Strategic Financial Solutions Acquires Whittaker Garnier

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Combined company creating alternative investment industry's first comprehensive front and middle office financial solution.

Strategic Financial Solutions, LLC, (SFS) creator of PerTrac, the world’s leading asset allocation and investment analysis software, announced today that it has acquired Whittaker Garnier (WG), the leading provider of contact and information management solutions for the alternative investment industry. Whittaker Garnier’s products will become an integral part of the PerTrac suite of investment management solutions, and will provide investment professionals the industry’s only integrated offering of front and middle financial office solutions. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Since inception in 1998, Whittaker Garnier has grown to serve more than 200 clients globally who collectively manage over $180 billion in assets. The Company’s Microsoft Outlook-based Client Management System (CMS™) provides best-of-breed contact and document management, tracks and facilitates investor communications and reporting, integrates information from back office accounting packages, and provides full investor relations and compliance tools for alternative investment management firms.

“SFS is committed to continuing to be the leading provider of investment management software and information services by providing a comprehensive suite of integrated products” said Gerry Mintz, president and chief executive officer of SFS. “Our clients want integrated workflow products that complement PerTrac, improve their investment management toolset and increase operational efficiencies. By combining the dominant companies in two of the industry’s primary markets, we are providing proven solutions to our customers and have positioned SFS to better satisfy the unique needs of the investment industry. In addition, we are committed to fulfilling a broad spectrum of needs for our clients and will continue to integrate new components into the PerTrac Suite of Investment Management Solution in the future.”

“We are very excited to become part of SFS,” said Daniel Simpson, CEO of Whittaker Garnier. “The recognition, reputation and market share enjoyed by PerTrac was instrumental in our decision to join forces. Both companies are dedicated to improving operational efficiencies for the alternative investment community, and our commitment to continuing that effort is fully aligned. Upon integration of our products, we will have the most comprehensive array of end-to-end products designed specifically for investment professionals, with more to come in future months.”

“Under the leadership of CEO Daniel Simpson, Whittaker Garnier has built a terrific team that has driven the Company’s rapid growth in the past several years,” added Mintz. “We are pleased that every member of the WG team will be joining SFS – they will complement SFS’s already strong and recognized team. Daniel Simpson will play an integral role in the combined company as Managing Director and Head of Global Sales.”

Whittaker Garnier’s contact, document and information management products are widely used across all segments of the alternative investment industry in both Europe and North America. The Company’s strong European client and operations base brings local support and expertise to SFS’s substantial and growing client base in Europe, and its Hong Kong operations will supplement SFS’s existing Japanese operations.

The acquisition follows almost exactly six months after Insight Venture Partners and Salmon River Capital completed the acquisition of SFS. Both investment firms participated in this transaction.

About Strategic Financial Solutions, LLC

Strategic Financial Solutions offers a comprehensive suite of software and information solutions for investment professionals. Headquartered in New York, with offices and representatives in London, Tokyo, Atlanta, Nashville, Reno and Memphis, the company’s flagship product, PerTrac, is the world’s leading asset allocation and investment analysis software. This state-of-the-art tool offers the most complete array of statistical measurements available, combined with portfolio construction, optimization, efficient frontier, peer and style analysis, retirement planning and Monte Carlo simulation capabilities. Once the analysis is complete, users can quickly create and generate a variety of reports, graphs and marketing materials. Investment data is readily available in PerTrac format from a wide variety of outside sources on a wealth of investment vehicles, including hedge funds, CTAs, mutual funds and separately managed accounts. Now an industry standard, PerTrac is used by more than 1,500 clients in 45 countries, including banks, brokerage firms, consultants, plan sponsors, family offices, investment managers and funds of funds. Founded in 1996 by industry veterans Milt Baehr and Frank Smith, SFS was purchased in July, 2005 by Insight Venture Partners. For additional information on the full suite of SFS products, please visit http://www.pertrac.com.

About Whittaker Garnier

Whittaker Garnier is the leading provider of Investor and Contact Relationship Management solutions for the alternative investment industry, including Hedge Funds, Fund of Funds, Fund Administrators, Capital Introduction Groups and Prime Brokers. In business since 1998, WG has over 200 clients globally that use CMS, its powerful, Microsoft Outlook-based system that provides contact management, tracks and facilitates investor communications and reporting, integrates back office accounting packages and provides full investor relations and compliance for alternative investment firms. For more information on WG, please visit http://www.wgcms.com.

Contact:

Meredith Jones, Director of Market Research+1 (615) 226-3575

Strategic Financial Solutions, LLC

http://www.pertrac.com

Mark Weller, Director of European Sales, +44 (0) 207 651-0814

Whittaker-Garnier Ltd.

http://www.wgcms.com    

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