Wolters Kluwer North America Acquires Uniform Information Services, Inc.

Publisher of Insurance and Consumer Finance Forms and Databases Will Become Part of CCH INCORPORATED

(CHICAGO, January 17, 2002) – Wolters Kluwer North America said today that it has acquired Uniform Information Services (UIS), Acton, Mass., the leading provider of electronic and print forms and regulatory databases for the property and casualty insurance industry. UIS (uniforminc.com) will become part of CCH INCORPORATED (cch.com), Riverwoods, Ill., a leading provider of tax, securities and business law information and software, and a Wolters Kluwer North America company. Terms of the sale were not released.

UIS is best known as the market-leading provider of forms for property and casualty insurance companies with more than 20,000 standard and custom forms sold in print and electronic formats. In addition, UIS includes ComplianceWare, a set of subscription databases addressing regulatory compliance for the consumer finance and insurance industries.

UIS will become part of CCH’s Business and Finance Group (business.cch.com) which also manages NILS Publishing, a provider of U.S. insurance law and regulatory information. Together, NILS and UIS will market a full suite of compliance products for the insurance market including research databases, forms and workflow tools. The consumer finance ComplianceWare database products will be integrated into the CCH banking product line. This acquisition further strengthens CCH’s position as the foremost provider of comprehensive research information services, compliance-focused desktop solutions, and online tools that guide and assist legal and business professionals in understanding, applying, and complying with U.S. insurance and banking laws and regulations.

Uniform Information Services had 2001 fiscal year revenues of approximately $11.6 million and employs approximately 61 people. UIS was founded in 1917 as a forms printing company, and evolved over 80 years into a specialized provider for the insurance industry.

About Wolters Kluwer

Wolters Kluwer North America, headquartered in Chicago, is a unit of Wolters Kluwer nv, Amsterdam. It is comprised of a number of highly respected legal, tax and business information, software and service companies, including Aspen Publishing, Inc., New York City/Gaithersburg, Md.; CCH Canadian, Toronto; CCH INCORPORATED, Riverwoods, Ill.; CCH Legal Information Services, New York City; and CCH Tax Compliance, Torrance, Calif.

Wolters Kluwer nv (wolterskluwer.com) is a multinational information services company with annual sales of more than EUR 3 billion, employing approximately 19,000 people in Europe, North America and Asia Pacific. The company's core activities are Legal, Tax & Business, Health & Science and Education. The Wolters Kluwer shares are quoted on the Euronext Amsterdam.

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