May 17, 2004Press Release

SNL Financial Ranks Michael Best Among Top Mergers & Acquisitions Firms Nationally

Milwaukee, WI - The 2004 edition of SNL Financial's Bank ranks local law firm, Michael Best & Friedrich LLP, 28th among the top 50 legal advisers for Whole-Institutions Acquisitions nationally, and 8th in the Midwest. The rankings are based on deal value, with Michael Best handling transactions totaling $340 million in 2003.

Michael Best is one of the Midwest's most prominent law firms, with an extensive mergers and acquisitions practice. Attorneys at Michael Best structure, negotiate and close mergers, acquisitions and divestitures for a full range of clients. In addition to traditional merger, asset and stock purchase transactions, we frequently assist clients in recapitalizations; management and non-management leveraged buyouts; reorganizations and other complex restructurings; asset purchases and sales; divestitures and spin-offs; joint ventures; and private equity investments.

Michael Best works with a broad range of clients on merger and acquisition transactions across many industries including manufacturing, health care, transportation and commodities.

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