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CCH, Baker & McKenzie Will Partner On Global Project

Agreement Combines Worldwide Legal Experience, Authoritative Resources for Companies Doing Business Around the World

(CHICAGO, ILL., February 9, 2000) – CCH INCORPORATED (CCH), a leading provider of tax and employment law information and software, and Baker & McKenzie, the premier global law firm, announced today that they will join forces on a project designed to provide employers and their legal counsel with the most comprehensive, reliable legal insight and analysis available on international labor and employment law issues.

The agreement leverages Baker & McKenzie’s unparalleled legal expertise and geographical coverage of employment relationships with CCH’s 87-year history of providing authoritative and critical legal information to business professionals around the world.

Through this partnership, CCH will license content from publications of Baker & McKenzie’s Global Labour, Employment, & Employee Benefits Practice Group to expand coverage of global employment issues in CCH print and Internet (http://hr.cch.com) products, as well as co-brand new products for human resources professionals, legal advisors and other business professionals. New products developed by CCH will focus on the specialized information, insight and solutions companies need as they expand their businesses into more complex and culturally diverse markets.

Baker & McKenzie's Global Labour, Employment, & Employee Benefits Practice Group consists of more than 315 attorneys worldwide who represent multinational corporations in all aspects of employment-related litigation, benefits and international executive transfer issues. Beginning later this year, the Group’s publications, including the Worldwide Guide to Termination, Employment Discrimination & Workplace Harassment Laws and The Global Employer newsletter will be marketed by CCH. These publications, written by Baker & McKenzie attorneys who are on the frontlines of employment and labor issues in countries around the world, will serve as the centerpiece for a co-branded web site to be launched by year’s end.

"There are enormous international opportunities for U.S. businesses today, but employment-related issues and complex human resources environments create significant risks for companies operating in a global economy," said Jim Gallas, publisher, CCH Health and Human Resources. "This agreement allows two of the legal community’s most respected and trusted organizations to meet this demand with the most authoritative resources available."

"Because the laws governing non-U.S. jurisdictions are often more protective of workers’ rights than U.S. law, companies expanding internationally cannot give short shrift to labor and employment issues," said Gerald L. Maatman, Jr., co-coordinator of Baker & McKenzie’s Global Labour, Employment, & Employee Benefits Practice Group. "Successfully managing international employment concerns is a critical prerequisite to reaping the economic rewards of globalization."

About Baker & McKenzie

Founded in 1949, Baker & McKenzie is the premier global law firm, having established operations in each of the world’s major commercial and financial centres more than 25 years ago. Today, the Firm maintains 60 offices in 35 countries and has more than 2,650 attorneys, whose experience with complex, cross-border transactions is unrivalled in the legal industry. For more information about the ways in which Baker & McKenzie provides focused and strategic counsel to clients around the world, visit the firm’s web site at www.bakerinfo.com.

About CCH INCORPORATED

CCH INCORPORATED, Riverwoods, Ill., is a leading provider of human resources, tax and business law information and services. For more than 60 years, the company’s Health and Human Resources group has set the standard as an authoritative source of employment law, including information on benefits, compensation, worker safety and human resources management. Its publications and software for human resources professionals include Human Resources Management, Pension Plan Guide, Benefits Guide and Payroll Management Guide. CCH is a wholly owned subsidiary of Wolters Kluwer U.S. The CCH web site can be accessed at www.cch.com. The CCH Human Resources web site can be accessed at http://hr.cch.com.

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