TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 4, 2005) - Counsel Corporation (TSX:CXS) has received notice of an application made by Amaranth LLC seeking an Ontario Court order requiring Counsel to purchase 16,019,155 common shares of Counsel owned by Amaranth at fair value. The application also requests interim relief to require Counsel to place the equivalent of US$16,000,000 in a segregated trust account, pending determination of the Application. The grounds for the application are that the sale by Counsel's subsidiary Acceris of certain of its assets and the sale by Counsel of certain real estate properties constituted the sale of substantially all of the assets of Counsel, requiring Counsel shareholder approval. Amaranth alleges that the failure to obtain such shareholder approval constitutes an act of oppression.
Counsel Corporation believes the Amaranth application is opportunistic and without merit and intends to defend the Application vigorously.
About Counsel Corporation
Counsel Corporation is a diversified company with operations in three specific sectors: communications, real estate and long-term care. Counsel's communications platform is focused on its existing communications investment, C2 Global Technologies Inc. (OTCBB:COBT). Counsel's real estate platform has a focused strategy of investing in and developing income producing commercial properties, primarily retail shopping centres. Counsel's long-term care business consists of the operations of seven nursing homes in Ontario. For further information, please visit Counsel's website at www.counselcorp.com.
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