Hemscott & i-Deal Merge

Hemscott Group Ltd., a UK-based provider of financial data and investor relations services, has merged with i-Deal LLC, a UK-based provider of capital markets workflow solutions. The combined company has been named Ipreo LLC, and will have 2006 revenue of approximately $100 million. It also has agreed to acquire Marketpipe, a UK-based provider of fixed income new-issue software solutions. Hemscott went private earlier this year, following a buyout by Veronis Suhler Stevenson, while i-Deal backers include Citibank and Merrill Lynch. www.hemscottdata.com < ?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />