Bird & Bird advises Eurofins Laboratories Limited on the acquisition of Lincolne Sutton & Wood Limited

11 January 2008

International law firm Bird & Bird has advised Eurofins Laboratories Limited, part of the Eurofins Group (“Eurofins”), on the acquisition of Lincolne Sutton & Wood Limited (“LSW”), a food and environmental testing company based in East Anglia. The acquisition, which was for an undisclosed amount, completed in December 2007.

The LSW acquisition is the second transaction on which Bird & Bird has recently been instructed by Eurofins. In June 2007, Bird & Bird advised Eurofins on the €50m business acquisition and outsourcing arrangements with Southern Water relating to the laboratory testing business of Southern Water Services Limited.

Angus Miln, a Senior European Consultant in the Corporate Group, headed the Bird & Bird team, assisted by corporate associate, Richard Catling.

Alice Mills, Finance Director, Eurofins UK and Ireland, said, “It was a pleasure to work with Bird & Bird again following the successful completion of the Southern Water transaction last year. As always, Angus and his team provided us with a first class service - they were pro-active throughout the transaction and quickly identified commercial solutions when problems arose. We look forward to working with Bird & Bird again in 2008.”

The shareholders of Lincolne Sutton & Wood Limited were advised by Mills & Reeve LLP (Mary Prentice).

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About Bird & Bird

Bird & Bird is a full service international commercial law firm with an in-depth knowledge of chosen industry sectors. We focus on aviation & aerospace, communications, banking & financial services, e-commerce, information technology, life sciences, media and sport.

With offices in Beijing, Brussels, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, The Hague, Hong Kong, London, Lyon, Madrid, Milan, Munich, Paris, Rome and Stockholm, we offer our clients local expertise within a global context, helping them to realise their business goals both domestically and internationally.

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About Eurofins Laboratories Limited

Eurofins Laboratories is a subsidiary of Eurofins Scientific SA. The Eurofins Group is a life sciences group that operates internationally to provide a comprehensive range of analytical testing services to clients from a wide range of industries including the pharmaceutical, food and environmental sectors.

With over 7,000 staff in more than 100 laboratories across 27 countries, the Eurofins Group offers a portfolio of over 25,000 reliable analytical methods for evaluating the authenticity, origin, safety, identity, composition and purity of biological substances and products. The Eurofins Group is committed to provide its customers with high quality services, accurate results in time and, if requested, expert advice by our highly qualified staff.

The Eurofins Group is one of the global market leaders in this field of applied life sciences. It intends to pursue its dynamic growth strategy and expand both, its technology portfolio and its geographic reach. Through R&D, in-licensing and acquisitions, the Group draws on the latest developments in the field of biotechnology to offer its clients unique analytical solutions and the most comprehensive range of testing methods.

Eurofins is one of the fastest growing companies in Europe: since its IPO on the French stock exchange in 1997, Eurofins' sales have increased by more than 50% each year (in compound average) to €368m in 2006. The shares of Eurofins Scientific are traded on Euronext (Paris) and Deutsche Börse/XETRA (Frankfurt). Eurofins belongs to the Euronext index SBF 250, MidCAC 100 and Next150 and thus ranks amongst the largest 250 companies listed in Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels and Lisbon.

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