October 20, 2008

Grant Thornton LLP Launches Economic Crisis Resource Center to Help Companies Find Opportunities Created By the Bailout

Grant Thornton LLP today launched the Economic Crisis Resource Center to help companies find opportunities created by the bailout. The Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 gives the Treasury authority to purchase up to $700 billion of troubled assets. This program, designed to boost liquidity and confidence in U.S. capital markets, may provide a number of opportunities for current holders of troubled assets and for those looking to acquire some of those assets.

Areas include:

-- Corporate advisory and restructuring services

-- Corporate finance

-- Forensic accounting, fraud and investigations

-- Valuations

-- Litigation and dispute consulting

-- Forensic technology services

-- Transaction advisory services

-- Internal controls testing

-- SAS 70

-- Tax planning and considerations

Visit the site at www.GrantThornton.com/EconCrisis.

To obtain a copy of Grant Thornton's The Credit Crunch: a Practical Guide, which explores the causes of the financial crisis and provides practical advice on how to instill rigor and discipline to business practices, please visit www.GrantThornton.com/crunch.

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