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Record Number of Participants! More Than 270 Companies Already Registered for the 2010 IR Global Rankings

NEW YORK, Oct. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- MZ Consult NY (www.mz-ir.com), a leading global investor relations and financial communications firm, announces that there are only two weeks left to register for the 12th annual edition of the IR Global Rankings and Awards ("IRGR"). The 2010 IRGR, supported by KPMG, Arnold & Porter, The Bank of New York Mellon, Corporate Asia Network and Bloomberg, is a unique and independent external review of any company's communication process with the capital markets.

TO PARTICIPATE, COMPANIES ARE REQUIRED TO REGISTER. Please visit the website www.irglobalrankings.com, or type IRGR < GO > into the Bloomberg terminal. On the website homepage companies can review the 2010 IRGR Information Package with all the details on free and paid rankings. The three main ranking categories are: (i) IR websites, (ii) corporate governance practices and (iii) financial disclosure procedures.

More than 270 companies from over 30 countries have already registered for the 2010 IR Global Rankings, among them (in alphabetical order): A8 Digital Music Holdings (HKSE: 0800); Abbott (NYSE: ABT); ABNote (BMF&BOVESPA: ABNB3); Acer Inc. (TWSE: 2353); adidas (FSE: ADS); Aditya Birla Nuvo (NSE: ABIRLANUVO); Advantech Co. (TWSE: 2395); AECOM (NYSE: ACM); Aegon (EURONEXT: AGN.AS); Air France-KLM (EURONEXT: AFLYY); Airmedia Group Inc (NASDAQ: AMCN); Akamai Technologies (NASDAQ: AKAM); AkzoNobel (EURONEXT: AKZA); ALL - America Latina Logistica (BMF&BOVESPA: ALLL1); AmBev (NYSE: ABV); American Water Works Company (NYSE: AWK); AMP (ASX: AMP.AX); Applied Materials (NASDAQ: AMAT); ARC Energy Trust (TSX: AET.UN); Arcadis (EURONEXT: ARCAD); Ardentec Corporation (TWSE: 3264); ARM Holdings (LSE: ARM); Asustek Computer (TWSE: 2357); AU Optronics Corp (TWSE: 2409); Aurobindo Pharma (NSE: AUROPHARMA); Banca MPS (FTSE: BMPS.MI); Banco BPI (EURONEXT: BBPI.LS); Banco Cruzeiro do Sul (BMF&BOVESPA: CZRS4); Banco Daycoval (BMF&BOVESPA: DAYC4); Banco Indusval (BMF&BOVESPA: IDVL4); Bank of Communications (HKSE: 03328); Bank of Montreal (NYSE: BMO); BASF (XETRA: BAS.DE); Baxter (NYSE: BAX); Bayer (XETRA: BAYN GY); BBVA (NYSE: BBV); Bematech (BMF&BOVESPA: BEMA3); Brasil Brokers (BMF&BOVESPA: BBRK3); BrasilAgro (BMF&BOVESPA: AGRO3); Braskem (BMF&BOVESPA: BRKM5); BRF Brasil Foods (BMF&BOVESPA: PRGA3); Brightpoint, Inc (NASDAQ: CELL); Britvic PLC (LSE: BVIC); Brookfield Incorporacoes (BMF&BOVESPA: BISA3); Bursa Malaysia Berhad (MYX: BJURSA MK); Canadian Natural Resources Limited (NYSE: CNQ); Caterpillar (NYSE: CAT); CCR (BMF&BOVESPA: CCRO3); Celanese Corporation (NYSE: CE); Central European Media Enterprises (PSE: CETV); Cephas Holding (OTCBB: CEHC); Chang Hwa Commercial Bank (TWSE: 2801); Changyou.com Limited (NASDAQ: CYOU); Chesapeake Energy (NYSE: CHK); Chi Mei Optoelectronics (TWSE: 3009); China Automotive Systems (NASDAQ: CAAS); China BAK Battery (NASDAQ: CBAK); China Development Financial Holding (TWSE: 2883); China Green Agriculture (NASDAQ: CGA); China Medical Technologies (NASDAQ: CMED); China Motor Corporation (TWSE: 2204); China Steel Corporation (TWSE: 2002); China