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LVMH, Catterton And Groupe Arnault Partner To Create L Catterton, The Leading Global Consumer-Focused Private Equity Firm

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GREENWICH, Conn. and PARIS /PRNewswire/ — Catterton, the leading consumer-focused private equity firm, LVMH, the world leader in high-quality products, and Groupe Arnault, the family holding company ofBernard Arnault, announced today that they have entered into an agreement to create L Catterton. The new partnership will combine Catterton’s existing North American and Latin American private equity operations with LVMH and Groupe Arnault’s existing European and Asian private equity and real estate operations, currently conducted under the L Capital and L Real Estate franchises. Under the terms of this agreement, L Catterton will be 60% owned by the partners of L Catterton and 40% jointly owned by LVMH and Groupe Arnault.

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Catterton will become the largest global consumer-focused investment firm with six distinct and complementary fund strategies focusing on consumer buyout and growth investments across North America, Europe, Asia and Latin America, in addition to prime commercial real estate globally. Catterton expects to grow its assets under management to more than $12 billion after various successor funds are closed. With a 27-year history and more than 120 investment and operating professionals in 17 offices across five continents, Catterton will be poised to leverage its unique global network and expertise to partner with consumer businesses in all major consumer markets.

Catterton’s headquarters will be in Greenwich, CT and London, with regional offices across Europe, Asia and Latin America. Catterton will be led by Global Co-CEOs J. Michael Chu and Scott A. Dahnke, currently Managing Partners at Catterton. Each fund will continue to be managed by its own dedicated team in their respective locations across Europe, Asia and the Americas. Detailed descriptions of Catterton and L Capital / L Real Estate are included below.

“We are delighted to partner with Catterton and its team,” said Mr. Arnault, Chairman and CEO of LVMH and Groupe Arnault. “L Catterton will provide investors with a unique value creation platform, bringing together our global network and industry expertise with Catterton’s long-standing operational approach to building value in consumer investments. Having been investors in Catterton’s funds since 1998, we have participated in its growth and success, evidenced by its strong track record and its distinctive culture. I would also like especially to thank Daniel Piette whose entrepreneurship and leadership have been instrumental in creating and developing the L Capital franchise over the past 15 years. I very much look forward to continuing to collaborate with him at LVMH.”

Mr. Chu said, “We are excited to announce this transformative combination and partnership with LVMH and Groupe Arnault. The breadth of our collective expertise will be second to none in the consumer industry, and we look forward to benefitting from the strength and global reach of the team at L Capital and L Real Estate as we continue to seek out investment opportunities with significant growth potential.”

“The globalization of media and technology, combined with increasingly permeable geographic borders, is driving rapid consumer growth on an unprecedented global scale,” said Mr. Dahnke. “Together, Catterton and L Capital will create a global consumer investing franchise with unmatched access to resources in the industry. We expect this combination to further our mission of investing in high growth opportunities in categories with attractive consumer economics.”

The transaction is expected to close early in 2016, subject to customary regulatory and certain investor approvals.

About Catterton
Catterton is the leading consumer-focused private equity firm with a twenty-seven year track record of success in building high growth companies. Since its founding in 1989, Catterton has leveraged its category insight, strategic and operating skills, and network of industry contacts to establish one of the strongest private equity investment track records in the middle market. Catterton invests in all major consumer segments, including Food and Beverage, Retail and Restaurants, Consumer Products and Services, Consumer Health, and Media and Marketing Services. Catterton’s investments include: Restoration Hardware, CorePower Yoga, Sweaty Betty, Outback Steakhouse, Plum Organics, Mendocino Farms, Noodles & Company, PIADA, Hopdoddy, Protein Bar, Bruxie, Snap Kitchen,Frederic Fekkai, PIRCH, Build-A-Bear Workshop, Wellness pet food, Nature’s Variety pet food, Kettle Foods, Odwalla and P.F. Chang’s, to name a few. More information about Catterton can be found at catterton.com.

About L Capital and L Real Estate
L Capital private equity funds invest in leading companies in attractive consumer categories across Europe andAsia, including Beauty and Wellness, Fashion and Accessories, Food and Beverage, Media and Entertainment, and Special Retail. L Capital – Europe, founded in 2001 with strong support from LVMH and Groupe Arnault, is Europe’smost established private equity firm specializing in lifestyle brands and selective retail businesses in Europe. Its headquarters are in Paris with offices in Milan, Madrid and London. L Capital – Asia is the largest consumer-focused private equity firm in Asia, with headquarters in Singapore and regional offices in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Mumbaiand Melbourne. L Real Estate is a unique developer of mixed use projects anchored by luxury retail, with headquarters in Luxembourg and regional offices in Paris, Hong Kong and Miami. L Capital – Europe’s investments include: Nutrition and Sante, Zanotti, Ba&sh, Sandro and Maje, Gant, Cigierre, and Pepe Jeans & Hackett. LCapital – Asia’s investments include: 2XU, Charles & Keith, Marubi, Bateel, Sasseur, Asiaray Media and Emperor Watch and Jewelry. L Real Estate’s investments include Miami Design District and G6 in Ginza – Tokyo.

About LVMH Group
LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton is represented in Fashion and Leather Goods by a portfolio of brands that includes Louis Vuitton, Céline, Loewe, Kenzo, Givenchy, Thomas Pink, Fendi, Emilio Pucci, Donna Karan, Marc Jacobs, Berluti, Nicholas Kirkwood and Loro Piana. Its Wines and Spirits division includes Moët & Chandon, Dom Pérignon, Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin, Krug, Ruinart, Mercier, Château d’Yquem, Domaine du Clos des Lambrays, Château Cheval Blanc, Hennessy, Glenmorangie, Ardbeg, Wenjun, Belvedere, Chandon, Cloudy Bay, Terrazas delos Andes, Cheval des Andes, Cape Mentelle, Newton et Numanthia.

