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March 7th 2011

Announcing our new Hong Kong office.

Derek Adler

We are delighted to announce the opening of our new office in Hong Kong. With the enormous growth potential in the fund administration business in Asia, we are absolutely delighted to seize this opportunity to combine forces with our new business partners and provide a presence in the Asia Pacific region.

We believe it's our dedication to provide bespoke services that suit our clients' and investors' needs rather than the procedures of the fund administrator which will generate huge interest throughout the region. This kind of tailor made service is what the Asian market seeks in a service provider and values as one of the utmost important attributes in a company. A fundamental and key difference that sets ifina apart from its competitors is its complete focus on quality service and response to its clients’ needs. In addition, ifina prides itself on not only servicing institutional clients but is also providing a niche service to the emerging manager.

Post the credit crisis, the financial arena has changed dramatically in the developed markets, and this is no different in the emerging markets of Asia. With the continued economic strength of China, we have seen a significant shift of capital to this region to participate in one of the fastest and largest growing economies in the world. This vast inflow of capital to the East has enabled Hong Kong to become one of the largest hedge fund hubs in Asia.

With the tightening of regulations in global markets, many banks have disbanded their proprietary desks. The outcome of such measures has resulted in many fund managers setting up independent hedge funds. We expect this growth trend to continue, especially in Asia.  This view is supported by one of the largest hedge fund researchers in the industry when they reported that the proportion of hedge fund managers overseeing $50 million or less has grown to 66% of the industry from 57% just over two years ago.

In our opinion, this new generation of fund managers is likely to demand that fund administrators be creative in their product offering and be competitive in their pricing of back office services. We are committed to participating in this evolution and as such we are dedicated to expanding our global network to include the Asian emerging markets. We have developed an excellent reputation for being a solution provider, thus eliminating most of the stresses associated with fund management.

We have an excellent team now in Hong Kong headed up by William Wong and Rosita Lau bringing over 30 years of work experience from the financial and legal markets of Hong Kong, London and Toronto. We strongly believe that their experience, contacts and understanding of the Asian markets and business culture will add tremendous value in this exciting and expanding region.

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