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OTR Global

September 21, 2010 09:33 ET

OTR Global Enters Into Exclusive Distribution Agreement With Assay Research

Leading Channel Checking Firm to Partner With Premier Forensic Accounting Solution

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - September 21, 2010) -  OTR Global LLC ("OTR"), Wall Street's leading provider of channel checks and high-touch trading for institutional investors, announced a distribution agreement with Assay Research LLC ("Assay"), an independent research firm providing quality-of-earnings analysis to professional money managers. This partnership represents a complementary alignment of two firms that share the common aim of providing asset managers with unbiased, in-depth intelligence on publicly traded and private companies beyond typical Wall Street research.

The aim is to provide clients with a greater level of conviction in their investment decision-making by offering two high-quality, independent research products side by side while maintaining the integrity of each firm's independent findings and methodology. Shared clients will be able to leverage OTR's channel checks and custom research to investigate opportunities signaled by forensic analysis and to apply Assay's expertise in forensics to evaluate inflection points uncovered in OTR's marketplace findings. Unlike other research platforms requiring clients to deal with several vendors, OTR will lead the servicing for both products and offer payment options through OTR's trading desk. 

"Assay's financial expertise is a perfect fit for OTR's channel intelligence. We feel strongly that quality information will become more critical in the years ahead. Over time, we will be able to offer clients increased visibility and even greater conviction into their investment decision-making," said Stanton Green, President and CEO of OTR Global. "OTR shares two fundamental values with Assay: a mission to provide high-quality, unbiased intelligence and our like-minded grassroots cultures. In our due-diligence process, clients named Assay as one of the highest quality forensic analysis firms."

"We are excited about partnering with OTR Global, a pioneer in marketplace checks. OTR shares our passion for uncovering the truth and delivering an alternative, unbiased and intellectually honest perspective to a select group of clients, and the firm sets the industry standard by striving to consistently deliver best-in-class research," said Mark Hamel, Principal and Analyst of Assay Research. "We believe channel intelligence and quality-of-earnings analysis strongly complement one another and that coupling the experience and skill of Assay and OTR will provide powerful insights to our clients in their investment processes."

OTR Global provides comprehensive industry coverage across four platforms -- Consumer/Retail, Cyclicals, Healthcare and Technology/Media/Telecom -- in the form of syndicated research, custom work, editor visits, conference services, events and 24/7 web access. OTR Global's sales and trading operations are headquartered in New York with additional sales and research offices in Boston, San Francisco, Shanghai and Germany. The balance of OTR Global's team of more than 200 investigative journalists work virtually in the local markets they cover throughout North America, South America, Europe and Asia. 

Assay Research was founded in 2003 by five analysts with extensive experience in performing in-depth accounting and fundamental research. The firm's mission is to provide the most comprehensive, best-in-class earnings quality-related research to its clients. Each of the five founders, all CFA Charterholders, has been working in the forensic accounting field for over a decade. The team primarily focuses on the healthcare, technology, telecom, consumer, retail and industrial sectors.

About OTR Global LLC
OTR Global is the world's largest channel checker to institutional investors and a leading provider of primary intelligence. Since 1995, OTR Global has been using investigative journalism techniques to extract information that often signals inflection points before they are widely known. OTR conducts more than 35,000 in-depth source interviews per year. OTR Global's agency trading desk offers best-execution services with a focus on the intelligence delivered via OTR's research services. Visit http://www.otrglobal.com 

About Assay Research LLC
Assay Research is an independent research firm providing quality-of-earnings analysis to professional money managers. Assay focuses on a company's financial statements and accounting policies in order to provide insight beyond the reports of Wall Street investment banks. Assay Research seeks to identify whether or not companies are using aggressive accounting practices, and other questionable maneuvers, to conceal fundamental deterioration or other weaknesses in their businesses. Assay was founded in 2003 and is headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia. Visit www.assayresearch.com

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