LVMH is present in the Perfumes and Cosmetics sector with Parfums Christian Dior, Guerlain, Parfums Givenchy, Parfums Kenzo, Perfumes Loewe as well as other promising cosmetic companies (BeneFit Cosmetics, Make Up For Ever, Acqua di Parma and Fresh). LVMH is also active in selective retailing as well as in other activities through DFS, Sephora, Le Bon Marché, la Samaritaine and Royal Van Lent. LVMH’s Watches and Jewelry division comprises Bulgari, TAG Heuer, Chaumet, Dior Watches, Zenith, Fred, Hublot and De Beers Diamond Jewellers Ltd, a joint venture created with the world’s leading diamond group.

Contacts:

For Catterton:

Eric Brielmann / Andi Rose / Jon Keehner

Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher

+ 1 212 355 4449

For LVMH, Groupe Arnault and L Capital / L Real Estate:

US

UK

James Fingeroth / Anntal Silver / Molly Morse

Hugh Morrison / Hannah Glynn

+1 212 521 4800

+ 44 773 965 5492

Kekst

France

Italy

Michel Calzaroni / Olivier Labesse / Sonia Fellmann / Hugues Schmitt

Michele Calcaterra / Matteo Steinbach

+33 1 40 70 11 89

+39 335 46 19 85

DGM Conseil

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Catterton
LVMH
Groupe Arnault

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January 7, 2016 at 4:20 pm

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From $600 M to $6 Billion, Artificial Intelligence Systems Poised for Dramatic Market Expansion in Healthcare

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-Commercialized cognitive computing and AI platforms are enabling a new era in data driven decision support, says Frost & Sullivan

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. /PRNewswire/ — Changes in healthcare delivery methods, timelines and payment options are requiring the adoption of innovative tools to manage patient information and make decisions. The need for data mining and decision-making has put artificial intelligence (AI)-enabled solutions at the forefront of the healthcare revolution. AI facilitates greater accessibility, relevancy and actionability of healthcare information.

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New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, Artificial Intelligence & Cognitive Computing Systems in Healthcare(https://www.frost.com/nffe?src=PR), finds the market earned revenues of $633.8 million in 2014 and estimates$6,662.2 billion in 2021 at a compound annual growth rate of 40 percent.

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Clinical support from AI will strengthen medical imaging diagnosis processes. In addition, the use of AI solutions for hospital workflows will enhance care delivery. Overall, AI has the potential to improve outcomes by 30 to 40 percent while cutting treatment costs by as much as 50 percent.

“Already playing a critical role in other industries, AI systems are poised to transform how we think about disease diagnosis and treatment,” said Frost & Sullivan Transformational Health Industry Analyst Harpreet Singh Buttar. “Augmenting the expertise of trained clinicians, AI systems will provide an added layer of decision support capable of helping mitigate oversights or errors in care administration.”

The capacity to extract information from disparate information silos, translate large unstructured data sets, and tools for natural language processing allow AI systems to tackle challenges in care coordination that previously had no other means of recourse.

Further research and fine tuning of the AI engine will facilitate the optimized use of AI systems for both clinical decision support and workflow logistics within hospitals. Selecting the right solution partners and business models will be a critical determinant of success for vendors.

“By 2025, AI systems could be involved in everything from population health management, to digital avatars capable of answering specific patient queries,” noted Buttar. “On a global scale, in regions with high underserved patient populations, AI is expected to play a significant role in democratization of information and mitigating resource burdens.”

Artificial Intelligence & Cognitive Computing Systems in Healthcare is part of the Visionary Healthcare (http://www.frost.com/c/6671427/home.do) Growth Partnership Service program. Frost & Sullivan’s related studies include: Assessing Ultrasound’s Market Potential within Emerging Clinical Points of Care, Care Coordination Software – US Overview and Outlook, Big Data Opportunities in the US Medical Imaging Market, and Executive Outlook of Health, Wellness, and Wellbeing Technologies in the Global Automotive Industry. All studies included in subscriptions provide detailed market opportunities and industry trends evaluated following extensive interviews with market participants.

About Frost & Sullivan

Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Partnership Company, works in collaboration with clients to leverage visionary innovation that addresses the global challenges and related growth opportunities that will make or break today’s market participants.

Our “Growth Partnership” supports clients by addressing these opportunities and incorporating two key elements driving visionary innovation: The Integrated Value Proposition and The Partnership Infrastructure.

  • The Integrated Value Proposition provides support to our clients throughout all phases of their journey to visionary innovation including: research, analysis, strategy, vision, innovation and implementation.
  • The Partnership Infrastructure is entirely unique as it constructs the foundation upon which visionary innovation becomes possible. This includes our 360 degree research, comprehensive industry coverage, career best practices as well as our global footprint of more than 40 offices.

For more than 50 years, we have been developing growth strategies for the global 1000, emerging businesses, the public sector and the investment community. Is your organization prepared for the next profound wave of industry convergence, disruptive technologies, increasing competitive intensity, Mega Trends, breakthrough best practices, changing customer dynamics and emerging economies?

