Baring Asset Management Rolls Out Minerva to Asia

London, 25th November 2002 - Baring Asset Management has extended its use of Minerva, LatentZero's order management and trading system to its Hong Kong, Boston and Tokyo offices. Baring Asset Management now runs Minerva across all the time zones in which its offices are located, taking full advantage of the product's real-time global order management capability.

Baring Asset Management uses Minerva to run a single global order book that is passed between the two dealing desks in London and Hong Kong. Minerva is also available for enquiry in Tokyo, where local equity investment management is carried out; and Boston, where local equity and bond investment management and order generation are conducted. This allows traders to respond quickly and efficiently to fund managers' trading requirements round the clock.

Owing to its ability to transmit orders electronically to Baring's principle counterparties over the Financial Information Exchange (FIX) Protocol, Minerva plays a key part in Baring Asset Management's Straight Thorough Processing (STP) strategy, ensuring that orders once generated can continue to pass efficiently, and without manual intervention, through to execution in the market.

The product operates from a single server at Baring's headquarters in London, which minimises support and management costs.

"Minerva has enabled us to develop a highly sophisticated and efficient global order management operation," said Paul Savage, Director and Head of Marketing Activity for Baring Asset Management. "The availability of FIX connectivity has allowed us to remove further manual steps in the investment process at the order placement and execution stage. In addition we have better visibility of the real time status of orders. A single global system naturally improves global communications between our offices and we are now better able to process orders quickly and efficiently, aiding trade implementation performance. The end result is that we have set new standards of service for Baring Asset Management's clients."

Baring Asset Management also uses Sentinel, LatentZero's pre- and post-trade global compliance checking system. Sentinel is used by many of the world's leading asset management firms.

About LatentZero

LatentZero is an international business specialising in front office portfolio management, trading and compliance technology products for asset management companies.

Minerva is our 24x7 global order management and trading system. It is a truly real-time platform, with highly configurable workflows and tradescreens designed to fully support trading of all instrument types (equity, debt, money market, mutual funds, derivatives and currency). Minerva offers full FIX (Financial Information eXchange) support, easy integration with exchanges, ECNs and various liquidity sources, and will work seamlessly with any other front, middle or back office technology.

Sentinel is our market-leading pre-trade and post-trade, real-time compliance management system that checks for breaches of client, company and regulatory rules. It enables asset managers to demonstrate robust risk management controls and performance monitoring to even the most demanding clients and regulators. Sentinel can manage complex portfolios with a wide range of instruments, while our rule libraries cover every major regulator and are second to none.

The key to the strength and quality of our products is our people. We have extensive knowledge of the asset management industry and the way it is changing. Our management team has distilled this understanding into product excellence.