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Bullhound & GP Capital Merger

7th April 2005 -- Bullhound and GP Capital today announced a merger that will create a research and advisory house focused exclusively on the software and IT services sector.

The combined company will be named GP Bullhound Limited and will provide technology research, private placement and M&A advisory services to entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and institutional investors.

GP Bullhound provides technology entrepreneurs with a more effective way to access venture capital, enhance shareholder value and secure a successful exit. Furthermore, GP Bullhound provides investors and corporate buyers with unique access to the most interesting venture and public market investment opportunities in Europe and North America.

“Entrepreneurs and investors are looking for an advisor who has a true understanding of their market. Our singular focus on software and IT services make us a valuable partner” said Per Roman, co-Founder and CEO of Bullhound Ltd.

The entrepreneurial team has injected a breath of fresh air into the corporate finance sector and is poised to take advantage of improved valuations for technology companies which is driving both entrepreneurs and venture capitalists back into the market.

“To be effective as an advisor it is our belief that industry knowledge, access and transaction expertise are extremely important. The seniority and experience of the combined team provides a fantastic platform for further growth” said Hugh Campbell, co-Founder of GP Capital.

The merger will also see the appointment of a new Chairman. Martin Smith joins GP Bullhound with a 30 year career history dedicated to Investment Banking. Martin was a founder and Chairman of Phoenix Securities and following the sale of Phoenix Securities to Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, he became Chairman of their European Investment Banking Group. Current roles include Deputy Chairman of New Star Asset Management and being Chairman of English National Opera.

Martin Smith added: “I’m very excited to be joining such a dynamic company. GP Bullhound has shown they have great potential and I am looking forward to helping extend their presence in this niche area of investment banking.”

Current and future clients of GP Bullhound will benefit from access to:

** Software and IT services research with particular emphasis on communications, security, entertainment and new media
** Proven service in European venture-backed private placements
** Relationship and knowledge driven approach to technology M&A
** Valuable IT-focused CEO/CIO contacts and investor network in Europe and the USA
** Innovative industry events such as Investor Allstars and Media Momentum

In 2004 GP Bullhound completed 10 deals, 7 private placements and 3 M&A mandates. Already in 2005 the firm has completed two transactions.

Additional information on the deal and the management team can be found at

Publisher Contact Information:

GP Bullhound Limited
+44 207 529 5800

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