Artificial Intelligence & Cognitive Computing Systems in Healthcare
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Contact:
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Corporate Communications – North America
P: 210.247.2450
F: 210.348.1003
E: kayla.belcher@frost.com

http://www.frost.com

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January 7, 2016 at 4:14 pm

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SCADA Systems Expand Globally with Increasing Energy Requirements

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-Greenfield and brownfield expansions as well as smart grid growth make supervisory control and data acquisition investments a priority

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif./PRNewswire/ — The emergence of global smart grid projects is widening the usage scope of supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems in energy and utility industries. Some of the main areas of application for these systems are outage management, demand forecasting and analytics, and the single biggest market; the electric power industry with a share of 64.3 percent.

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Recent analysis from Frost & Sullivan, Analysis of the Global Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) Systems Market in the Energy and the Utility Industries (http://www.frost.com/nf5d), finds that the market earned revenues of $4.55 billion in 2014 and estimates this to reach $7.34 billion in 2021.

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While the emerging markets will prove attractive to SCADA suppliers due to their high energy demand, the European Union too is fostering a favorable investment climate with its focus on renewable projects.

“On the one hand, the escalating energy requirements have created opportunities for greenfield expansions, while on the other, the need to modernize aging pipelines, power grids and water infrastructure have stoked brownfield opportunities,” said Frost & Sullivan Manufacturing 4.0 Senior Industry Analyst Piyush Dewangan. “In addition, shale gas exploration activities in North America are accelerating the deployment of SCADA systems.”

Although SCADA system vendors are making an effort to keep pace with changing trends, advancements in communication technologies will significantly disrupt SCADA architecture. As devices now directly communicate with next-generation enterprise software in real-time and all business processes are integrated, there will be a drop in the share of hardware revenue. However, demand for application software will gather momentum.

The ongoing global oil price fluctuations and economic crisis in Europe, the Middle East and Africa will further dampen market growth rates. In addition, concerns regarding cybersecurity will shift end-user priorities from capacity development to security-related projects, limiting the adoption of SCADA systems.

“To appeal to a larger pool of end users, suppliers are offering strong value propositions with value-added application software and associated services,” noted Dewangan. “Suppliers are also building service portfolios that manage cybersecurity in order to suppress apprehensions and ensure success in the global SCADA market.”

Analysis of the Global Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) Systems Market in the Energy and the Utility Industries is part of the Industrial Automation & Process Control(http://ww2.frost.com/research/industry/industrial-automation-process-control/industrial-automation-process-control) Growth Partnership Service program. Frost & Sullivan’s related studies include: Change is the Only Constant – How Internet of Things Could Restructure Existing Automation Ecosystems, Changing Dynamics of the Global Simulation Market, Cybersecurity Implications in the US Chemical Industry, and Connected Industries and Asset Analytics-as-a-Service. All studies included in subscriptions provide detailed market opportunities and industry trends evaluated following extensive interviews with market participants.

About Frost & Sullivan

Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Partnership Company, works in collaboration with clients to leverage visionary innovation that addresses the global challenges and related growth opportunities that will make or break today’s market participants.

Our “Growth Partnership” supports clients by addressing these opportunities and incorporating two key elements driving visionary innovation: The Integrated Value Proposition and The Partnership Infrastructure.

  • The Integrated Value Proposition provides support to our clients throughout all phases of their journey to visionary innovation including: research, analysis, strategy, vision, innovation and implementation.
  • The Partnership Infrastructure is entirely unique as it constructs the foundation upon which visionary innovation becomes possible. This includes our 360 degree research, comprehensive industry coverage, career best practices as well as our global footprint of more than 40 offices.

For more than 50 years, we have been developing growth strategies for the global 1000, emerging businesses, the public sector and the investment community. Is your organization prepared for the next profound wave of industry convergence, disruptive technologies, increasing competitive intensity, Mega Trends, breakthrough best practices, changing customer dynamics and emerging economies?

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Analysis of the Global Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) Systems Market in the Energy and the Utility Industries

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January 7, 2016 at 4:10 pm

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Innovative Companies to be Celebrated at Black-tie Awards Gala

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-Frost & Sullivan’s Excellence in Best Practices event to honor leaders across various industries

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. /PRNewswire/ — Business frontrunners will kick start the New Year celebrating their companies’ achievements during Frost & Sullivan’s 2016 Excellence in Best Practices AwardsGala. The ceremony will be held at the Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa in conjunction with the 10th Anniversary New Product Innovation and Development: A Frost & Sullivan Executive MindXchange event. The esteemed recipients of the Best Practices Awards will be announced during the evening gala on Wednesday, January 13, 2016.

2016 Excellence in Best Practices Awards Gala
2016 Excellence in Best Practices Awards Gala

The Best Practices Awards are presented each year to companies that are predicted to provide significant growth in their industries, have identified emerging trends, or have created advanced technologies that will catalyze and transform industries in the near future.

Frost & Sullivan industry analysts compare market participants and identify best-practice companies by measuring performance through in-depth interviews, analysis, and secondary research. The companies demonstrating outstanding achievement and superior performance are recognized with prestigious Best Practices Awards in a variety of regional and global markets.

The gala events will kick off during the day with an Executive Growth Workshop exclusively for company leaders seeking to grow their brand and increase demand. The workshop uses a diagnostic and development process to help identify the greatest areas of strength and vulnerability. Later in the evening, recipients will celebrate their success and network with other industry game-changers, while also enjoying live music under the backdrop of the beautiful shores of Mission Bay.

For more information, please email Claudia Toscano at claudia.toscano@frost.com. You can connect with Frost & Sullivan on social media for the latest news and updates, and we invite you to join the conversation using #FrostAwards.

