Fimat Strengthens its Alternative Investment Offerings

Key Biscayne, FL - February 09, 2004 - In an effort to further bolster services to the hedge fund industry, Fimat Group, one of the world's leading global brokerage organizations and part of Société Générale Group, announced today at the Managed Funds Association Network 2004 that it has consolidated its alternative investment offerings under a single brand - Alternative Investment Solutions (AIS).

Building on Fimat's already strong presence in the alternative investment community, Fimat AIS will enhance the breadth of services that Fimat provides to hedge fund market participants by offering more efficient means to facilitate their trading and administrative strategies worldwide.

"By leveraging the expertise of our alternative investment services available throughout the Group into a single brand, we remain true to our role as a centralized provider of a broad range of global brokerage activities, including execution, clearing, settlement, and custody," said Patrice Blanc, Chairman and CEO of Fimat Group. "By creating a common recognition for the distribution of our alternative investment offerings, Fimat's clients will be able to take greater advantage of the market synergies that exist between the US, Europe, and Asia."

Fimat AIS combines the products, services and expertise previously offered throughout Fimat and more specifically by its NY- and UK-based prime brokerage teams, respectively headed by Stephan Solomon and Marc Cohen (Fimat Financial Services Group) and Philippe Teilhard de Chardin (Fimat Global Fund Services Group).

Under the new name Fimat will offer hedge fund managers, commodity trading advisors (CTAs), futures industry managers, and other hedge fund market groups a full suite of brokerage services, from execution and risk management to clearing and settlement.

"As trading strategies grow increasingly more complex, providing clients with a wide range of value-added, yet tailored, services remains our number one priority," said Stephan Solomon.

Philippe Teilhard de Chardin noted that in addition to complimenting the foreign exchange focus and experience in capital introductions of the New York team, the London team will contribute an extensive background in investment portfolios, a wealth of managers and investors relationships as well as a large knowledge base in multi assets / multi instruments execution, clearing, settlement, financing, risk-management and reporting.

"By extending the reach of our coverage to Asia as well, we are responding to an increasingly global demand for which Fimat is ideally placed to fulfill the needs. The considerable investments made to date in our specialist service delivery platform for securities and derivatives portfolios will provide managers and investors alike with innovative solutions under a common brand so the group is positioned as the partner of choice by the alternative investment community," said Philippe Teilhard de Chardin.

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