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Linedata Services and Thomson Financial form distribution partnership to deliver a comprehensive front-office solution for asset managers

Thomson Financial has agreed to use Linedata’s Long View Trading as the OMS platform for its integrated end-to-end investment management solution

Boston – September 13, 2005 - Linedata Services, a leading global technology solutions company and provider of the industry leading OMS, LongView Trading, announced today a distribution partnership with Thomson Financial that integrates LongView Trading into the suite of Thomson Financial’s services, including Thomson ONE, TradeWeb, AutEx, and PORTIA. Thomson Financial will redistribute, sell and support the integrated OMS solution as TF OMS. When complete, Thomson Financial will be the first to offer buy-side clients an end-to-end investment management solution that encompasses portfolio modeling, real-time trading applications, trade processing, and portfolio accounting - all through a single point of access, and available as an ASP.

Initial development of the multi-phased project is already underway with Thomson Financial. The combined solution of LongView Trading and Thomson Financial’s suite of investment management solutions will provide asset managers with a uniquely comprehensive set of OMS and execution capabilities that span multi-asset classes and multi-currencies. One powerful integration example is LongView Trading’s link to TradeWeb’s real-time pricing, online inventory management and multi-dealer auction trading functionality - all in a single application. The combined offering will eliminate the need to re-key trade information, toggle between screens or run multiple applications simultaneously, resulting in significant time and cost savings in the investment management process.

"The market for best-of-breed fixed income OMS’s is rapidly increasing," stated Jack Wiener, EVP, Linedata Services, Inc. "By combining the market’s best fixed income portal, Thomson TradeWeb, with the market’s best multi-asset class OMS, LongView Trading, we are redefining the OMS space for trading fixed income securities."

"Linedata’s LongView Trading stood out as the leading OMS with the capability to deliver asset managers the best possible investment management solution," said Jim Toffey, President of Equities, Fixed Income, and Retail Wealth Management at Thomson Financial. "LongView Trading’s robust, global multi-asset type functionality combined with its truly scaleable technology and unique ASP capabilities made Linedata the appropriate partner to meet our clients’ most pressing needs. LongView Trading’s multi-asset class capabilities are the perfect complement to our market leading services for asset managers."

Charles Garcia, Director of TF OMS at Thomson Financial, added, "In response to customers’ changing needs, we identified a significant market opportunity to create a world-class OMS solution, the TF OMS, by bringing to market a distinct set of integrated applications drawing on the unique strengths of Thomson Financial and LongView Trading."

"As competition among asset management organizations continues to reach new heights, managing performance and improving efficiency are essential to the success of our buy-side clients," said Pascal Xatart, Managing Director, Linedata Services, Inc. "By joining forces with Thomson Financial, we are providing the buy-side community with an innovative and efficient technology solution that streamlines the investment process across all asset types from order analysis through post-trade processing in an easy-to-use, cost-effective environment."