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Northern Trust Corporation : Northern Trust named Best Administrator for UCITS Funds at 2012 HFMWeek European Hedge Fund Services Awards

04/20/2012 | 10:29am US/Eastern
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Northern Trust named Best Administrator for UCITS Funds at 2012 HFMWeek European Hedge Fund Services Awards

LONDON, April 20, 2012 -

Northern Trust (Nasdaq: NTRS) has been named Best Administrator for UCITS funds at HFMWeek magazine's European Hedge Fund Services Awards, for the second consecutive year.

The 2012 Awards, which took place in London in March, recognised companies that outperformed their peer group in 2011. The annual awards are judged quantitatively and qualitatively to assess financial progress, growth and genuine innovation.

Northern Trust was also 'highly commended' in the category for best administrator with over US$30billion in assets under administration, for funds of hedge funds.

Northern Trust was selected from a short list by a panel of judges comprising senior level industry professionals, who said, "Northern Trust was a worthy and clear winner that stood out for its quality of service and strong UCITS expertise."

"We are delighted to win this award for the second year in a row, as it shows that not only our clients, but also independent industry professionals, recognise Northern Trust's leadership in supporting UCITS hedge funds, and our continued commitment to this specialist sector of the market," said Peter Sanchez, chief executive officer, Northern Trust Hedge Fund Services.

"Investor demand for UCITS-compliant hedge funds continues to rise and fund managers want a provider that can deliver world class, innovative fund administration and custody services," Sanchez said. "We continue to invest in our service offering and are enhancing our front, middle and back office services to clients. In the last 12 months, Northern Trust has continued to automate processes that, typically, remain manual in the industry as a whole.  For example, we've launched a fully-integrated, leading compliance-monitoring system that can handle both UCITS IV restrictions and prospectus rules, and we've brought together expertise from across our broader organisation to create a tax-efficient solution for the new UCITS IV master/feeder structure - an important provision in the UCITS IV Directive."

Northern Trust's hedge fund administration capabilities were enhanced in 2011 with the acquisition of Omnium LLC, a specialist, global hedge fund administrator. Northern Trust's existing hedge fund administration activities and Omnium LLC have been brought together under Northern Trust Hedge Fund Services. Key milestones in the integration of the two businesses have been reached and Northern Trust continues to win new clients.

Northern Trust provides fund administration and global custody services to clients investing in a range of alternative asset classes - including hedge funds, funds of funds, real estate and private equity - as well as traditional and exchange-traded funds. Northern Trust provides a comprehensive range of UCITS hedge fund services from its specialist servicing centres in Ireland and Luxembourg, supported by its wider network and  teams in North America, Asia Pacific and the Middle East. Services include: fund launch project management; fund administration; custody; banking; trustee; corporate reporting; value at risk (VaR) calculation and oversight; and compliance analytics to support risk management requirements.

As of 31 December 2011, Northern Trust had more than US $170 billion in assets under administration for hedge funds and funds of hedge funds.

About Northern Trust

Northern Trust Corporation (Nasdaq: NTRS) is a leading provider of investment management, asset and fund administration, banking solutions and fiduciary services for corporations, institutions and affluent individuals worldwide. Northern Trust, a financial holding company based in Chicago, has offices in 18 U.S. states and 16 international locations in North America, Europe, the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific region. As of March 31, 2012, Northern Trust had assets under custody of US$4.6 trillion, and assets under investment management of US$716.5 billion. For more than 120 years, Northern Trust has earned distinction as an industry leader in combining exceptional service and expertise with innovative products and technology. For more information, visit www.northerntrust.com or follow us on Twitter @NorthernTrust.

The material within and any linked material accessed via this communication is directed to eligible counterparties and professional clients only and should not be distributed to or relied upon by retail investors. For Asia Pacific markets, it is directed to institutional investors, expert investors and professional investors only and should not be relied upon by retail investors.

Northern Trust (Guernsey) Limited, Northern Trust Fiduciary Services (Guernsey) Limited, and Northern Trust International Fund Administration Services (Guernsey) Limited are licensed by the Guernsey Financial Services Commission. Northern Trust International Fund Administrators (Jersey) Limited and Northern Trust Fiduciary Services (Jersey) Limited are regulated by the Jersey Financial Services Commission. Northern Trust International Fund Administration Services (Ireland) Limited, Northern Trust Securities Services (Ireland) Limited and Northern Trust Fiduciary Services (Ireland) Limited are regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland. Northern Trust Global Services Limited has a Luxembourg Branch, which is authorised and regulated by the Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier (CSSF). Northern Trust Luxembourg Management Company S.A. is regulated by the Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier (CSSF). Northern Trust Global Investments Limited has a Netherlands branch, which is authorised by the Financial Services Authority and subject to regulation in the Netherlands by the Autoriteit Financiële Markten. Northern Trust Global Services Limited has a Netherlands Branch, which is authorised and regulated in the Netherlands by De Nederlandsche Bank. Northern Trust Global Investments Limited has a Sweden branch, which is authorised by the Financial Services Authority and subject to regulation in Sweden by the Finansinspektionen. Northern Trust Global Services Ltd (UK) Sweden Filial is authorised by the Financial Services Authority and subject to regulation by the Finansinspektionen. Northern Trust Global Services Limited operates in Abu Dhabi as a Representative Office. Our registered office is authorised and regulated by the Central Bank of the United Arab Emirates. The Northern Trust Company operates in Australia as a foreign authorised deposit-taking institution (foreign ADI)and is regulated by the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority. The Northern Trust Company has a branch in China regulated by the China Banking Regulatory Commission. The Northern Trust Company of Hong Kong Limited is regulated by the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission. Northern Trust Global Investments Japan, K.K. is regulated by the Japan Financial Services Agency. The Northern Trust Company has a Singapore Branch, which is a foreign wholesale bank regulated by the Monetary Authority of Singapore. The Northern Trust Company operates in Canada as The Northern Trust Company, Canada Branch, which is an authorised foreign bank branch under the Bank Act (Canada). Trustee related services in Canada are provided by the wholly owned subsidiary The Northern Trust Company, Canada, an authorised trust company under the Trust & Loans Companies Act (Canada). Deposits with The Northern Trust Company and its affiliates and subsidiaries are not insured by the Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation.

IRS CIRCULAR 230 NOTICE: To the extent that this message or any attachment concerns tax matters, it is not intended to be used and cannot be used by a taxpayer for the purpose of avoiding penalties that may be imposed by law.http://www.northerntrust.com/circular230.

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