Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff mutual fund practice focuses upon representation of smaller mutual funds and fund groups. We are involved in all aspects of the organization and SEC registration of mutual funds, including fund entity organization, handling of the SEC registration process and drafting of fund prospectuses and all fund agreements. We also represent mutual funds in all aspects of securities law compliance, including annual updating of prospectuses, preparation of proxy statements and counseling about Rule 12b-1 distribution plans, SEC inspections of mutual funds and responsibilities of fund directors. We pride ourselves on our ability to deliver high-quality legal counseling in a cost-effective manner. For further information, visit our web site at www.bfca.com or call Michael J. Meaney, Partner, at 216-363-4436.
Boston Financial Data Services, Inc. provides a broad range of financial product services in support of our mutual fund and stock transfer clients. These services include shareholder record keeping and servicing, telemarketing and fulfillment processing and related communications support to mutual funds, insurance companies and other publicly held corporations. Since our formation in 1973, we have consistently focused on transfer agent and related services with a singular goal of quality coupled with creativity and cost efficiencies. Contact Paul O’Neil, Senior Vice President, 617-328-5000; web site www.bostonfinancial.com.
Brown, Cummins & Brown Co., L.P.A. is a business practice law firm with particular focus on counseling of clients in the investment services area. The firm, founded in 1935, has eight attorneys in active legal practice, with expertise in investment company law that is unique in the Cincinnati area. We first provided legal services to investment companies in 1974, when we helped set up one of the first ten money market funds in the country. Our client base since has expanded to include investment advisers and fund complexes in most major cities nationwide, as well as service representation of all mutual fund groups in Ohio. We authored the Ohio Business Trust Statute, Ohio Revised Code Chapter 1746. Five attorneys specialize in investment company work, with a combined investment company experience of approximately 56 years. Contact Don Mendelsohn, Partner, 513-381-2121.
CAMELOT US INC. offers specialized consulting services to investment advisers to increase assets under management and improve profit margins. CAMELOT US, via a network of investment management and support firms, provides specific solutions for an adviser’s critical needs. CAMELOT Trust Co. provides complete trust services and 401(k)-Profit Sharing plans. Other services include OTiTMEquity & Fixed Income Research and full transfer agent, legal, administrative, and custody services for mutual funds. In addition, CAMELOT US is a discount reseller for computer hardware, software, office products and travel services, which can significantly reduce firm expenses. Contact Byron Aldridge, President, 770-487-5454, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, web site www.otiresearch.com.
The 401-(k) Association, administrator of the Council’s 401(k) plan form small businesses, is an advocacy group founded by Ted Benna, creator of the 401(k) retirement savings plan. The Association provides sales, consultation, and administrative support to small companies through the low cost 401(k) plan offered by the 100% No-Load Mutual Fund Council. The Council plan features the pure no-load funds of Council members and a low annual administrative fee, providing an economical, high quality alternative for small businesses just starting a 401-k plan. Contact Ted Benna, President, 814-435-1300.
Global Investment Systems Ltd. – Product Profile:
MFACTSM , the Mutual Fund Accounting system originally developed by Price Waterhouse meets the investment management, portfolio accounting, daily NAV calculation, and regulatory compliance and reporting needs for any organization responsible for the management or administration of registered investment companies (mutual funds). MFACT is a 32-bit Windows 95/NT application developed utilizing Borland’s Delphi object oriented programming environment and the Advantage Client/Server Database. MFACT provides a high level of automation and functional integration, combining user flexibility with strong operational and audit controls. MFACT provides full support for multi-currency and foreign exchange accounting and operations. MFACT supports multi-class share accounting. MFACT is a proven system with over 80 installations in the U.S., Caribbean and Europe.
MSHARESM is our new Shareholder Accounting (Transfer Agent) system. MSHARE is designed and developed utilizing the latest “state-of-the-art” system architecture and technology. MSHARE is a powerful, full client-server system allowing users to enjoy the flexibility and inherent benefits afforded by 32-bit Windows 95/NT and PC-based platforms.
G.R.G. Consulting provides administrative services including fund accounting, legal and distribution services. The staff at G.R.G. has many years of experience in the mutual fund industry, and specializes in consulting start-up companies. Contact, George Gaspari, President 718-793-2995.
