Canadian Stock Transfer Company Inc.

Canadian Stock Transfer Company Inc.

March 14, 2012 09:30 ET

AST and CST Enter the Global Share Alliance Formed by Equiniti, Link Market Services and Tricor

NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK, and TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 14, 2012) - American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, LLC (AST) and its partner Canadian Stock Transfer Company Inc. (CST), leading providers of registry services in North America, announced today their entrance into the Global Share Alliance (GSA), which was formed in June 2011 by Equiniti in the U.K., Link Market Services in Australia and Hong Kong-based Tricor.

The GSA now represents more than 40 million shareholders worldwide and serves global businesses that require share registration and employee share plan services in multiple territories using a common international platform. The Alliance also supports global corporate actions and provides common management information and reporting services.

"This strategic relationship is a natural extension of our North American presence and global reach as part of the Link Group network," said Mark C. Healy, President and Chief Executive Officer of AST and CST. "Global issuers need superior service at the best price, and the GSA leverages our broad offerings, industry experts, leading technology and top-ranked customer service model."

"Our clients require best-of-breed solutions - whether it's our long history of excellence in our core registry services, deep expertise in proxy and governance advisory solutions, or seamless execution with our employee plan platform," remarked Tom Kies, EVP of Sales and Relationship Management in North America. "The GSA directly complements our focus to provide global resources, local service and customized solutions to our clients, shareholders and investors around the world."

About AST and CST

American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, LLC (AST) and its partner Canadian Stock Transfer (CST) form the North American division of the Link Group. Based in New York and Toronto, AST and CST are leading providers of registry services and technology to financial market participants throughout North America and in more than 22 countries. The division provides comprehensive stock transfer and employee plan services to over 8,000 public issues and approximately 5.5 million shareholders, ranging in size from initial public offerings to Fortune 100 companies.

AST was founded in 1971, and the organization has expanded beyond their core registry and equity plan solutions through strategic investments over the past two years. AST and CST provide fully integrated, comprehensive services including corporate proxy solicitation and advisory solutions, information agent, mutual fund proxy solicitation and advisory solutions, shareholder identification, asset recovery, and investment management offerings including online retail brokerage.

More information about AST and CST is available at www.amstock.com and www.canstockta.com.

About Link Market Services Limited

Link Market Services Limited (Link) is Australia's leading premium provider of registry and financial services, managing over 10 million account records, over 1,000 ASX securities and over $500 billion in investments. Link provides services to over 80% of the S&P/ASX 100 and is part of the Link Group network of companies.

Link's suite of services are comprehensive, incorporating core registry and capital market services, as well as various specialist functions including the provision of employee plan solutions, company secretarial services, shareholder analytic and communication solutions. The Link Group of companies services its clients seamlessly from its offices in Australia, North America, the United Kingdom, France, South Africa, New Zealand, Hong Kong, India and Papua New Guinea.

For more information on Link, please visit www.linkmarketservices.com.au.

About Equiniti Limited

Equiniti Limited is the UK's leading provider of share registration, retail investor services and employee benefits, acting for around 50% of the FTSE 100 companies and 40% of the FTSE 250. Equiniti is responsible for 17 million shareholder accounts and over 1 million employees.

It is part of the Equiniti Group which, with over 1,700 clients and combined revenues of over £300 million per annum, is a leading specialist provider of pensions administration, employee benefits, payments expertise, share registration services, employee share plan administration and business process outsourcing solutions.

For more information on Equiniti, please visit www.equiniti.com.

About Tricor Group

Tricor Group, a member of The Bank of East Asia Group, is a global provider of integrated Business, Corporate and Investor Services. Tricor operates from 27 cities in 15 countries/territories, with offices in Hong Kong (head office), Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Brunei, Dubai UAE, India, Indonesia, Japan, Labuan, Macau, Mainland China, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and the United Kingdom.

Our professional specialists provide a comprehensive range of services including: Accounting; China Entry & Consulting; Company Formation, Corporate Governance & Company Secretarial; Executive Search & Human Resources Consulting; Initial Public Offerings & Share Registration; Fund, Payroll, Treasury & Trust Administration; and Management Consulting.

For more information on Tricor, please visit www.tricorglobal.com.

Contact Information

  • American Stock Transfer & Trust Company
    888-267-8625

    Canadian Stock Transfer
    888-402-1644