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May 10, 2005

Los Angeles — FocalPoint Partners has named Rajesh Sood as Managing Director in its Los Angeles office.

“Rajesh has served as the lead advisor in a wide range of successful financings, recapitalizations and merger & acquisition transactions aggregating several billion dollars in transaction value. He has an excellent track record and ability to get deals closed,” said FocalPoint Managing Director and Co-Founder, Nishen M. Radia. “His expertise will benefit our clients significantly.”

For the last 12 years, Mr. Sood has focused on the middle market, helping his clients raise both debt and equity capital and has structured, marketed and closed over $3 billion in senior, subordinated, preferred stock and common equity placements. His clients have included many leading private equity firms as well as corporate entities seeking to employ highly leveraged capital structures. On numerous occasions he worked on deals involving the commitment of private equity to facilitate transactions, occasionally on a principal basis.

Mr. Sood has also acquired significant experience advising management teams on merger and acquisition strategies. As a senior member of the Leveraged Finance and Corporate Finance team at Houlihan Lokey Howard & Zukin, Mr. Sood successfully closed numerous financing transactions. Prior to Houlihan Lokey, Mr. Sood worked in the Leverage Finance and Corporate Finance Group at NationsBanc Montgomery Securities, where he completed leveraged buyout, cross-border, high-yield and project finance transactions for a number of leading companies in the United States.

Mr. Sood has represented clients in a wide range of industries including automotive, manufacturing, business services, building products, textiles, engineering services and telecommunications.

FocalPoint Partners LLC is an independent investment bank, specializing in mergers and acquisitions, raising capital (both debt and equity) and financial restructurings. The firms’ primary focus is on middle-market companies headquartered in the United States, operating with revenues between $5 million and $250 million in a diverse range of industries. FocalPoint is managed by seasoned veterans with backgrounds in law, public accounting, senior lending, private equity and investment banking at leading national and international firms such as Merrill Lynch, Houlihan Lokey Howard & Zukin, GE Capital, Fleet Capital and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

FocalPoint Parters LLC
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