Ipreo to acquire CapitalBridge

Combination of Ipreo and CapitalBridge will deliver best-in-class market intelligence solutions to the global IR industry

New York – February 20, 2008 – Ipreo, the premier global provider of market intelligence and productivity software to corporations and investment banks, announced today that it has entered into an agreement with London-based Huntsworth Plc to acquire CapitalBridge, a leading global market intelligence, analytics and investor relations (“IR”) technology firm.

Led by a management team that helped develop the IR market intelligence sector, Ipreo is the fastest-growing IR services and solutions provider in the industry. CapitalBridge is a recognized leader in intelligence and analytics for public companies around the world. Both firms are known for their high-touch client service, premier data, and tailored investor relations solutions that include comprehensive shareholder analysis, investor targeting, perception research, special situation analytics, and data and relationship management platforms.

This acquisition brings together two of the strongest brands in the investor relations space. The new entity, which will operate under the Ipreo name, will offer clients unparalleled insights into the capital markets by virtue of its superior data sets, analytical tools, and unique, tailored approach to customer service. The combined organization will have a global presence with operations throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and South Africa.

“The combined talent and expertise of the Ipreo and CapitalBridge teams are unmatched in the marketplace,” said Scott Ganeles, CEO of Ipreo. “Clients of both firms will benefit from the integration of our teams and data, and the pure depth of resources now committed to research and service.”

“We share a service-oriented culture that makes the two firms a great fit,” said Chris Taylor, Managing Director of CapitalBridge. “This deal further strengthens our global coverage, the depth and breadth of our staff, and the sheer amount of talent we can apply to enhancing our solutions across the board. We’re excited to have the opportunity to bring such a powerful offering to the investor relations community.”

Following the transaction, Taylor will join Ipreo’s Executive Committee as head of the company’s global corporate business, reporting to Kevin Marcus, President & COO of Ipreo.

About Ipreo

Ipreo is a global leader in providing market intelligence, data, and technology solutions to all participants in the global capital markets, including sell-side banks, publicly traded companies, and buy-side institutions. By combining state-of-the-art new issuance systems with the premier global financial and investor data, Ipreo enables our capital markets clients to execute deals more efficiently, maximizing time and resources. Our applications include end-to-end bookbuilding systems, roadshow & conference management platforms, and electronic document delivery. Additionally, Ipreo’s suite of investor prospecting and CRM solutions offers the most accurate and comprehensive institutional contacts data and profiles in the industry. Ipreo is the only financial services provider to offer solutions across all asset classes for the Equity, Fixed Income, Municipal, and Syndicated Loan markets. Ipreo is a KKR portfolio company with nearly 700 employees supporting clients in every major financial center around the world. For more information, please go to www.ipreo.com.

About CapitalBridge

CapitalBridge is a leading global market intelligence, analytics and investor relations technology firm. CapitalBridge’s comprehensive offering includes stock surveillance, international shareholder identification & analysis, bondholder identification, perception research, investor targeting services, benchmarking tools, and online contact management & investor screening. With offices in the United States, London, Paris, Tokyo, Vienna, and Cape Town, CapitalBridge provides these services globally to investor relations professionals, investment banks and other third-party intermediaries. CapitalBridge is owned by communications group Huntsworth Plc ( www.huntsworth.com ). For more information, please visit www.cap-bridge.com.

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  • Kate McKay
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  • kate.mckay@ipreo.com