Legacy Hotels Real Estate Investment Trust

Legacy Hotels Real Estate Investment Trust

March 01, 2007 13:39 ET

Legacy Hotels Real Estate Investment Trust Board of Trustees Forms Special Committee

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - March 1, 2007) - Legacy Hotels Real Estate Investment Trust ("Legacy" or the "Trust")(TSX:LGY.UN) today announced that its Board of Trustees has formed a Special Committee (the "Committee") of five independent Trustees to advise the Board on strategic alternatives for the Trust. The Committee, comprised of Richard Kelleher, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Pyramid Advisors LLC, Richard Knowles, President and Chief Executive Officer of Sceptre Investment Counsel Limited, Robert Lord, former Chairman of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants, John O'Connor, counsel to Ogilvy Renault LLP, and Jonathan Wener, Chief Executive Officer of Canderel Management Inc., will evaluate strategic options for maximizing value for unit holders, which may include a sale of the Trust. Fairmont Hotels & Resorts Inc., Legacy's largest unit holder, is supportive of the process.

Legacy has retained Morgan Stanley and RBC Capital Markets as financial advisors to assist with this process. As well, Blake, Cassels & Graydon, LLP has been engaged as Legacy's legal advisors. Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP has been retained to provide legal advice to the Committee.

The Board of Trustees has not set any deadline for completing the review of its strategic options, and may ultimately determine that its current business plan is the best means to build and deliver unit holder value.

This news release contains forward-looking information related to, but not limited to, Legacy operations, anticipated financial performance, business prospects and strategies. Forward-looking information typically contains statements with words such as "anticipate", "believe", "expect", "plan" or similar words suggesting future outcomes. Such forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, which could cause actual results to differ materially from future results expressed, projected or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such factors include, but are not limited to economic, competitive and lodging industry conditions. Please refer to Legacy's Annual Information Form, dated March 20, 2006, which can be found on the Canadian Securities Administrators' System for Electronic Document Analysis and Retrieval ("SEDAR"), for a list of the risks inherent in the activities of the Trust. Legacy disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any such forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

About Legacy Hotels Real Estate Investment Trust

Legacy is the largest Canadian lodging real estate investment trust, focused on the ownership of luxury and first-class hotels. With a presence across Canada and in two top U.S. markets, Legacy's portfolio of 25 hotels provides geographical diversification across major urban centres. The portfolio includes landmark properties such as Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac, The Fairmont Royal York, The Fairmont Empress and The Fairmont Olympic Hotel, Seattle. Legacy units and convertible debentures trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbols LGY.UN and LGY.DB, respectively.

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