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Stephen N. Case II
Managing Partner

Mr. Case, 33, joined Laird² as an Analyst in September 1999 and was named Managing Partner of the Firm in 2001.

His transactions in the Database Information Services sector include:

The sale of SDG Oil & Gas, a leading provider of strategic consulting services to the oil & gas industry, to IHS Inc., a global provider of information and decision-support tools and services to the energy, defense, aerospace, construction, electronics, and automotive industries;

The sale of Current Analysis West - the leading provider of competitive response data, tools and analysis to IT manufacturers, resellers, and buyers - by Current Analysis to The NPD Group, the leading provider of consumer and retail market research information for a wide range of industries;

The sale of SDG Life Sciences, a leading provider of strategic consulting services to the life sciences industry, to IMS Health, the leading global provider of pharmaceutical market intelligence;

The sale of ARBOR, Inc. Market Research & Consulting, a leading provider of brand health tracking and allied marketing research services in several industry verticals, to GfK AG, a global market research leader headquartered in Nuremberg, Germany;

The sale of the GHS, LLC, a leading provider of health risk assessment and health outcomes research to the health insurance industry, to National Research Corporation (NASDAQ: NRCI);

The sale of the database assets of Sheldon I. Dorenfest & Associates, Ltd., the premier source of sales and marketing information for healthcare information technology vendors, to HIMSS Analytics, the for-profit subsidiary of the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS);

The sale of ARS, Inc., the leading provider of worldwide competitive intelligence and channel analysis to IT manufacturers, resellers, and buyers, to Current Analysis, Inc.

The sale of the research assets of RHK, Inc. a leading provider of telecommunications research, advisory and consulting services, to UK-based Ovum Ltd.;

Consultation on the sale of ARBOR, Inc. Education and Training to ResCare, Inc.;

The purchase by National Research Corporation (NASDAQ: NRCI), the leader in healthcare performance measurement, of the patient-centered satisfaction business of Picker Institute;

The sale of the RADAR assets of Statistical Research, Inc. (“SRI”), a leader in media audience measurement, to Arbitron Inc. (NYSE: ARB); and the sale of SRI’s custom research assets to Knowledge Networks, Inc.; and

The financing of Luxury Link, the leading Internet marketing and e-merchant channel for luxury travel properties, by The Gannett Company/ (NYSE: GCI).

In addition, Steve works with a number of public and private companies in the Database Information Services sector in the capacity of value-creation consultant. He participates in functions associated with the Software and Information Industry Association, the Advertising Research Foundation, and the Direct Marketing Association.

Prior to joining Laird², Steve worked as a legal assistant in the Real Estate Practice Group of Thacher Proffitt and Wood, where he managed multi-million-dollar loan closings for several national commercial mortgage lenders, with responsibility for property due diligence, lease auditing, loan and securitization document preparation/custody management, and closing supervision.

During and immediately after his time at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Steve served as a divisional financial and information services manager for Sodexho USA, where he developed and implemented a database management system to support the division’s sales and accounting efforts. He was also a founding member and producer of Company Carolina, an independent, student-led theatre company serving the University and the surrounding Research Triangle community.

Steve graduated with honors from the College of Arts and Sciences of the University of North Carolina, receiving a BA (summa cum laude) in Economics. A Duke Power and William R. Davie Scholar and a member of Phi Beta Kappa, he is a native of South Carolina.

To discuss possible initiatives in complete confidence, interested parties may contact Mr. Case directly at (212) 590-2335 or by e-mail:

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