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Critical Path's Hosted Email Service is Selected by International Law Firm

September 27, 2001 

Critical Path's Hosted Email Service is Selected by International Law Firm; Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer's Exposure to Email Viruses Reduced By Critical Path's Service

    SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 27, 2001--Critical Path, Inc. (Nasdaq:CPTH), a global leader in communication technology and complete messaging solutions for wireless and wireline carriers, service providers and corporations, today announced it is providing international business law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer with a hosted email service that protects employees from unsolicited junk email and email-borne viruses.
    Critical Path's hosted email service is part of a Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer initiative to separate personal and corporate email to protect the firm against security breaches and any legal complications brought about by personal messages. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer piloted the service for two months, and then selected Critical Path's hosted email service in the second quarter of 2001, in order to provide a secure and cost effective option for employees in the UK. Critical Path's success in stopping spam and viruses, along with the ease of implementation, has resulted in the service now being offered to over 2,000 employees across the law firm's 29 worldwide offices. Through Critical Path's service, employees receive a personal email account that they can access from anywhere via a Web browser or through Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer's Intranet.
    "Critical Path's email service is an important part of our security initiative and enables us to assure that employees have reliable email that is protected from both viruses and spam," said David Enders, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer's Communications manager. "Rather than limit all personal communication we selected Critical Path to provide personal accounts for our employees because of its ability to provide an enterprise wide solution that reduces our exposure to security threats while at the same time providing a valuable service to our employees."
    "Corporate email accounts are being buried in spam and viruses, which interferes with the recipients' productivity and strains corporate IT departments," said David Hayden, Critical Path's founder and executive chairman. "Critical Path hosted email solution provides both the safe and accurate delivery of legitimate email and the security necessary for mission critical information exchange."

    About Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer was created through the merger of Freshfields and Bruckhaus Westrick Heller Lober on Aug. 1, 2000. The company is a leader among international law firms, capable of offering business law advice of the highest quality throughout Europe, Asia and the US.
    With over 2,600 lawyers in 29 key business centers around the world, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer provides a comprehensive service to national and multinational corporations, financial institutions and governments.

    About Critical Path, Inc.

    Critical Path, Inc. (Nasdaq:CPTH) is a global leader in communication technology and complete messaging solutions for wireless and wireline carriers, service providers and corporations through its integrated platform of messaging applications and directory infrastructure. Critical Path is headquartered in San Francisco, with offices throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Latin America. More information on Critical Path can be found at

    Forward-Looking Statements

    This press release contains forward-looking statements by the Company and others regarding expected future business, financial and product performance, including our customers' testimonials and the Company's statements regarding endorsements of and performance of our product and services offerings by our customers, our belief as to the ability of our products to ensure performance, security, scalability and reliability and the market for outsourced services like ours. The words "will," "expect," "plan," "believe," "seek," "strive for," "anticipate," "estimate" and similar expressions are intended to identify the Company's forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated. These risks include, but are not limited to, our evolving business strategy and the emerging and changing nature of the market for our products and services, our ability to deliver on our sales objectives, the ability of our technology and our competitors' technologies to address customer demands, changes in economic and market conditions, unplanned system interruptions and capacity constraints, software and service design defects. These and other risks and uncertainties are described in more detail in the Company's filings with the U.S Securities and Exchange Commission ( made from time to time, including Critical Path's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended Dec. 31, 2000, as amended, and the Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for the quarters ended June 30, 2001 and March 30, 2001, both as may be amended from time to time.

    Note to Editors: Critical Path and the Critical Path logo are the trademarks of Critical Path, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their holders.

CONTACT: Critical Path, Inc., San Francisco, Mike Bishop, 415/344-5059 (Investors) or McGrath Power/PR, Roger Fortier, 408/727-0351 (Reporters)

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