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Knox & Co. announces For-side Transaction


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Knox & Co. Represents For-side.com Co., Ltd in its acquisition of Vindigo, Inc.

Westport, CT, August 2, 2004 – Knox & Co., a leading investment banking firm on middle-market and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, today announced that it advised For-side.com Co. Ltd. ("For-side") in its acquisition. For-side closed on the purchase of substantially all the stock of Vindigo, Inc. ("Vindigo") on August 1, 2004. Vindigo is the leading publisher of consumer applications for mobile phones in the United States. Mitsubishi Securities (USA), Inc. and Knox & Co., jointly acted as exclusive financial advisor to For-side. Lead bankers on the transaction were Jeffrey Gaynor, Managing Director at Knox, and Yasushi Itagaki, Vice President and Manager at Mitsubishi Securities. Transaction value was $36,500,000. Previously, Mitsubishi Securities (USA) and Knox & Co., jointly acted as financial advisor to For-side in its acquisition of Zingy, Inc. on May 31, 2004. Zingy is the leading provider or ringtone applications for mobile phones in the United States.

Knox & Co. is an investment banking, consultancy and advisory firm specializing in two complementary advisory disciplines: Investment Banking and Corporate Reorganization. With its office in Westport, Connecticut, the firm undertakes assignments throughout North America and, when necessary, abroad. The firm enjoys a strategic alliance with Mitsubishi Securities Co., Ltd. (“MSC”), the core securities company in Mitsubishi Tokyo Financial Group (“MTFG”). Together, Knox and MSC have more than 80 M&A professionals capable of handling transactions around the globe together are the leading investment bank for middle-market, cross-border assignments involving a Japanese principal.

Knox & Co. (www.knoxandco.com) has advised on more than 100 middle-market merger and acquisition and advisory assignments since its inception, with in excess of $2 billion in transaction value. The firm’s principals have worked on cumulative transactions in excess of $15 billion.

 
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