Barclays Private Equity acquires 84.61 percent stake in COMPUTERLINKS

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- Takeover offer successfully completed
- After the extended offer period, Barclays Private Equity acquires a total stake of approx. 84.61 percent in COMPUTERLINKS AG.
- pproval from the European Commission with regard to merger control law granted on 22 August 2008.

The company CSS Computer Security Solutions Erwerbs GmbH, an acquisition company in which currently one fund (in the future several funds) managed by Barclays Private Equity has an indirect stake, has successfully completed its voluntary public tender offer to the shareholders of COMPUTERLINKS AG. By the end of the extended offer period, at midnight CEST on 27 August 2008, another 30,877 shares had been tendered to Barclays Private Equity, which equates to approx. 0.46 percent of the issued shares of COMPUTERLINKS AG. In addition, Barclays Private Equity already acquired 5,668,432 shares in COMPUTERLINKS AG, i.e. approximately 84.15 percent of the equity capital and voting rights of COMPUTERLINKS AG during the regular offer period of the takeover offer. As such, Barclays Private Equity now acquires a total of 5,699,309 shares, or approx. 84.61 percent, of COMPUTERLINKS AG.

Approval of the takeover offer from the European Commission with regard to merger control law was granted on 22 August 2008. This means all offer conditions have been fulfilled.

COMPUTERLINKS AG and Barclays Private Equity will now begin implementing their planned strategic partnership. In this partnership, Barclays Private Equity expressly supports the planned international growth strategy of COMPUTERLINKS AG, and wishes to push forward, together with the existing management, on the course that has already been laid.

About COMPUTERLINKS AG:

With office branches in 11 European countries as well as in North America, Australia and the United Arab Emirates, COMPUTERLINKS is one of the leading distributors for top international manufacturers in the information technology sector. In its business activities, COMPUTERLINKS functions as a link between manufacturers and resellers, and facilitates the successful distribution of sophisticated IT solutions from the e-Security und e-Business segments. It puts a particular focus on evaluating and marketing the latest hardware and software products which stand out in terms of innovation and quality and have the greatest chances of surviving on an IT market which is marked by an increase in security-related demands.
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