About Frost & Sullivan

Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Partnership Company, works in collaboration with clients to leverage visionary innovation that addresses the global challenges and related growth opportunities that will make or break today’s market participants.

Our “Growth Partnership” supports clients by addressing these opportunities and incorporating two key elements driving visionary innovation: The Integrated Value Proposition and The Partnership Infrastructure.

  • The Integrated Value Proposition provides support to our clients throughout all phases of their journey to visionary innovation including: research, analysis, strategy, vision, innovation and implementation.
  • The Partnership Infrastructure is entirely unique as it constructs the foundation upon which visionary innovation becomes possible. This includes our 360 degree research, comprehensive industry coverage, career best practices as well as our global footprint of more than 40 offices.

For more than 50 years, we have been developing growth strategies for the global 1000, emerging businesses, the public sector and the investment community. Is your organization prepared for the next profound wave of industry convergence, disruptive technologies, increasing competitive intensity, Mega Trends, breakthrough best practices, changing customer dynamics and emerging economies?

Contact Us: Start the discussion
Join Us: Join our community
Subscribe: Newsletter on “the next big thing”
Register: Gain access to visionary innovation

Contact:
Claudia Toscano
claudia.toscano@frost.com
210.477.8417

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January 7, 2016 at 4:04 pm

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BGC Brokers’ Capitalab Portfolio Compression Service Eliminates EUR 800 Billion Of Swaption Notional In Q4 2015

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LONDON /PRNewswire/ — BGC Brokers L.P.’s (“BGC Brokers”) Capitalab, an entity within the BGC Partners, Inc. group (NASDAQ: BGCP) today announced that its Swaptioniser® portfolio compression service successfully eliminated over EUR 800 billion of Swaption notional in Q4 2015. This service brings to the market the latest and most advanced solution for compression and is the first system to provide multilateral portfolio compression for OTC Swaptions. An important milestone as the derivatives industry increasingly adopts portfolio compression practices as a risk mitigation tool; these results are based on the service’s first seven runs of EUR, GBP and JPY Swaption compression and included more than 10 major banks active in the over-the-counter (OTC) Swaptions market.

Expanding to other asset classes in the near future, Capitalab is a key addition to BGC Brokers’ offerings, allowing banks and other financial market institutions to make significant savings in capital and initial margin by reducing the outstanding gross notional of derivatives portfolios.

“We are dedicated to providing our clients with state of the art services and technology that help them navigate the complexities of a constantly evolving derivatives marketplace. In a heightened regulatory environment, the ability to compress trades is instrumental in preserving both capital and liquidity and minimising operational risk in the industry. Capitalab’s successful launch of the Swaptioniser solution brings to our clients the benefits of innovative portfolio compression services in a seamless and effective manner, helping our institutional clients reach capital and liquidity provisions outlined in regulatory frameworks such as Basel III,” said Philip Norton, Global Head of e-Commerce, BGC Brokers L.P.

Multilateral Platform

Capitalab’s Swaptioniser is a multilateral portfolio compression service that allows participants to reduce their derivatives exposures whilst maintaining neutral portfolio risk. The solution is highly customisable and accommodates the large number of constraints and models used by options traders.

“Capitalab has produced a well-conceived compression service, which we have found particularly effective with complex products such as swaptions. It is critical that dealers manage their derivatives exposures as efficiently as possible given the associated capital requirements, and this service has been a welcome development for the industry,” said Luke Kotchie, Managing Director, J.P. Morgan in London.

Swaptioniser, which completed its first compression of transactions in September 2015, will be of interest to any large user of Interest Rate Options.

About Capitalab

Capitalab, a new division of BGC Brokers L.P., is led by a team of ex-traders and quants from sell-side institutions, Mr Olivier Alvarez, Mr David Bachelier and Mr Gavin Jackson, who combine together over 30 years’ experience in interest rates options trading and quantitative research. BGC Brokers L.P. is regulated by the UK Financial Conduct Authority and based in London.

About BGC Partners, Inc.

BGC Partners, Inc. is a leading global brokerage company servicing the financial and real estate markets. Products include fixed income securities, interest rate swaps, foreign exchange, equities, equity derivatives, credit derivatives, commercial real estate, commodities, futures, and structured products. BGC Partners also provides a wide range of services, including trade execution, broker-dealer services, clearing, processing, information, and other back-office services to a broad range of financial and non-financial institutions. Through its BGC Trader and BGC Market Data brands, BGC Partners offers financial technology solutions, market data, and analytics related to numerous financial instruments and markets. BGC Partners is the majority-owner of GFI Group Inc. (OTC: GFIG), a leading intermediary and provider of trading technologies and support services to the global OTC and listed markets. Through the Newmark Grubb Knight Frank brand, BGC Partners offers a wide range of commercial real estate services, including leasing and corporate advisory, investment sales and financial services, consulting, project and development management, and property and facilities management. BGC Partners customers include many of the world’s largest banks, broker-dealers, investment banks, trading firms, hedge funds, governments, corporations, property owners, real estate developers, and investment firms. BGC Partner’s common stock trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the ticker symbol (NASDAQ: BGCP). BGC Partners also has an outstanding bond issuance of Senior Notes due June 15, 2042, which trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol (NYSE: BGCA). BGC Partners is led by Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Howard W. Lutnick. For more information, please visit http://www.bgcpartners.com.

