IVCA Welcomes WestLB Asset Management as New Member

May 23, 2007

CHICAGO - “ The IVCA welcomes new member WestLB Asset Management (USA), LLC and representatives Eric Abelson, Christopher Brandley, Michael Cleary, Terri Ambron Liftin, Mindy Mauri, Patrick Noonan, John O'Malley, Christopher Pace, Ravi Vish, Cheng Wang, Natalie Wichman and Jens Winther.

WestLB Mellon Asset Management (- œPrivate Equity Group- ) is a registered investment adviser under the Advisers Act and a qualified professional asset manager under ERISA.

The Private Equity Group was first organized in 1997 as the Private Markets Group of Forstmann-Leff International. In Sept. 2000, the Private Markets Group was acquired by WestLB Mellon Asset Management at which time the adviser assumed responsibility for all its assets under management and client relationships.

The Private Equity Group currently consists of a team of 14 investment professionals that as of Dec. 31, 2006 managed more than $925 million in commitments for three fund-of-funds and a direct fund for 24 clients. The Private Equity Group is headquartered in New York with deal team leaders located in Chicago and Los Angeles.