DSTi Celebrates 10 Years in Asia

London – DST International (DSTi), the leader in business solutions for the financial services industry, is pleased to announce that 2006 marks its 10th year of having full and comprehensive local operations in Asia. In 1996, DSTi opened offices in Hong Kong, Singapore and Bangkok, Thailand. In 2003, DSTi opened its first China office based in Shanghai. This year, DSTi opened yet another new office in Jakarta, Indonesia and across these five offices we now employ in excess of 500 staff.

DSTi has invested significantly in its Asian infrastructure and has the largest localised operation of any investment management solutions provider operating in the region. In each of its offices in Asia DSTi maintains dedicated sales, consultancy and support teams. DSTi’s staff are fully trained on all of our solutions, are multi-lingual and understand the local culture, investment environment and business practices. DSTi’s local support centres are part of an international support infrastructure and have full access to global expertise and online support knowledge databases.

DSTi has invested millions of US dollars in its products in order to meet the unique requirements of the various Asian markets. Key enhancements to the solutions include:

. Thai Bond Processing
. Asian Languages Support
. Islamic Bond Processing
. China Instrument Coverage
. Enhancements to meet various domestic regulatory, tax and accounting requirements.

Ten years later, DSTi has 120 clients in 13 countries in the Asia region across all supported solutions. Recent contract awards include:

. Prudential Asset Management, Vietnam
. Bank of Communications Trustee, Hong Kong
. First State Investments, Hong Kong
. Huatai Asset Management, China
. AVIVA-COFCO Life Insurance, China
. Heng An Standard Life Insurance, China
. Bangkok Bank, Thailand
. Standard Chartered Bank, Thailand
. DBS Bank, Singapore
. PT First State Investments, Indonesia

Rhonda Lepsch, DSTi’s Chief Executive Office for Asia, who was instrumental in the set-up of all of the Asia offices comments: “It has been such an honour and very exciting to have participated in DSTi’s growth in Asia over the past ten years. When we began operating in Asia we quickly realised that it was diverse and complex region and in order to significantly increase market share we would have to extensively develop our local infrastructure. We have done this and ten years later our list of 120 supported clients in the region across 13 countries attests to our success. DSTi has continued to invest in Asia over the past 10 years, even through the difficult years of the Asian Economic Crisis and regional downturns as we have always believed in the long-term growth prospects of the region. Our mission is to continue to expand into new countries and secure new client names by providing world-class solutions and the highest levels of service and support to the Asian financial services industry.”

DSTi has not stopped its expansion and is constantly evaluating new country offices. A further office is planned for Beijing, China in 2007.

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