BGC, the BGC logo, BGC Partners, BGC Trader, Capitalab, Swaptioniser, Newmark, Grubb & Ellis, Grubb and GFI are trademarks, service marks or registered trademarks/service marks of BGC Partners, Inc. and/or its affiliates. Knight Frank is a service mark of Knight Frank (Nominees) Limited.

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January 7, 2016 at 3:51 pm

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National Stock Exchange of India Joins IPC’s Global Financial Marketplace

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-Enables Global Investors to Reliably Access one of the World’s Fastest Growing Economies

JERSEY CITY, N.J. and MUMBAI, India /PRNewswire/ — IPC Systems, Inc., a leading global provider of specialized communications and managed network-as-a-service solutions for the financial trading community, today announced that it continues to grow its financial marketplace in the Asia-Pacific region with the addition of National Stock Exchange of India (NSE) to the IPC Financial Markets Network (FMN). The announcement is part of IPC’s continued global network expansion and empowers domestic and foreign investors to trade equities, fixed income, FX and derivatives in the Indian markets.

The NSE is a leading exchange in India and has played a catalytic role in reforming the Indian securities market in terms of microstructure, market practices and trading volumes. The NSE operates an electronic market, offering trading in many products including equities, equities based derivatives, currency futures and options, equity based ETFs and government securities.

In order to satisfy the demand for market data connectivity to India, IPC has entered into an agreement with Tata Group, a global enterprise headquartered in India, and comprising over 100 operating companies. Under the terms of this agreement, IPC’s FMN is able to provide capital market participants with the secure, reliable connectivity they need to access India’s markets while meeting local regulatory requirements.

“Investors in the Indian markets are demanding more connectivity options for sourcing liquidity, devising optimal trading approaches and managing risks,” said Mukesh Agarwal, CEO, DotEx and IISL (DotEx and IISL are wholly owned subsidiaries of NSE). “We are excited to partner with IPC to expand our global base of institutional investors that are executing trading strategies across multiple asset classes.”

India is one of the world’s most captivating secular growth stories and we are seeing tremendous interest in the country’s capital markets from global investors,” said David Brown, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Financial Markets Network, IPC. “We are thrilled to welcome the NSE to our financial marketplace and enable the global buy-side community to tap into the Indian markets.”

The IPC Financial Markets Network service portfolio includes the Connexus Financial Extranet and Direct Connect data services, as well as Trader and Enhanced Voice connectivity services. IPC’s Financial Markets Network interconnects global financial centers and allows access to approximately 5,000 market participant locations in over 700 cities in nearly 60 countries.

About National Stock Exchange of India Ltd (NSE)

In its 20 year history, NSE has transformed the capital market, based on technology, innovation, high standards of governance and management practices. NSE’s business practices and high levels of integrity have earned it the trust of the financial markets worldwide. Besides being a platform of choice for all exchange traded financial products in India, NSE’s flagship index, the Nifty 50, has become a benchmark national level economic parameter. Since inception, the exchange has been covered extensively by global media and has won many accolades as recognition of this remarkable journey. For more information, visit www.nseindia.com.

About IPC

IPC is a global provider of mission-critical network services and trading communication technology to the financial markets community.  With complete focus on this sector and over 40 years of expertise, IPC provides customers with integrated solutions that support traders and participants across the entire trade lifecycle, including sell-side and buy-side financial institutions, inter-dealer brokers, liquidity venues, clearing and settlement firms, independent software vendors, corporate finance departments, financial information exchange providers and market data providers. IPC’s offerings include a unified communications/application platform, award-winning trading positions, managed voice and data connectivity solutions, compliance technologies, infrastructure management and a suite of enhanced service offerings. IPC’s global reach extends to more than 60 countries – including a network of 5,000 customer sites over 700 cities and an installed base of approximately 120,000 trading positions deployed worldwide. Headquartered in Jersey City, New Jersey, IPC has over 900 employees located throughout the Americas and the EMEA and Asia-Pacific regions. IPC’s mission is to continually innovate to support collaboration across the global financial community and address our clients’ needs in an ever-changing landscape. For more information, visitwww.ipc.com.

Certain statements contained in this press release may be forward-looking statements. These statements may be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “continue,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “may,” “might,” “plan,” “potential,” “predict,” “should” or “will” or similar terminology.  Any forward-looking statements are based on current expectations, assumptions, estimates and projections. Such forward looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond our control. Actual results may differ materially from any future results expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements.

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Sheryl Baff

Jonelle Taylor

IPC Systems, Inc.

Finn Partners for IPC        

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jonelle.taylor@finnpartners.com

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January 7, 2016 at 3:41 pm

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Omni-Channel Customer Experience Strategies Fuel Contact Center Systems Market in Latin America

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-Contact center analytics, workforce management and quality monitoring applications are gradually capturing companies’ attention

SAO PAULO /PRNewswire/ — The need to integrate contact channels such as mobile, chat and social media, and implement omni-channel customer experience strategies will drive companies to upgrade their contact center systems and capabilities. They have already begun to invest in application functionalities and last-generation technologies that enable transparency, delivery of a high-quality, personalized experience and greater awareness about their customer base.

Maiara Munhoz, ICT Industry Analyst, Frost & Sullivan
Maiara Munhoz, ICT Industry Analyst, Frost & Sullivan

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New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, Latin American Contact Center Systems Market 2015(http://www.frost.com/sublib/display-report.do?id=NF9B-01-00-00-00&src=PR), finds that market revenues dwindled from $266.0 million in 2014 to $248.5 million in 2015. It is however expected to recover to reach $339.9 million by 2020. The study covers inbound contact routing, interactive voice response and voice portal, outbound dialer, quality monitoring, workforce management and contact center analytics.

