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February 22, 2008

BGL Announces New Spanish Global M&A Partner

Brown Gibbons Lang & Company, the U.S. partner in Global M&A, is pleased to welcome Socios Financieros (“Socios”) as its Spanish partner.

Global M&A is the world’s leading partnership of independent middle market investment banking firms focusing on domestic and cross-border transactions valued between €10 million and €250 million. In 2007, over 400 professionals representing 45 countries closed more than 200 deals with an aggregate deal value exceeding €9 billion.

“Socios was our first choice to represent our organization in Spain,” said Michael Gibbons, chairman of Global M&A and senior managing director & principal, Brown Gibbons Lang & Company.

“The firm has an outstanding franchise with multinational companies and global private equity groups. We are delighted to welcome Socios to Global M&A and look forward to serving the Spanish business community in partnership with them.”

Founded in 1991, Socios Financieros is one of Spain’s longest established independent investment banking firms. They have been recognized for innovation and creativity in a variety of significant and cross-border complex transactions. These include the first ever public to private transaction in Spain (Advent International 2003); the first ever successful contested takeover by a Spanish company abroad (Deep-Sea Leisure Plc 2001); the first ever reverse takeover of a public company subject to Spain’s creditor protection legislation (Grupo Fosforera 2001); the first ever large scale sale and lease back transaction (Accor 2000).

Nicholas Walker, joint managing partner of Socios Financieros said, “In an age where Spain has become the third most active overseas investor amongst EEC members, and with growing interest in developing countries in Central Europe and Asia as well as the U.S. in particular at this time, there is a compelling case for us to join the Global M&A alliance which has exceptional strength in these and other key geographies.”

About Brown Gibbons Lang & Company

Brown Gibbons Lang & Company is a leading independent investment bank serving middle market companies and their owners throughout the U.S. and internationally. BGL’s professionals are experts in mergers & acquisitions, debt & equity placements, and financial restructurings. BGL is the U.S. partner in Global M&A, the world’s leading partnership of independent middle market financial advisory firms focusing on cross-border transactions.

About Socios Financieros

Socios Financieros is an independent corporate advisory firm providing high level, high value-added advisory services for mergers, acquisitions and disposals of private and publicly quoted companies, within Spain and internationally. Socios also advises on capital and debt raising, corporate restructurings, MBO’s and MBI’s as well as providing fairness opinions and other financial advisory services. Our clients range from multinational companies, to private equity firms, management teams, entrepreneurs and family companies.

About Global M&A

Global M&A is an exclusive partnership of many of the world’s most successful independent M&A advisory firms focused on the middle-market. Within Global M&A, 37 partner firms work closely together to deliver seamless advice to clients’ local and cross-border deals in as many countries across Europe, the Nordic Region, North and South America and the Mid and Far East.