Telecom (NYSE: CHA); China XD Plastics Company (OTCBB: CXDC); Chroma Ate (TWSE: 2360); Chunghwa Picture Tubes (TWSE: 2475); CipherLab Co. (TWSE: 6160); CNinsure Inc (NASDAQ: CISG); Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company (ATHEX: EEEK.GA); Colgate- Palmolive (NYSE: CL); Compal Electronics (TWSE: 2324); Construtora Tenda (BMF&BOVESPA: TEND3); Copasa (BMF&BOVESPA: CSMG3); Corporacion GEO (MXK: GEOB); Cosan (BMF&BOVESPA: CSAN3); COSCO Pacific Limited (HKSE: 1199); Credit Suisse (SWX: CSGN); Danske Bank (OMX: DANSKE.CO); DASA (BMF&BOVESPA: DASA3); Del Monte Foods Company (NYSE: DLM); Delta Electronics (TWSE: 2308); D-Link (TWSE: 2332); Dowa (Tokyo: DOWA); Duff & Phelps (NYSE: DUF); Ecopetrol (NYSE: EC); EDP - Energias de Portugal (PSI: EDP.PL); Embraer (NYSE: ERJ); Enagas (MSE: ENAG.MC); Energisa S.A. (BMF&BOVESPA: ENGI); Enersis (NYSE: ENI-US); Equatorial Energia (BMF&BOVESPA: EQTL3); Erste Group Bank (VSE: EBS); Eternit (BMF&BOVESPA: ETER3); ev3 Inc. (NASDAQ: EVVV); EVN (NYSE: EVN); F. Hoffmann - La Roche (SIX: ROG VX); Fedex (NYSE: FDX); FelCor Lodging Trust (NYSE: FCH); Fertilizantes Heringer (BMF&BOVESPA: FHER3); Formosa Taffeta (TWSE: 1434); Fosun International (HKSE: 00656); Fraport (FSE: FRA GR); Fresenius Medical Care (FSE: FME); Fubon Financial Holding (TWSE: 2881); Fushi Copperweld (NASDAQ: FSIN); Gafisa (NYSE: GFA); Galp Energia (EURONEXT: GALP PL); Garanti Bank (ISE: GARAN); Gartner, Inc. (NYSE: IT); Gazprom Neft (MSE: SIBN); General Electric Company (NYSE: GE); Georg Fischer (SIX: GF); Gerresheimer (FSE: GXI XE); Global Bio-chem Technology Group (HKSE: 0809); Global Sources (NASDAQ: GSOL); Global Sweeteners Holdings (HKSE: 03889); Global Unichip Corp (TWSE: 3443); GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes (NYSE: GOL); Grupo Santander (IBEX 35: SAN); GVT (BMF&BOVESPA: GVTT3); Hansen Transmissions International (LSE: HSN); Hercules Technology Growth Capital (NASDAQ: HTGC); NKT Holding (CSE: DK0010287663); Hochtief (FSE: HOT); Homex (OTC: DHMXF.PK); HSBC Holdings (LSE: HSBA); HTC Corporation (TWSE: 2498); Hurray! Holding Co (NASDAQ: HRAY); Hypermarcas (BMF&BOVESPA: HYPE3); Hysan Development Company (HKSE: HYSNY.PK); IAMGOLD Corporation (NYSE: IAG); Indra (IBEX 35: IDR.MC); Infosys Technologies (NASDAQ: INFY); Integrys Energy Group (NYSE: TEG); Intel (NASDAQ: INTC); Internet Initiative (NASDAQ: IIJI); JBS (BMF&BOVESPA: JBSS3); KGI Securities (TWSE: 6008); Kingsoft Corporation (HKSE: 03888); KongZhong Corporation (NASDAQ: KONG); Kotak Mahindra Bank (BSE: 500247); LAN Airlines (NYSE: LFL); Life Technologies (NASDAQ: LIFE); Life Time Fitness (NYSE: LTM); Localiza Rent a Car (BMF&BOVESPA: RENT3); Logica (LSE: LOG); Longtop Financial Technologies (NYSE: LFT); Lonza (SIX: LONN); Lukoil (LSE: LKOD); Lupatech (BMF&BOVESPA: LUPA3); Marisa (BMF&BOVESPA: MARI3); Maywufa Co (TWSE: 1731); Medco Health Solutions (NYSE: MHS); METRO (FSE: MEO); Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT); Millennium (EURONEXT: MBC.LS); Mindray Medical International (NYSE: MR); Mobinil (CASE: EMOB); Moody's (NYSE: MCO); MorphoSys (FSE: MOR); Nacional Financiera (MXK: NAFTRAC02); Nanya Technology Corporation (TWSE: 2408); National Bank Financial Group (TSX: NA); Nedbank Group (JSE: NED); Net Servicos (BMF&BOVESPA: NETC4); New