SOURCE: LockeBridge, LLC

December 19, 2006 13:53 ET

Scott Waxler, LockeBridge Managing Partner, Wins "Deal Maker of the Year" at the Investment Banking Industry's 5th Annual M&A Advisor Awards

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- December 19, 2006 -- Honoring the Best of the Best in the Investment Banking Industry, the Fifth Annual M&A Advisor Awards Dinner was held Monday night at the New York Athletic Club in Midtown Manhattan. The gala, black-tie dinner was hosted by The M&A Advisor and Becky Quick, co-anchor of CNBC's morning "Squawk Box" business news show.

LockeBridge, LLC and Scott Waxler, Managing Partner of LockeBridge, were nominated as finalists by a prestigious panel of judges in three different categories with Scott Waxler being awarded the Deal Maker of the Year for 2006.

                          Deal Maker of the Year
     Scott S. Waxler, President & Managing Partner, LockeBridge, LLC

                          Transaction of the Year
                              LockeBridge, LLC

                    Healthcare-Biotech Deal of the Year
                              LockeBridge, LLC
Judging criteria for The Deal Maker of the Year focuses on:
1. Importance and contribution of the individual to the transaction and the
2. Excellence in structuring, financing and negotiations
3. Creativity and perseverance in overcoming difficulties and/or
   extraordinary circumstances
Mr. Waxler comments, "I attribute our success to the unique Lockebridge model of offering extremely high level of representation to a client base that would not generally have access to such seasoned advisory services. Additionally LockeBridge will assume the financial risk of bringing the Client to market through our no engagement fee or retainer policy. It's a business model that is difficult to execute but has proven to be quite successful for us. In fact, I don't know of any other firm in the country that can offer top tier advisory services while not charging any engagement fees."

In an email to Mr. Waxler, Mr. Barry Kaplan, Managing Editor and Chair of the Awards Nominations Committee commented, "We want you to know that the competition is intense, and so is the job of selecting finalists and winners. It is heartening and an inspiration to the entire middle market mergers and acquisitions community to see the astonishing variety of creative deal-making, persistence, and professionalism .Your dedication and hard work are admired and applauded by your peers -- and, most importantly, your clients -- and we appreciate the opportunity you've given us to share them and shine a well-deserved spotlight on you and your firm."

About LockeBridge

LockeBridge is a Boston-based investment banking advisory firm offering a high level of domestic and international expertise to owners of middle market companies. LockeBridge's transaction experience includes expert representation in the sale, merger and acquisition of businesses to and for strategic buyers, financial partners, private investment groups, and publicly traded companies from around the world.

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