Chris Brooke joins Westchester Associates

Westchester strengthened with addition of Financial Services specialist Chris Brooke

LONDON – February 7, 2005 – Westchester Associates Limited is very pleased to announce that Financial Services technology industry specialist Chris Brooke has joined Westchester as a Director.

Chris brings to Westchester over 16 years of experience in the Financial Services technology sector including responsibility for a series of successful acquisitions, divestitures and investments across a broad range of Financial Services sectors.

In addition to his extensive M&A experience, having successfully completed a number of transactions during his career, Chris also brings to Westchester extensive experience and expertise in Financial Services related software and technology services. Most recently, Chris served as the Executive Director of business and corporate development for COR Financial Solutions Ltd, a fast growing software and services company focused in the asset management and banking sectors. Furthermore, Chris has been responsible during his career for the conception and development of a number of successful financial software product offerings. Chris is degree qualified and holds an MBA from Edinburgh University together with a Securities Institute Corporate Finance Certificate. He has served on the boards of several companies.

Jeffrey Jenner, founder and Principal of Westchester commented, "we are delighted that Chris Brooke is joining Westchester and his addition to our expanding business will further strengthen our team and our already extensive expertise in the Financial Services technology sectors in both Europe and North America". Jenner went on to add, "I believe that his background and experience in both technology businesses and M&A projects is the perfect fit for Westchester, as that experience profile is the basis of the Westchester technology M&A advisory practice".

Adding to these comments, Chris Brooke stated, "I am excited to be joining Westchester and expect to make a significant contribution to the services we offer to our clients. Westchester has a very respected and well-known name in the Technology M&A field in the UK and in the USA. I am excited by the prospect of being able to participate fully in the development of the firm and delivering successful transactions for our clients".

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