World Resources (LSE: NWR LN); Newmont Mining Corporation (NYSE: NEM); Nexen (NYSE: NXY); Novartis (VIRT-X: NOVN.VX ); NRG Energy (NYSE: NRG); Nucleus Software Exports (NSE: NUCLEUS); OC Oerlikon (SIX: OERL); Oce N.V. (OTC: OCENF.PK); OHL Brasil (BMF&BOVESPA: OHLB3); Outokumpu (NASDAQ: OUT1V.HE); Overseas Shipholding Group (NYSE: OSG); Pampa Energia (BCBA: PAMP); Parana Banco (BMF&BOVESPA: PRBC4); Partner Communications (NASDAQ: PTNR); PDG Realty (BMF&BOVESPA: PDGR3); PhytoHealth Corporation (TWSE: 4108); Positivo Informatica (BMF&BOVESPA: POSI3); PotashCorp (NYSE: POT); Powerchip Semiconductor (TWSE: 5346); PPG Industries (NYSE: PPG); Procter & Gamble (NYSE: PG); Profarma (BMF&BOVESPA: PFRM3); PT Excelcomindo Pratama (JAK: EXCL); PT Semen Gresik (Persero) (IDX: SMGR); PT. Indocement Tunggal Prakarsa (IDX: INTP); Randstad Holding (EURONEXT: RAND); Renova Energia (None: None); Rieter Group (SIX: RIEN); Rossi Residencial (BMF&BOVESPA: RSID3); Royal Dutch Shell (LSE: RDSA); Royal Philips Electronics (NYSE: PHG); Ryder System (NYSE: R); Sa Sa International Holdings (HKSE: 0178); Sampo Plc (NASDAQ: SAMAS); Sanofi-Aventis (EURONEXT: SAN); Santos Brasil (BMF&BOVESPA: STBP11); Sappi (JSE: SAP); Shenzhen Expressway Company (HKSE: 0548); Shin Kong Financial Holding (TWSE: 2888); Shinsei Bank (TSE: 8303); Shire Pharmaceuticals Group (LSE: SHP.L); Shun Tak Holdings (HKSE: 242); Siliconware Precision Industries (TWSE: 2325); Sistema Educacional Brasileiro (BMF&BOVESPA: SEBB11); SMIC (NYSE: SMI); SNC-Lavalin (TSX: SNC); Sohu.com (NASDAQ: SOHU); Solomon Systech Limited (HKSE: 2878); Southwestern Energy (NYSE: SWN); Springs Global (BMF&BOVESPA: SGPS3); SRE Group (HKSE: 1207); STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM); Stora Enso (OMX: STERV); Strabag (WBAG: STR); Sul America (BMF&BOVESPA: SULA11); Sun Pharmaceutical Industries (NSE: SUNPHARMA); Swiss Life (SIX: SLHN); Syngenta International (SMI: SYNN VX); Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TWSE: 2330); Teck Resources (NYSE: TCK); Telecom Egypt (EGX: ETEL.CA); Telefonica O2 Czech Republic (PSE: SPTT.PR); Telekom Austria (VSE: TKA); Telvent Git (NASDAQ: TLVT); Temenos (SIX: TEMN); Tempur-Pedic International (NYSE: TPX); Tenaris (NYSE: TS); The United Laboratories International (HKSE: 03933); Thomson Reuters (NYSE: TRI); TIM Participacoes (NYSE: TSU); Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC); TOTAL (CAC: FP.PA); Tractebel Energia (BMF&BOVESPA: TBLE3); Trend Micro (NASDAQ: IBKR); Trend Micro (TSE: 4704); Tripod Technology Corporation (TWSE: 3044); Triunfo Participacoes (BMF&BOVESPA: TPIS3); Turk Telecom (ISE: TTKOM); UCB (EURONEXT: UCB-XB); Ultra Petroleum (NYSE: UPL); Unum Group (NYSE: UNM); URS Corporation (NYSE: URS); VanceInfo Technologies (NYSE: VIT); Vanguard International Semiconductor (OTC: 5347); Vecima Networks (TSX: VCM); VeriSign (NASDAQ: VRSN); Vermilion Energy Trust (TSX: VET.UN); Vivo Participacoes (NYSE: VIV); Volkswagen (FSE: VLKAY); Ways Technical Corp (TWSE: 3508); Wendy's / Arby's (NYSE: WEN); WestJet (TSX: WJA); WNS Holdings (NYSE: WNS); WPG Holdings (TWSE: 3702); Yageo Corporation (TWSE: 2327); Yongye International (NASDAQ: YONG); Yuanta Financial Holdings (TWSE: 2885.TW); Yucheng Technologies (NASDAQ: YTEC); Yum! Brands (NYSE: YUM).

