Shareholders approve sale of Loring Ward



    NEW YORK, Jan. 5 /CNW/ - Loring Ward International Ltd. ("Loring Ward" or
the "Company") (TSX: LW) announced that today shareholders overwhelmingly
approved the proposed plan of arrangement involving the Company and Werba
Reinhard Holdings Ltd., a subsidiary of Werba Reinhard, Inc.
    At a special meeting in Toronto held earlier today, shareholders approved
the transaction, with over 90% of the votes cast in favour of the transaction.
The completion of the transaction will result in shareholders receiving
U.S.$11.25 per share in cash payable in U.S. dollars in exchange for each
Loring Ward common share held. The transaction is subject to final Court
approval this Wednesday, January 7, 2009, other regulatory approvals and other
specific closing conditions. The transaction is currently expected to close on
or about January 30, 2009. However, due to the various closing conditions,
there can be no assurance that the transaction will be completed.
    Shareholders also approved re-election of the Company's current Board of
Directors, appointed auditors for the current year, and approved a change in
the Company's stated capital.

    About Loring Ward

    Loring Ward International Ltd. provides in its core business a turnkey
asset management program to some of America's most knowledgeable and
successful investment advisors and their clients. These services include
investment strategies and products, back office operational processing,
education and training, and business development support. The Company's U.S.
corporate offices are headquartered in New York. For more information, please
visit www.loringward.com.

    The Company, in the ordinary course of its business, may explore
potential proposals or be the recipient of proposals with respect to strategic
opportunities and transactions, which may include strategic joint venture
relationships, significant debt or equity investments in or by the Company,
the acquisition or disposition of material assets or business lines, mergers,
new products or services, new distribution methods and other similar strategic
opportunities or transactions. The Company's policy is generally not to
publicly disclose the pursuit of a potential strategic opportunity or
transaction unless and until a definitive binding agreement is reached. The
public announcement of such matters could potentially materially affect the
price or value of the Company's securities. As a result, there can be no
assurance that investors who buy or sell the Company's securities are doing so
at a time when the Company is not pursuing a particular strategic opportunity
or transaction that, if publicly disclosed, could materially affect the price
or value of the Company's securities.
    Information in this news release that is not current or historical
factual information may constitute forward-looking information within the
meaning of securities laws. Forward-looking statements may include those
relating to the Company's objectives and strategies, as well as statements of
our beliefs, plans, expectations and intentions. Implicit in this information
are assumptions regarding future revenue and expenses, economic conditions,
and the results of pending litigation involving the Company, as well as our
business strategy, expectations, intentions, and other matters. These
assumptions may prove to be incorrect, and actual outcomes and results,
including the future operating results and economic performance of the
Company, may differ materially because of many factors, including those
discussed in this press release and in our other public filings. For more
information on these risks and uncertainties you should refer to our detailed
Financial Statements and Management's Discussion and Analysis, as well as a
broader description of certain challenges and risks facing the Company, all of
which is available at www.sedar.com. As well, there can be no assurance that
the transaction with WRI will in fact close at the end of January, 2009 or at
all. Forward-looking information contained in this news release is based on
our current estimates, expectations and projections, which we believe are
reasonable as of the current date. You should not place undue importance on
forward-looking information and should not rely upon this information as of
any other date. The Company disclaims any intention or obligation to update
the information in this press release or revise any other forward-looking
statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or
otherwise, except as expressly required by law.





For further information:

For further information: Robert Herrmann, Phone: (212) 907-8080, E-mail:
info@loringward.com

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