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ABN AMRO Selects eVent, HelioGraph’s End-to-End Solution for Global Corporate Actions Automation

eVent to reduce risk and cut costs for Europe’s eighth largest bank

London, 8 April 2002 – HelioGraph, the Straight Through Processing (STP) and
Financial Messaging specialist, announced today that ABN AMRO has chosen to
implement eVent, its leading corporate actions automation solution.

It is a widely acknowledged fact in the securities industry that processing
asset services manually is expensive, slow and very risky. With the arrival of
the new ISO15022 message standard, systems such as eVent are now able to
capitalise on structured data forms and use these as a basis upon which
automation can occur. Recognising this, ABN AMRO has taken a leap ahead of its
peers by deploying the full eVent asset services software suite.

eVent will be used in ABN AMRO’s operations centre in London and will support
the bank’s branches Europe-wide. The solution is being rolled out in two phases, the first of which will go live by September ‘02, just a few months after implementation started.

This two-phased approach is designed to ensure that ABN AMRO sees immediate
business benefits, including:

·Significant risk reduction - eVent avoids the potential high price tag
associated with missing a corporate action altogether or making a rushed
decision to sell a stock or exercise an entitlement.

·Operational Cost Savings: Through the substantial reduction, if not elimination of associated manual processes.

·Improved Service Levels: Through automation ABN will be able to improve
efficiency and timeliness of service to both internal and external clients, such as an extended decision-window for investment decisions.

"The bank conducted a thorough and extensive programme of selection to ensure
that, from a technological viewpoint, the most complete and effective solution
was identified and that the company we were partnering with had the necessary
in-depth knowledge of asset services required to deliver a solution", said David Dean, Global Head of Equity Operations at ABN AMRO.

"A key driver for the bank was the introduction of the new ISO15022 message
format and the fact that their 7775 counterparts will be discontinued in
November this year. We needed a system that was fully compliant with this new
standard. We believe that eVent will allow us to significantly reduce the risks
and the costs associated with processing asset services. Automating the process
is definitely a complex task but, with their expertise in the ISO15022 message
format and their impressive business knowledge of asset services, we felt that
HelioGraph was the best possible partner," added Deane.

"The heart of the system is its data field dictionary, an architecture that is
accredited as SWIFTReady Gold. This flexible architecture, allied to the rules-
based engine, ensures the system can be quickly adapted as business changes
occur." said Amery Thomas, CEO, HelioGraph. "In addition to the immediate
benefits gained by deploying eVent, ABN AMRO has effectively ‘future-proofed’
itself against such changes." continued Thomas.

eVent is the fully ISO15022-compliant solution for end-to-end lifetime
management of corporate actions. From initial announcement capture and data
cleansing through browser-based decision gathering to final reconciliation of
entitlements and post event completion processes, eVent reduces risk, cuts cost
and increases efficiency. eVent incorporates HelioGraph’s SWIFTReady Gold
accredited, data field dictionary architecture.

This announcement is the latest in a line of successes for eVent since the
product's launch in June 2001. eVent was the first complete corporate actions
automation solution and is now firmly established as the market leader with
other users including MFS Investment Management, Commerzbank and KBC Asset
Management Limited.