Conference Call Replay: The September 1 webcast replay that discussed the news and procedures of this new edition is available on the website homepage (www.irglobalrankings.com). You can also download and/or request a free copy of the 2009 IRGR magazine.

TOP 5 REASONS TO SIGN UP FOR the 2010 IR GLOBAL RANKINGS

1) Unique Ranking System: IRGR is the sole investor relations ranking system based on technical reviews (not opinion surveys or polls) and is supported by the input of audit and legal experts. IRGR is a unique way to have an external review and positioning of your investor relations and financial communications efforts among best practices of leading companies worldwide.

2) Individual Feedback: Participants who choose to acquire the individual feedback report will receive detailed suggestions for improvements where applicable. This report can be discussed later in a private conference call with the IRGR staff, upon request by the participating company.

3) Solid Benchmarking: By registering for IRGR, your company will be ranked among companies worldwide in all industries. Our extensive client base allows us to identify, rank and disclose the best IR communication programs in the world. Only positive examples are publicly disclosed.

4) High Transparency: Evaluation criteria and results are available on the IRGR website. IRGR analysts are responsible for performing a thorough analysis and an independent technical committee will review them in their entirety;

5) Great Recognition: Best ranked companies will be recognized in Award Ceremonies around the world. IRGR widely discloses top ranked companies through global media wires done by PRNewswire -- the largest news distributor in the world. Best cases will also be highlighted in the IR Global Rankings magazine that is freely distributed in the capital markets community.

To learn more about the 2010 IRGR or to download the 2009 IRGR magazine with winners and best practices, please visit www.irglobalrankings.com or type IRGR < GO > into the Bloomberg Terminal.

For further information, please contact: The IRGR Team, Email: irgr@mz-ir.com, phone: +1 (212) 813-2975

About IR Global Rankings (www.irglobalrankings.com): Solid communication with the investment community is a key priority for investor relations and corporate governance professionals, once value creation (stock prices) and risk perception can be managed. The implementation of best practices in communicating with the capital markets and fair disclosure procedures do help companies in earning and maintaining investor confidence. The annual IR Global Rankings and Awards survey is the most comprehensive auditing and ranking system for IR websites, corporate governance practices and financial disclosure procedures -- a great opportunity to benchmark IR efforts vis-a-vis peers and industry leaders. Based on extensive proprietary research of publicly held companies and investors, and supported by input from independent audit, corporate governance and legal experts (KPMG, Arnold & Porter, Demarest, Mattos Filho and Barbosa Mussnich), MZ's methodology is highly detailed, transparent and fully accessible to all participants. The annual IR Global Rankings and Awards has grown each year since 1999.

SOURCE MZ Consult NY LLC

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