– Focused on mid and large cap market

– Internationally experienced leadership and transaction team

– Has access to Chinese market via Andus-Leuliette JV

Leuliette Partners, LonePine Capital Advisors and The Novak Group today announced they have combined their operations to form FINNEA Group (“FINNEA”), a dedicated investment banking and restructuring firm that provides financial advisory services and merchant banking solutions.

The newly formed company focuses primarily on providing M&A advisory services, capital solutions, financial restructuring, interim management and private equity financing.

“By combining our companies we believe we can deliver unparalleled value and service to our customers as they navigate rapid changes in the global and financial markets,” partners Jim Klunk, Tim Leuliette, Tom McDonald and Joe Novak said in a combined statement. “We appreciate the support from our prior associations and look forward to growing our future together.”

The partners began the process of merging their operations in the fall of 2010.

FINNEA’s senior leadership team also has served in a variety of corporate leadership positions throughout North America, Europe and Asia. They have successfully dealt with the challenges of a global economy, changing macro-economic trends and dynamic shifts in many businesses to deal with an ever-changing economy.

In addition to its core financial advisory focus, FINNEA also became a partner in Andus-Leuliette LLC. Formed in January 2011, Andus-Leuliette specifically focuses on businesses that would benefit from access to the Chinese consumer/industrial market, or would gain from access to Asian capital and equity markets. Its operations include M&A advisory services, import/export trading, equipment leasing, private equity investment, commercial development and operating companies. The company has access to Chinese sovereign and other investment funds, which will infuse capital into the business and facilitate financial support with leasing and capital investment activities.

FINNEA serves a broad client base through its offices in Birmingham, Mich., Chicago, Ill., and West Palm Beach, Fla. It will move its headquarters to the Greenleaf Trust Building in Birmingham, Mich., in the fall of 2011.

About FINNEA Group

FINNEA Group offers M&A advisory services, capital solutions, restructuring, special situations, interim management and private equity investing. The founding partners and their team of highly experienced professionals have global expertise in both mid- and large-cap companies and extensive experience advising clients in a number of manufacturing and service industries. They have served in a variety of corporate leadership positions in North America, Europe and Asia.

For more details and contact information please visit www.finneagroup.com.

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1821 West Maple
Birmingham, Michigan 48009
Office: 734.578.6507
Fax: 313.887.9465

Web Site: http://www.finneagroup.com

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