KPMG’s Investment Management Services Group is a leading provider of services to diversified financial services firms, investment managers, banks, pension managers, open and closed-end mutual funds, unit investment trusts, common trust funds, private investment partnerships, hedge funds and offshore funds. In the US, KPMG partners and professionals deliver a wide range of consulting, assurance, and tax services to the investment management community. We follow a holistic engagement philosophy using multi-disciplinary teams of industry-knowledgeable professionals. Key focus areas include mutual funds and asset management, retirement services, retail investor services and securities services. Globally, the International Investment Management Services Network serves clients through local teams of industry-experienced professionals residing in over 60 countries and jurisdictions, concentrating on the wide range of issues faced today by investment management firms operating around the world. For more information or referral to a partner in your area, please contact Kathy L. Anderson, Partner, National Industry Leader (212) 872-5979 or Wm. David Seymour, Partner, (212) 872-5988, web site www.us.kpmg.com/fs.
McCurdy & Associates CPA’s Inc. We are a CPA firm that specializes in mutual funds and broker dealers. Our staff of experienced professionals has been providing auditing, tax, SEC compliance, and consulting services to the industry since 1983. We are large enough to provide the expertise and experience you need, but small enough to provide an unparalleled level of service. We are a reasonably priced alternative to the larger national firms. Contact James McCurdy, President, 440-835-8500, e-mail address email@example.com; web sitewww.mccurdycpa.com.
Merrill Corporation’s Investment Company Services Sector is a leading provider of paper and electronic document and information management services worldwide. Merrill offers a Total Solution – the industry’s most complete menu of integrated services. Whether you need cutting-edge document software, high-quality printing or assistance with electronic filing, Merrill has the specialists and the technology to make every detail go smoothly. And, as the industry makes the transition from paper to electronic documentation, only Merrill has the expertise and commitment to continually bring you tomorrow’s solution. Contact Roy Gross, Vice President, 212-229-6602, www.merrillcorp.com.
Mutual Shareholder Services (MSS) is a transfer agent specializing in new, small and mid sized mutual funds. MSS provides fund accounting, pricing, transfer agent, shareholder services, and Edgar support. Software developed and used at MSS is Y2-K compliant and has been operational for approximately 14 years. We challenge you to find another shareholder servicing/accounting firm that will beat our rates! For further assistance and/or more information about MSS please call Gregory Getts at (216) 687-1000.
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP PricewaterhouseCoopers is the leading provider of accounting, assurance, business advisory, tax and consulting services to investment management organizations, their funds and service providers in the United States and around the world. Our Investment Management Industry Group offers assistance in areas such as product development and introduction, risk management, investment performance verification, regulatory compliance reviews, market entry analysis and systems integration. We audit more than 2,900 mutual funds in the U.S., giving us the leading market share of 45% based on data provided by Lipper Analytical Services, Inc. For more information contact: Peter Drotch 617-439-7345, firstname.lastname@example.org; or Allen Goldstein 212-596-8133 email@example.com or visit our web site at www.pwcglobal.com
The National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA) founded in 1983, is the largest national not-for-profit association of comprehensive “fee-only” financial advisors. Its mission is to advance the practice of comprehensive “fee-only” financial planning to advisors, and to promote public awareness of the advantages of “fee-only” financial planning. All members are registered as investment advisors with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and /or their respective states. NAPFA members are prohibited from receiving any type of product related compensation, including sales commissions. They recommend only those investments and financial products appropriate for each client. Contact, Ellen Turf, 847-537-7722, www.napfa.org.
Star Bank, N.A. is uniquely positioned to provide a diverse menu of custody, cash management, and securities processing services to our mutual fund clients throughout the 21st Century and beyond. Our uniquely qualified staff is committed and skilled in modern technological advances to deliver customized and superior services to our clients. By using this electronic information technology, we provide computerized access to portfolio and cash accounts. Star Bank is a direct participant of DTC and the FED. In addition we offer leverage/redemption lines of credit, securities lending and global custody. We deliver on our sterling reputation that we have earned during the 75 years of providing a full complement of custody and banking services. Contact Larry Woodcock, Vice President Institutional Custody Sales, 513-632-4603.
State Street Bank and Trust Company provides custody, accounting and administration services to domestic mutual funds, and to international and offshore funds through its Luxembourg, Toronto and Cayman offices. The Bank offers a broad array of products and services collectively named Global Horizon including: portfolio, general ledger and multi-currency accounting; stock lending; global cash management; daily pricing and compliance reporting; as well as shareholder services through it’s subsidiary Boston Financial Credit Services. Contact Wendy LeBonte, Sr. Vice President, 617-985-5226, www.statestreet.com.