For complimentary access to more information on this research, please visit:http://corpcom.frost.com/forms/LA_PR_FValente_NF9B-76_08Dec15.

“Companies have begun to realize the importance of speech, voice and process analytics; workforce management and quality monitoring applications,” said Frost & Sullivan Digital Transformation Industry Analyst Maiara Paula Munhoz. “The poor economic scenario in Brazil and other Latin American countries translates to higher demand for these applications among companies that wish to boost productivity and efficiency, optimize costs and retain customers.”

Brazil, which accounts for almost half of the total revenues in the Latin American contact center systems market, is in the midst of an economic and political crisis. With inflation in the country reaching 9.2 percent and uncertainty plaguing most markets in the region, contact center system vendors need to reinvent themselves for survival. They should also offer more innovative solutions to help their customers increase productivity.

Innovation is especially relevant at a time when companies are shifting their focus towards the cloud. Even though the Latin American market has been slow to adopt hosted and cloud-based contact center models due to the existing volume of legacy infrastructure and security concerns, the migration is inevitable.

“Firstly, organizations will gravitate to hosted and cloud-based contact center systems as their total cost of ownership is lower than that of premise-based solutions,” reasoned Munhoz. “Secondly, the shift from a capital expenditure model to an operational expenditure model will simplify cost management for companies.”

Along with the transition to the cloud, the devaluation of Latin American currencies against the United States (US) dollar is dampening investments in contact center systems as deals are struck in US dollars. Colombia, Mexico andBrazil will be particularly affected as their currencies are expected to be devaluated by 24 percent, 14 percent and 40 percent, respectively.

Despite these challenges, the Latin American contact center systems market will find opportunities for growth with improved customer awareness and innovations.

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January 7, 2016 at 3:31 pm

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honor 5X Debuts at International CES 2016

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-honor 5X smartphone and band Z1 available in US starting January 31

LAS VEGAS /PRNewswire/ — The wait is over for Internet-minded millennials that demand a smartphone purpose-built for their lifestyles. The U.S. debut of honor 5X from honor, the energetic and online-first brand, means that young, stylish and adventurous consumers can have all the essentials – high quality metal construction, next-generation fingerprint technology and inspired-design – they need to experience and share life’s everyday adventures.

honor 5X -- no nonsense, all essential
honor 5X — no nonsense, all essential

“honor 5X is a no nonsense smartphone that delivers all the essentials millennials want and need in a device,” saidGeorge Zhao, president of honor. “We designed honor 5X to be an extension of the personalities of its users – cool, stylish and iconic – and it integrates creative technology so users get the most from their device and have a superior Internet experience, all at an affordable price.”

honor 5X will be available in three colors – gold, silver and grey – on January 31. It will be available on Amazon.com, Newegg.com and HiHonor.com/us at USD 199.99.

“Since its founding two years ago, the honor brand has seen extraordinary growth by focusing on the online market and bringing millennials devices that fit their digital lifestyles,” said Zhao. “That success led to expansion beyondChina. We are excited for the U.S. to be the first global market for honor 5X.”

Metal

Inspired by the shape and design of the famous Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in Spain, honor 5X’s aluminum alloy body blends a distinctive curved design with ergonomic principles to feel comfortably in users’ hands. Constructed with a diamond-polished aluminum alloy and accentuated with a ceramic coating applied with a special brushing technique, honor 5X has a unique finish made for showing off.

Fingerprint

honor 5X’s rear panel houses a second-generation, frame-free fingerprint sensor that offers stellar performance, accuracy and a 0.5-second unlocking time. The adaptive sensor boasts a self-learning capability that enhances scanning accuracy over time. The reader also supports intuitive gesture controls for making a call or launching an app during locked mode, taking photos, pulling down and hiding the notification bar as well as canceling an alarm.

Camera and Display

honor 5X features professional-grade cameras to capture high-quality images with advanced clarity and dynamic color reproduction. The 13MP back-facing camera features a F2.0 aperture, 28mm wide-angle lens, a blue glass infrared filter, and a macro mode for close-up shots. With a SmartImage 3.0 image processor and anti-reflective coating on the camera lens, the 5X can easily capture vivid images even in low light.

The 5MP front-facing camera includes a F2.4 aperture, 22mm wide-angle lens and an 88-degree viewing angle, making the honor 5X the perfect selfie tool.

Users can enjoy photos and videos on the 5.5-inch, 10-point multi-touch Full-HD IPS display. honor 5X delivers vivid pictures with dynamic contrast adjustment control for improved contrast under different lighting conditions.

Additional Specifications

  • 1.5 GHz Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 615, Octa-core processor
  • 2GB of RAM and 16GB of onboard memory
  • 3,000 mAh battery
  • Nano SIM, Micro SIM, and microSD trays

honor band Z1 and honor hybrid earphones

Joining honor 5X in the U.S. is honor band Z1, a lightweight, all-weather, water-resistant wearable with health, sports and fitness tracking capabilities.

Designed with equal emphasis on durability, performance and style, honor band Z1 tracks daily activities, automatically recognizes walking and running and calculates calorie burn. With a scratch resistant steel body and its OLED touch display has a 128-by-128 pixel resolution,, the honor band Z1 is also water resistant up to IP68, allowing it to operate in the rain and damp conditions.

With up to three days battery life on one charge, honor band Z1 also shows notifications for incoming calls, smart alarms and is compatible with devices running Android 4.4.4 or above and iOS 7.0 or above.

honor band Z1 comes with a durable, diamond-patterned strap in three colors – black, cream and white – and will be available on HiHonor.com/us starting January 31 at USD 79.99.

