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"Barrington Partners Releases 2004 'Next Generation' Transfer Agency Review"

Barrington Partners is pleased to announce the release of the 2004 'Next Generation' Transfer Agency Review.

This Review is a comprehensive, 290-page analysis of the functionality and design of ten (10) major transfer agency systems and service offerings for domestic and international markets. The Review is the fifth in a suite of in-depth Barrington Partners research reports focusing on software technologies and back-office systems for the investment advisor, mutual fund and hedge fund industries. Offerings from the following firms are covered in the Review:

· Envison (US): PowerAgent
· IFDS (Canada): iFAST
· IGEFI (Lux): Multifonds TA
· RIVA Systems (Luxembourg): RIVA TA
· Silica (South Africa): FISCUS
· Transfer Solutions (US): VisualFAST

The Review includes in-depth information regarding architecture and development, vendor support, processing capabilities, interfaces and ancillary technology, and reporting capabilities.

The objective of the Transfer Agency Review is to facilitate an understanding of the functional capabilities of the various technology solutions. As always, Barrington Partners has conducted confidential interviews with clients of each offering, and incorporated this feedback into the Review.

About Barrington Partners:
Barrington Partners is a Boston-based research, consulting and investment banking firm that focuses on the financial services industry. Systems based research includes:
· The European Fund Accounting Systems Review
· The Separate Account Technology Review
· The Hedge Fund Accounting Systems Review
· The US Fund Accounting Systems Review

Issue-based research includes:
· The Best Practices Market Timing report which is scheduled for release in June 2004.

For further information please contact
Nii Tetteh
at 617-482-3303
Hubbard Garber
at 617-482-3300