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Mannheimer Swartling number one transaction adviser in 2004

January 2005

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.

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