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5 Feb 2008

Special Situations Mergers & Acquisitions Launch

In response to client needs and evolving capital markets conditions, Duff & Phelps Corporation announced the formation of a Special Situations Mergers & Acquisitions practice.

This group formalizes Duff & Phelps' long-standing expertise advising middle market companies, lenders, and private equity sponsors on transactions occurring in challenging operating and financial environments.

According to Dow Jones, private equity fundraising designated specifically for distressed investments topped $48 billion in 2007, a 300% increase in funds raised over the previous year.

"Hedge funds, sponsors and institutions are amassing large pools of capital for distressed investing, and they are scouring the market for investment opportunities," said Russell Belinsky, Senior Managing Director of Restructuring and co-founder of Chanin Capital Partners, which was acquired by Duff & Phelps in November 2006.

"Meanwhile, the credit crunch is putting a strain on companies and their ability to borrow. As a result, some of these companies will look to sell underperforming operations or assets to raise capital. This puts our Special Situations M&A practice in an ideal position to leverage our relationships and find natural buyers for these assets."

The announcement of a Special Situations M&A practice formalizes an existing service offering of Duff & Phelps. The specific services offered include merger and acquisition advisory services in situations where the target company or its owner is significantly underperforming or experiencing financial distress, including out-of court divestitures and Chapter 11 Section 363 asset sales, and private capital raising for refinancing or recapitalization in times of financial distress.

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