Instinet Launches Transition Management Service in Australia

Sydney - 18 May 2009

Instinet Incorporated, a global leader in electronic trading and agency-only brokerage services, today announced that its Instinet Pacific Limited subsidiary has launched a new transition management offering for the Australian marketplace. Graham Cook, who recently joined the firm as Head of the Portfolio Implementation and Restructuring Group (PIRG), will lead the effort.

“Today’s announcement means the Australian market is now able to access pure agency-only transition management services,” said Cook. “As an agency-only broker, Instinet is free from the inherent conflicts of interest that may encumber other brokers with investment banking, research, proprietary trading and facilitation operations. This is different from ‘agency’ transition managers that claim an absence of conflict by not executing the trades themselves, but in reality are merely separating themselves from the conflict, which then lies with the executing broker and is outside the direct control of the fiduciary employed to manage the transition process.”

The dedicated Portfolio Implementation and Restructuring team will utilise Instinet’s full suite of high-touch to high-frequency trading services – including agency-only sales trading, algorithmic trading, global DMA and a comprehensive trade analytics platform – allowing clients to track every executed trade along with the prevailing market price, in both real time and the final report.

“We believe that this level of transparency is the standard that clients should expect from their fiduciaries if they are to be able to properly judge the quality of the trading and conflict management for which the Transition Manager is responsible,” Cook said.

He continued: “The need to focus on trading costs by investors and service providers alike has been accentuated in the current challenging market environment, with recent evidence suggesting that trading costs around the world have risen. Every basis point saved has a direct impact on the return to super fund members, and the ability to reduce these costs is one of the qualities on which Instinet has built its reputation over its 40-year history.”

Mr. Cook, who joins Instinet from Morgan Stanley, has nearly 20 years’ experience in the financial services industry in the United Kingdom and Australia.

“I’m very excited about the opportunity to develop a unique offering that leverages Instinet’s outstanding capacity to deliver a high-quality trade execution and be fully aligned with our clients’ interests,” he concluded.

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