle.hill@pinsentsmasons.com

Notes to Editors:

1) The Financial Regulatory team at Pinsent Masons comprises five partners: Jeremy Philips, Andrew Long, Chris Fitton, Martin Webster and Al Sinclair.

2) Pinsent Masons is the new force in the UK and international legal market which came into being on 6 December 2004 as a result of the merger between two complimentary, strongly client and sector facing businesses ? Pinsents and Masons.

3) Pinsent Masons aims to be a leading sectoral law firm and achieve a leading position in each of the eight chosen markets which comprise; Energy and Utilities, Financial Services and Insurance, Government, Infrastructure & Construction, Manufacturing & Engineering, Real Estate, Services and Technology.

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OBE at Carey Olsen

January 2005. Press Releases by Carey Olsen (view listing).

OBE Awarded to John Langlois

4 January 2005

John Langlois, a consultant at Carey Olsen and a former senior partner of Carey Langlois (now Carey Olsen), has been awarded an OBE in the New Year Honours List.

The recognition is for his services to the Island of Guernsey and for his extensive charitable work dating back to 1969.

Advocate Langlois was called to the Guernsey Bar in 1971 when he set up his own legal practice.

The practice subsequently became Carey Langlois at which he was senior partner until the firm merged to become Carey Olsen.

In 1980 he became a Deputy in the States of Guernsey and subsequently held the position of President of a number of committees including Horticulture, Civil Defence, Housing and the Island Development Committee, retiring from politics in 2004.

John has remained a consultant to Carey Olsen, where he specialises in trust and corporate law and captive insurance.

Commenting on his award he said that he is surprised and delighted at the news. ?In accepting it, I am very conscious of the debt of gratitude that I owe to so many people who have enabled me to do what I have done in the island during the past 33 years?. He especially mentioned his wife Pat and sons Mark and Paul and his fellow partners at the law firm.

The partners and staff at Carey Olsen are all delighted for John for an award richly deserved.

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PINSENT MASONS BANKING TEAM ADVISE ON VIA CAPITAL DEAL

January 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

The London banking team of Pinsent Masons has advised a new client, Via Capital Limited, in its capacity as arranger of a ?40m secured loan facility to finance a pool of 'cash release' mortgages originated by Surrenda-link Mortgage Holdings Limited. Surrenda-link Mortgage Holdings Limited has entered the European mortgage business with an innovative cash release mortgage product that will initially be launched in Spain to non-resident owners of residential property.

This is the first time that Pinsent Masons has acted for Via Capital Limited. Via Capital Limited is the investment banking subsidiary of Aareal Bank AG, one of Germany?s leading international property banks. Via Capital Limited has been established to provide mortgage and fund advisory services to its predominately European client base.

The banking team at Pinsent Masons comprised London?s Head of Banking, Martin Bishop (partner), Kate Myles (associate) and Anna Best (associate). Together the team worked closely with Via Capital director Rupinder Sehmi and manager Kristin Steinberg. Pinsent Masons worked with Luther Menold of Frankfurt who are members of the EY Law network. Sven Brandt and his team at Luther Menold advised on the European aspects of the deal.

Martin Bishop from Pinsent Masons said:

?It has been a pleasure working with Via Capital for the first time. The transaction involved a tight pre-Christmas deadline, which I am proud to say was successfully met, with complex cross-jurisdictional issues, all of which resulted in the financing of a new and innovative product brought to the market by Surrenda-link.?

Rupinder Sehmi from Via Capital Limited said:

'Via Capital has the objective of providing our clients with focused capital and funding solutions that concurrently meet capital market investor requirements. Our role as advisor to the innovative mortgage originator, Surrenda-link Mortgage Holdings Limited, proved Via Capital's strength in matching originator and investor objectives, whilst demonstrating our ability to structure and execute complex cross boarder real-estate transactions.'

Blake Lapthorn Linnell advised Surrenda-link Mortgage Holdings Limited.

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BROADBAND COMPANY ADVISED BY PINSENT MASONS ON ?60 MILLION MERGER

January 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

A team of Midlands' advisers has helped Keele-based Synetrix Limited, a leading supplier of broadband services to the public sector, complete a ?60 million merger with the South East-based Equinox Converged Solutions.

Pinsent Masons and Catalyst Corporate Finance had been working with the shareholders for some time to help develop their strategic plans. Synetrix has grown rapidly to c?20 million turnover and ?4.5 million profit and wanted to identify a partner to help it take advantage of the Government?s drive to make the UK the world?s leading operator of broadband technology. One of its recent projects was to provide broadband access to all public sector organisations in the West Midlands.

Equinox operates in the same market, managing the whole of the broadband network supplying schools and other public sector businesses inside the M25 and has already attracted the backing of Apax Partners, one of the world?s leading investors in technology businesses.

The merger has created the UK?s leading independent provider of broadband solutions with a turnover of c?35 million, employing over 100 specialists across the UK. The combined business, which will trade under the Synetrix name, will be run by Synetrix? managing director, Alex Jadavji and chaired by the former CEO of Energis, Mike Grabiner.

Alex Jadavji commented: ?We are delighted to have cemented the relationship with Apax and Equinox and see this as the first stage of building a UK capability for delivering and managing broadband networks across the public sector. Clearly, with the pace of change increasing in this market it is imperative that access is gained for as many people as possible and the combined skills of the two businesses will ensure that the public sector takes the lead on this.?

The shareholders at Synetrix were advised by Andrew Hornigold, Technology Chosen Market Lead Partner at Pinsent Masons and Richard Sanders, Partner at Catalyst Corporate Finance.

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Clare Turnbull, Head of Communications,

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Pinsent Masons:

Pinsent Masons is a UK top 15 law firm, created by the merger on 6 December 2004, of Pinsents and Masons. The merger, among the largest in the UK legal market in recent times, has created a 240 partner firm, with a legal team of more than 900 and total staff in excess of 1,500.

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