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The American Lawyer’sCorporate Scorecard tracks the transactional practices of leading law firms. Corporate finance is a series of subspecialties, and our scorecard ranks firms within those areas. Unless otherwise noted, data includes only public, registered, underwritten offerings or deals transacted in 2004, including firmly underwritten rule 144a transactions, but not pure private placements or the filing of shelf registrations. Unless otherwise noted, only firms that are ranked by the number of issues or deals are ranked by value. Mergers And Acquisitions:Data includes deals announced in 2004 that are valued at $100 million or more and involve at least one U.S.-based company. Asset sales are not included unless the assets are an independent division. Counsel to principal are ranked by value of deals. Counsel to investment adviser are ranked by number of deals. Only firms in the rank-by-value column on the counsel to principal chart are ranked by number of deals. Private Equity/LBOs:Deals included involve at least one U.S.-based company. Withdrawn deals and deals where the value was not disclosed are not included. Only counsel to acquiror or investor are counted. Equities:Data includes worldwide issues by U.S. corporations, including secondaries, convertible bonds, and convertible and nonconvertible preferred stock. It excludes asset-backed securities. U.S. Equities by Foreign Corporations includes only the U.S. portion of offerings by foreign corporations. IPOs include offerings by U.S. and foreign corporations in the U.S. marketplace. Corporate Debt:Investment-grade debt includes securities with a Standard & Poor’s rating equal to or greater than BBB- and a Moody’s rating equal to or greater than Baa3, and split junk-rated securities. High-yield debt includes securities with an S&P rating equal to or less than BB+ and a Moody’s rating equal to or less than Ba1, but excludes split junk-rated securities. Securities not rated by both agencies are assumed to be high-yield. Both areas exclude certificates of deposit, general term notes, and issues by federal credit agencies, sovereigns, and national governments. Asset- and Mortgage-Backed Securities:Mortgage-backed securities include commercial and residential offerings. When multiple classes of securities are issued together with one legal adviser, offerings are counted as one. Separate legal advisers are credited with the separate securities they handled. Municipal Bonds:Data is based on long-term municipal new issues underwritten in 2004. Short-term, preliminary, and private placement issues are not included. Project Finance:Data is based on deals signed and funded in 2004. Includes only nonrecourse and limited recourse facilities. Law firms are credited for advising borrowers, concession awarders, commercial lenders, multilateral lenders, export credit agencies, guarantors, and divestors. REITS:Includes equities offered by real estate investment trusts. Mutual Funds:Data is based on new issues that list funds’ counsel or on counsel listed on the annual Statement of Additional Information. Data includes new funds and issues of new classes of shares. One or more classes added to an existing fund are counted as one new issue . Bankruptcy:The asset figures used to determine the largest bankruptcies are from the companies’ most recently filed annual reports prior to filing Chapter 11. Data Suppliers:Corporate Scorecard data comes from the follow- ing financial information suppliers. Charts reflect data from 2004 transactions. -BankruptcyData.com -Corporate Control Alert -Dealogic: dealogic.com -Lipper, a Reuters Company: lipperweb.com -Thomson Financial: thomson.com/league -Rosemarie Clancy, Chlo� Gladstone, and Katrina Rudmin with research assistance by Tom Broucksou and John O’Connor Back to main story

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