WASHINGTON-April 14, 2004-Global Securities Information, Inc. announ…

WASHINGTON-April 14, 2004-Global Securities Information, Inc. announces the following legal counsels finished the first quarter of 2004 with the highest total transaction value of mergers and acquisitions. According to the rankings, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom’s 19 first quarter deals totaled over $19 billion, enough to top Sidley Austin Brown & Wood, whose 7 deals totaled almost $11 billion.

Legal Counsel Rankings for First Quarter of 2004
Ranked By Total Transactional Value

Rank Name of Legal Counsel No. of Transaction Value

1 Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom 19 $19,443,419,929
2 Sidley Austin Brown & Wood 7 $10,887,386,206
3 Kirkland & Ellis 10 $8,769,024,296
4 Weil Gotshal & Manges 5 $8,391,477,604
5 King & Spalding 3 $6,476,194,240
6 Sullivan & Cromwell 5 $6,198,005,790
7 Davis Polk & Wardwell 6 $5,304,036,435
8 Willkie Farr & Gallagher 7 $4,974,042,723
9 Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton 3 $4,456,353,068
10 Simpson Thacher & Bartlett 6 $4,239,970,793
11 Osler Hoskin & Harcourt 2 $3,736,599,103
12 Stikeman Elliott 1 $3,690,762,193
13 Shearman & Sterling LLP 6 $3,572,359,783
14 Cravath Swaine & Moore 5 $3,511,584,500
15 Pillsbury Winthrop LLP 3 $3,299,995,446
16 Tulchinsky Stern & Co 1 $3,271,446,475
17 Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft 2 $3,234,833,260
18 Jones Dayk 5 $2,623,789,380
19 Debevoise & Plimpton 2 $2,506,781,675
20 Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati 11 $2,373,874,128
21 Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer 2 $2,114,976,900
22 Hengler Mueller Weitzel Wirtz 1 $1,985,891,918
23 Vorys Sater Seymour & Pease 2 $1,545,000,000
24 Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker 2 $1,537,732,200
25 Latham & Watkins 10 $1,360,421,734

View these and other rankings on LIVEDGAR’s Mergers & Acquisitions Database. In addition to providing these rankings, Global Securities Information’s premier SEC research platform, LIVEDGAR, provides the actual source documents upon which the rankings are based.

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The set of transactions consists of all deals registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission that have completion dates that fall within the specified time period for this report and result in a change in control. The dollar amounts consist of estimated transaction values as disclosed by the filing party. All deals that have been registered with the SEC have been included, including international transactions. Only the lead advisor or counsel to the acquiring and target party is credited with the dollar value and count of each transaction, and each transaction is credited only once. While Global Securities Information has obtained the information from sources it believes to be reliable, we do not guarantee its accuracy, and such information may be incomplete or condensed.

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