BarnesMcInerney Inc.

BarnesMcInerney Inc.

January 10, 2005 06:00 ET

BarnesMcInerney Merger Creates Leading Capital Market Communications Firm


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JANUARY 10, 2005 - 06:00 ET

BarnesMcInerney Merger Creates Leading Capital Market
Communications Firm

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 10, 2005) - The Barnes
Organization Inc. and McInerney & Company today announced they are
merging to create BarnesMcInerney Inc., Canada's leading capital market
communications firm.

The Company offers fully integrated investor communications services to
public companies and the clients of major investment banks focused on
strategic investor relations, IPO and M&A roadshows and new media
solutions.

BarnesMcInerney has:

- A total of 31 years of combined capital market communications
experience;

- Served more than 450 publicly listed clients;

- Participated in raising over $40 billion in capital for clients and
investment banks;

- Assisted with 23 capital market transactions in 2004, valued at
approximately $5 billion;

- Contributed to clients winning awards for "Best Investor Relations For
An IPO" in three of four years since the award was created;

- Been retained by the Toronto Stock Exchange, London Stock Exchange and
American Stock Exchange for IR advisory work, and;

- Developed specialized IR services dedicated to income trusts.

The new firm will be led by Ken Barnes and Brian McInerney, both of whom
will be Managing Partners.

"Combining our operations increases both our efficiency and capacity to
better serve clients," said Mr. Barnes. "Today's CEOs understand that
investors will reward them for enhanced disclosure and better IR
communications. This is the expertise we provide."

"We have taken the IPO and M&A roadshow marketing process to a new
level," said Mr. McInerney. "In addition to delivering a compelling
investor communications program during the marketing of these deals, we
now have the capacity to build on this foundation through best practices
investor relations that will further improve share value for our
clients."

BarnesMcInerney serves clients on an integrated, full-service basis and
by fulfilling individual projects. The Company's clients represent all
major sectors, including mining, oil & gas, real estate,
telecommunications, financial services, power generation, entertainment,
technology and consumer goods.

About BarnesMcInerney Inc.

Based in Toronto, BarnesMcInerney Inc. is Canada's leading full-service
capital market communications consulting firm. The Company has three
fully integrated operating units that include Investor Relations,
Roadshow Marketing and New Media Solutions.

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Contact Information

  • FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
    BarnesMcInerney Inc.
    Ken Barnes
    Managing Partner
    (416) 367-5000 ext. 226
    or
    BarnesMcInerney Inc.
    Brian McInerney
    Managing Partner
    (416) 367-5000 ext. 241
    (416) 367-5390 (FAX)
    www.barnesmcinerney.com