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Bank of Bermuda opens San Francisco operation

Bank of Bermuda's Global Fund Services (GFS) division is expanding its global network of offices with a new office in San Francisco.

The office will be headed by Scott Epstein, currently Vice President and Senior Client Services Manager for Bank of Bermuda (New York) Limited. Epstein has over 11 years of experience in the investment industry and has been a key member within GFS's Alliance Partner technology program with Advent Software.

He was previously a Vice President at Sanford C. Bernstein & Co., Inc.- Investment Research and Management where he was responsible for overseeing the operations on various investment products totaling over USD 13 billion.

Commenting on the new office, Epstein said: "The hedge fund industry on the West Coast has experienced rapid growth. It is essential that we have a full presence in a vibrant market of this size in order to continue to provide global solutions to our client base."

Paul Smith, Head of Bank of Bermuda's Global Fund Services division, said: "Together with Japan and South Africa, this is the third office we have opened this year and demonstrates a clear commitment to the expansion of our global network to provide solutions to the world's alternative asset industry. San Francisco is a vital part of that industry and is also strategic to us in our desire to further develop our US domestic business."

Global Fund Services (San Francisco) Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Bank of Bermuda (which is in the process of being acquired by HSBC), aims to provide a "complete range of fund administration services to the alternative investment industry on the West Coast. The San Francisco office will support the California & West Coast intermediaries and clients at a local level, creating close relationships and developing an intimate knowledge of client needs".

Building upon the expertise within the Bank's New York office, which provides fund services to both US and offshore alternatives managers, the San Francisco office will offer specialised fund accounting and valuation services utilising the Advent Geneva platform, complex tax calculations and investor services for domestic partnerships, utilising Advent Partner software and offshore investor services through Koger NTAS. In addition, clients of the San Francisco office are also expected to benefit from a variety of new modular technology solutions currently underway.

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