Providing a full experience to digital natives in the U.S., honor is also bringing the honor hybrid earphones to consumers.  Blending style and comfort, the earphones feature hybrid technology with dynamic and Knowles balanced armature drivers, delivering clear and accurate sound with impressive sound isolation performance.

The honor hybrid earphones will also be available on Hihonor.com/us starting January 31 at USD 59.99.

About honor

honor is a leading mobile device e-brand under Huawei. In line with its slogan, “for the brave”, the brand aimed to meet the needs of digital natives through internet-optimized products offering superior user experiences, inspiring action, fostering creativity and empowering the young to achieve their dreams. honor has set itself apart by showcasing its own bravery to do things differently and to usher in the latest technologies and innovations for customers.

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January 7, 2016 at 11:45 am

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Call to Action for “Age of Food Efficiency” Delivered at Carrier’s World Cold Chain Summit to Reduce Food Waste

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-Greenhouse gas emissions associated with food waste could see a 10-fold net reduction by implementing the cold chain in developing countries

SINGAPORE/PRNewswire/ — Making a bold declaration at its World Cold Chain Summit to Reduce Food Waste in Singapore last month, Carrier, a world leader in high-technology heating, air-conditioning and refrigeration solutions, delivered a call to action to begin “The Age of Food Efficiency.” The conference, which was held for the first time in Asia, convened 131 delegates from 33 nations, including global leaders in the supply chain private sector, academia and government to discuss and develop scalable, sustainable solutions to expand and improve the cold chain to reduce food loss and waste. Carrier is a part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX).

From left to right : John Mandyck, Chief Sustainability Officer, UTC; Eugene Tay, Executive Director, Zero Waste SG; David Appel, President, Carrier Transicold & Refrigeration Systems; Chiou Fun Sin, President, Global Container Refrigeration
From left to right : John Mandyck, Chief Sustainability Officer, UTC; Eugene Tay, Executive Director, Zero Waste SG; David Appel, President, Carrier Transicold & Refrigeration Systems; Chiou Fun Sin, President, Global Container Refrigeration

 

Participants at World Cold Chain Summit to Reduce Food Waste
Participants at World Cold Chain Summit to Reduce Food Waste

 

Keynote speakers at the two-day conference included Dr. Joseph Mpagalile, Agro-food Industries officer, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO); Didier Coulomb, general director of the International Institute of Refrigeration; and Clementine O’Connor, sustainable food systems consultant, United Nations Environment Program (UNEP).

Top takeaways from the Summit include:

  • The Summit endorsed the new United Nations Sustainable Development 12.3 Goal that calls for halving food waste — at retail and consumer levels, as well as reducing food losses along the entire global food supply chain — by 2030.
  • The FAO is considering a new Cold Chain Coalition to fight food waste in developing countries.
  • The International Institute of Refrigeration estimates 23 percent of food loss and waste in developing countries is due to the lack of a cold chain. For perspective, Ethiopia has just 2 liters per person of refrigeration compared to 344 per person in the U.S.
  • A new, independent study shows that greenhouse gas emissions associated with food waste could see a 10-fold net reduction if developing countries have the same level of cold chain implementation as the developed world. This is powerful evidence that a green cold chain can be effective not only in feeding more people, but taking a bite out of the astounding 3.6 gigatons of CO2 associated with food waste every year. If food waste were a country, it would be the third largest emitter of greenhouse gases. The study confirms that clear improvements are achievable.
  • According to Professor Judith Evans of London South Bank University, in developed countries, 42 percent of food waste happens at the household level, confirming the need for greater consumer awareness. The U.K. awareness campaign “Love Food Hate Waste” is credited with generating a 21 percent reduction in household food waste since 2010, she shared.
  • The U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED green building standard could be an effective model for consideration for a green cold chain standard.

“One third or more of the food we produce each year is never eaten, yet more than 50 percent of the wasted food can have its shelf life extended by the cold chain,” said David Appel, president, Carrier Transicold & Refrigeration Systems. “Only 10 percent of worldwide perishable foods are refrigerated today, so there is immense opportunity to cut food waste and the resulting greenhouse gas emissions by implementing or improving the cold chain. As a leader in high-technology refrigeration solutions, Carrier actively contributes to the development of the cold chain by providing a communication platform, like this Summit, where all stakeholders have the opportunity to share, learn and build sustainable cold chain solutions to reduce food waste.”

Also at the event, Carrier presented a donation of $10,000 to ZeroWasteSG, a not-for-profit and non-government organization in Singapore dedicated to eliminating the concept of waste, to help promote its “Save Food, Cut Waste” campaign.

“We know there are many reasons why food is lost or wasted — but among them is the lack of or the underdevelopment of the cold chain,” said John Mandyck, UTC Chief Sustainability Officer and co-author of Food Foolish: The Hidden Connection Between Food Waste, Hunger and Climate Change. “Refrigeration is the best technology to ensure food safety for perishable goods and prolong its shelf life. That’s why this Summit is so important, as it helps connect a global dialogue on how we can sustainably grow the cold chain — which in turn, can reduce food waste and feed a growing population with fresh foods containing necessary micronutrients for good health and development.

