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Orient Capital acquires 50% interest in D.F. King (Europe)

May 28, 2014

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Orient Capital, a global leader in share ownership analysis, equity market intelligence, investor communication, proxy solicitation and shareholder management technology, has acquired a 50% interest in D.F. King (Europe) the London-based, European business of D.F. King & Co, one of the leading and most trusted providers of proxy and other stakeholder services throughout Europe and North America.

This interest has been acquired from American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, LLC (AST), who announced yesterday it has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase the entire operating businesses of D.F. King & Co., Inc. (D.F. King).

David Geddes, Founder and CEO of Orient Capital, commented: “This is a significant development for our European investor relations business which solidifies our trans-Atlantic relationship with AST. Aligning ourselves with a company of the reputation and depth of experience in proxy solicitation as D.F. King, delivers real bench strength to our investor relations offering in Europe.”

“This transaction combines the complementary strengths and expertise of our respective businesses and will have a material positive impact on the European issuer and shareholder services industry,” says John Bibas, Managing Director of D.F. King (Europe).

About Orient Capital and AST

Orient Capital provides investor relations services to over 1,500 of the world’s largest companies in over 20 markets outside North America and is a member of the Link Group, the leading provider of registry services and technology to financial market participants around the globe.

AST and its affiliate, CST Trust Company (CST), form the North American division of the Link Group. Together AST and CST provide comprehensive stock transfer and employee plan services to more than 8,000 public issues and over 5.5 million shareholders. The division serves clients located throughout North America and in over 22 foreign countries, ranging in size from initial public offerings to Fortune 100 companies.

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Source: Business Wire

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