In January 1997 executives of Loan Pricing Corp., a giant of the syndicated loan-information business, sat down with executives of Intralinks Inc., an infant high-tech firm, to talk about a partnership.

Both sides thought Loan Pricing's data and Intralinks' on-line trading platform would make a perfect combination for the booming $1 trillion loan syndication business. Together, the two companies would create a single source for on-line syndication services and for highly regarded industry statistics.

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