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UGL Equis Launches New Office in Sacramento, CA

July 10, 2009

SACRAMENTO, CA – July 10, 2009 – UGL Equis, the real estate advisory arm of the United Group Limited (ASX: UGL) based in Sydney, Australia, continues to expand its’ footprint across the State of California with the announcement of the opening of the Company’s new office in Sacramento located at 900 J Street, Fourth Floor. The office number is 916.447.0262.

The opening of the new office was effective July 1st.

The United Group Ltd. is a financially robust and growing company providing a full spectrum of global corporate real estate services. UGL Equis is set up as the Americas’ CRE advisory and transaction division of UGL with international outreach while our sister company, Boston-based UGL Unicco, specifically focuses on facility management services in North America.

The Sacramento location is the Company’s 27th in the U.S., and the sixth in the State of California - UGL Equis operates two offices in Los Angeles (L.A. West and L.A. Downtown); Orange County (Costa Mesa); San Francisco; and in San Jose.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for the Company, and it strategically positions us in a vital and dynamic market that will allow us to better service the requirements of the public and private agencies we represent in California,” commented Michael Sheinkop, Executive Vice President of U.S. Brokerage Operations. “UGL Equis is firmly committed to building a strong presence throughout the State, and we are exceptionally pleased to bring our service platform to the users of commercial real estate in this area. Our desire to build our market share in California remains high. Opening Sacramento is a strategic decision because of our experience with the State of California.”

UGL Equis has engaged Mark Hefner, a distinguished deal maker in West Coast commercial real estate to direct Company operations in the State Capitol as Senior Vice President.

“Mark is a consummate professional with over 28 years experience in office tenant and investment work ranging from suburban campuses to high-rise office properties. His experience is significant,” Sheinkop added.

“UGL Equis has made culture development an important focus since being acquired in 2006. The caliber of the real estate professionals we’ve hired since then has directly and positively impacted our financial performance. The ability to hire Mark, with his leadership and skills will serve to improve the brand of UGL Equis because of the manner in which he approaches providing honest and timely advice to his clients.”

Hefner, 49, is a Sacramento native who has negotiated over 2,000,000 square feet of private and public sector office building sales and leases for an extensive client portfolio that includes Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, Macias Gini & O’Connell, CPA’s (one of Inc. Magazine’s “Fastest Growing Companies”), SESI, Inc. and Interface Engineering. He is currently negotiating transactions in 10 cities throughout California and Nevada and representing clients in other Western states as well.

Considered to be one of the preeminent office and land brokers in Sacramento, Mark has worked closely with UGL Equis over the past few years in a number of transaction consulting initiatives for several of UGL Equis’ most important clients including The State of California, The U.S. Government, Navigant Consulting, and DaVita.

Previously, Mark was the owner and principal broker for Hefner Realty Corporation, a company he founded in Sacramento in 2005 to serve clients in California and Nevada. He is one of Northern California’s top-producing CRE professionals and has closed more than 400 transactions valued in excess of $1.5 billion of office leases for tenants, and office building and land sales for users and investors nationwide. Prior to Hefner Realty Corporation, Mark owned and operated three brokerage firms in the Sacramento market.

“Joining the UGL Equis team is a fabulous opportunity to introduce to my clients and the Greater Sacramento market the nation’s premier provider of office user services built on the conflict-free model – the real cornerstone of service delivery in our industry. This is the right platform for me to be on,” commented Mark Hefner. “And this is the right time for UGL Equis to enter Sacramento where so much of its client work culminates and originates. This is a perfect blending of market expertise with the strength and brand-name recognition of UGL Equis across domestic and international markets.”

For further information please direct all inquiries to: Michael Sheinkop at: 312-424-8099 or Mark Hefner at 916-447-0262.

About UGL Equis Corporation
UGL Equis is a corporate real estate firm that focuses exclusively on the business space user. The company has more than 42,000 affiliated employees in 14 countries around the world through its parent company UGL. Chicago-based UGL Equis provides comprehensive real estate solutions through portfolio strategy and management, transaction advisory, corporate finance, project services, workplace integration, data management, facility management, development management and audit and recovery services for national and global companies with office, industrial and retail opportunities throughout the United States, Mexico, Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East. UGL Equis and its sister company UGL Unicco, are subsidiaries of United Group Limited (ASX: UGL). For additional information, please visit

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