Charles River Development Opens Third Asia-Pacific Office in Melbourne

BURLINGTON, MA & MELBOURNE – August 23, 2004 — Charles River Development (Charles River), a leading provider of financial software and consulting services to the global investment management, banking, pension, and insurance industries, today announced the opening of its third Asia-Pacific office in Melbourne, Australia. The office will serve as the firm’s regional headquarters and offer implementation, consulting, sales support and other professional services to Charles River’s 18 Asia-Pacific clients including Aberdeen Asset Management, BT Financial, Commerce Asset Fund Managers, ING Investment Management, Prudential Asset Management, Queensland Investment Corporation (QIC), and Schroders Investment Management.

"The Asia-Pacific investment management marketplace is growing and we are seeing strong demand for front and middle office infrastructure solutions," said Peter Lambertus, president and CEO at Charles River. "Charles River is committed operationally and financially to the region and we will continue to invest the resources necessary to deliver Asia-Pacific investment managers an award-winning solution that will support and facilitate their growth strategies."

Charles River maintains two additional offices in the region. The Sydney, Australia office focuses on professional services. The Singapore office houses one of the firm’s software development teams as well as implementation and client service professionals. Cameron Field, Managing Director of Asia-Pacific is responsible for all regional operations.

"Charles River IMS offers more features and functions important to the Asia-Pacific financial industry than any other order management system currently available," said Charles River’s Field. "For example, we support direct connections to SWIFTNet FIX and Thomson AutEx, as well as direct FIX connections to key regional brokers including Deutsche Bank, Salomon Smith Barney, and UBS Warburg. We offer support for market-specific yield calculation methods for Fixed Interest instruments and advanced FIX capabilities for order execution, which is increasingly gaining momentum in the region. In addition, our local development staff allows us to quickly add functional enhancements and customize Charles River IMS to meet regional requirements as they arise and evolve."

"Melbourne is a strong, dynamic financial centre and many of the region’s investment management and insurance organizations have operations here," continued Field. "Our new facility puts us in the best possible position to serve the needs of local firms with a proven product backed by a dedicated professional services group."

Charles River IMS Comprehensive Investment Management Capabilities

Charles River IMS is an integrated front and middle-office software suite for portfolio management (Charles River Manager), order management and trading (Charles River Trader), and real-time securities compliance monitoring (Charles River Compliance).

Highlights for asset managers in Asia-Pacific include:

· Full modelling, trading and compliance support for 24/7 operations and all security types including equities, options, fixed income, money market, futures, foreign exchange, and derivatives

· Global compliance rule libraries with over 1,000 standard compliance rules covering the U.S. SEC 1940 Act including Rule 2a-7, UK FSA, Japan ITA, Canada NI 81-102, UCITS 1,2,3, German KAGG, France AMF and many more. User-friendly, GUI-driven functions facilitate configuration of complicated user-defined rules

· Support for commonly used FIX message types, including List messages, IOIs (Indications Of Interest) and Qualified/Foreign Investor IDs

· Certified regional FIX connections to brokers

· Support for many yield calculation methods for securities like Australian Fixed Interest instruments

· FIX-based interface for order execution

For more information, please contact Cameron Field, Managing Director, Asia Pacific.

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