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July 21, 2005

CIVC Exits TransWestern Publishing

CIVC Partners is pleased to announce its successful exit from TransWestern Publishing Company, LLC. Last week, a group of investors including CIVC and Thomas H. Lee Partners along with TransWestern’s management, completed the sale of TransWestern to Yell Group plc for $1.575 billion in cash. TransWestern is a leading independent publisher of yellow page directories in the United States. TransWestern publishes 332 directories and also offers online yellow pages advertising services through

CIVC is proud of its longstanding relationship with TransWestern and its management. CIVC’s original investment in 1993 helped management purchase the company from its previous owner, US West. The investment also helped fund acquisitions, operational improvements and business development initiatives. During CIVC’s twelve-year relationship with TransWestern, CIVC and TransWestern’s management completed six recapitalizations, providing liquidity to management and certain investors, and raising capital for additional acquisitions. Over this same period, the Company led the consolidation of the independent directory industry and successfully integrated dozens of acquisitions while maintaining leading margins in the industry.

CIVC Partners, a leader in private equity investing for over 35 years, manages $1 billion in private equity capital and currently invests from a $650 million fund closed in 2003. CIVC Partners provides growth and buyout capital to middle-market companies and executives with a focus on business services, financial services, media and communications, and industrial growth.

For more information, please contact:

CIVC Partners, L.P.
Christopher Perry
312 873 7330

CIVC Partners, L.P.
Marcus Wedner
312 873 7320

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CIVC Partners, LP
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Telephone: 312 873 7300

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