“Over the last 20 years,” Mandyck added, “we’ve experienced the ‘Age of Energy Efficiency,’ taking the same power base and spreading it more efficiently to urbanize in a sustainable manner. Energy efficiency has gone far, with more to go. It is now time for the ‘Age of Food Efficiency,’ using the same food supply base that produces enough to feed 10 billion people — enough for those on the planet today and enough for those that will join us in 2050 — and in the process avoid more production and environmental emissions that come with it. The potential to extend food supplies, with the help of an improved green cold chain, is extraordinary.”

To review the full transcript from the Summit, visit NaturalLeader.com. Learn more about reducing food waste by following @SmartColdChain on Twitter or visiting Carrier.com.

About Carrier

Founded by the inventor of modern air conditioning, Carrier is the world’s leader in high-technology heating, air-conditioning and refrigeration solutions. Carrier experts provide sustainable solutions, integrating energy-efficient products, building controls and energy services for residential, commercial, retail, transport and food service customers. Carrier is a part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp., a leading provider to the aerospace and building systems industries worldwide. For more information, visit www.carrier.com or follow @SmartColdChain on Twitter.

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Jon Shaw
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January 7, 2016 at 11:34 am

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Huawei and Swarovski’s Gemstone Business collaborate on new HUAWEI WATCH Jewel and Elegant

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-Following the successful launch of 2015’s best smartwatch, Huawei’s new editions aimed at women who sparkle and shine

LAS VEGAS/PRNewswire/ — Today at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Huawei Consumer Business Group (BG) unveiled Jewel and Elegant versions of 2015’s premium smartwatch. In collaboration with Swarovski’s Gemstone Business, the HUAWEI WATCH Jewel and Elegant mark a new female focus for the company.

Timeless beauty, for any occasion

Joining the Classic, Active and Elite smartwatches released last year to critical acclaim, the new Jewel and Elegant editions offer two stylish options aimed at women. Featuring 68 Swarovski Zirconia dotted around the rose gold-plated case, each measuring 1.5mm in size, the Jewel glistens and shines like nothing else available on the smartwatch market today.

A more understated option, the Elegant edition has a knurled pattern effect around its rose gold-plated case.

Complemented beautifully by the two genuine Italian leather watch straps, available in pearl white and sapphire blue, the HUAWEI WATCH Jewel and Elegant comes pre-loaded with over 40 watch faces as on the original model, including 10 exclusive feminine designs.

Huawei Watch, where fashion and technology embrace
Huawei Watch, where fashion and technology embrace

Huawei Watch, where fashion and technology embrace

With the same best-in-class specs of the original Huawei Watch, the Jewel and Elegant’s classic designs, inspired by Swiss watch manufacturers, sees scratch-proof sapphire crystal (the favoured choice amongst high-end Swiss brands) coating their fully circular 44mm faces. Cold-forged stainless steel, plated in rose gold, cements both models’ strength thanks to its durable nature.

Powered by Android Wear™ and both Android and iOS compatible, the Huawei Watch displays alerts for calls, texts, instant messages and emails. The Watch also features Bluetooth connectivity for wireless headphones usage, meaning you can listen to offline music downloads while you work out. With voice commands capable of controlling music as well as navigation, it’s the perfect running device. A heart rate sensor accurately measures heart rates, and the 6-Axis motion sensor can track activities including walking, running and mountain climbing.

HUAWEI WATCH Jewel and Elegant comes pre-loaded with over 40 watch faces as on the original model, including 10 exclusive feminine designs.
HUAWEI WATCH Jewel and Elegant comes pre-loaded with over 40 watch faces as on the original model, including 10 exclusive feminine designs.

A premium watch inspired by classic timepiece design, it truly embodies the space where fashion meets technology.

Availability and Accessories   

The standard models of the Huawei Watch are available in more than 20 countries and regions, including: Austria,Australia, Belgium, Canada, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Finland, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy,Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Russia, Sweden, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan,United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, and United States. HUAWEI WATCH Jewel and Elegant will be on sale in the same countries and regions, from March 2016.

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About Huawei Consumer Business Group

By 2014, Huawei’s products and services have covered more than 170 countries, and a third of the world’s population. Huawei’s shipments of smartphones ranked third in the world in 2014. Huawei has 16 R&D centers have been set up in the US, Germany, Sweden, Russia, India, and China. Huawei Consumer Business Group is one of three businesses within Huawei, covering smartphones, mobile broadband devices, home devices and cloud services. Based on more than 20 years of Huawei’s expertise in the telecom industry, built on Huawei’s global network, worldwide operations and business partners, Huawei Consumer Business Group is dedicated to providing the latest technology to the consumers and bringing the joy of technological advances to people all around the world. Huawei acts on its word and fulfills dreams.

For more information please visit: www.consumer.huawei.com

About Swarovski

Swarovski delivers a diverse portfolio of unmatched quality, craftsmanship, and creativity. Founded in 1895 inAustria, Swarovski designs, manufactures and markets high-quality crystals, genuine gemstones and created stones as well as finished products such as jewelry, accessories and lighting. Now celebrating its 120th anniversary and run by the fifth generation of family members, Swarovski Crystal Business has a global reach with approximately 2,560 stores in around 170 countries, more than 25,000 employees, and revenue of about 2.33 billion euros in 2014. Together with its sister companies Swarovski Optik (optical devices) and Tyrolit (abrasives), Swarovski Crystal Business forms the Swarovski Group. In 2014, the Group generated revenue of about 3.05 billion euros and employed more than 30,000 people. The Swarovski Foundation was set up in 2012 to honor the philanthropic spirit of founder Daniel Swarovski. Its mission is to support creativity and culture, promote wellbeing, and conserve natural resources.

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January 7, 2016 at 11:11 am

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