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UBS Corporate Employee Financial Services Enhances Technology Platform, Benefits Companies Using Transcentive® Software

13 May 2009
Contributed By: UBS

NEW SOFTWARE REPLACES MANUAL PROCESSES WITH AUTOMATED SCHEDULING AND DATA TRANSFER; DELIVERS TIME AND COST SAVINGS TO EQUITY COMPENSATION PLAN ADMINISTRATORS

WEEHAWKEN, NJ May 10, 2009—UBS Corporate Employee Financial Services (CEFS) has added a robust software utility to its technology platform to facilitate fast and secure data exchange with clients that seek equity compensation plan services for employee stock options, restricted awards/units, stock appreciation rights and employee stock purchase plans, and other related services.

The new software application enhances CEFS' ability to offer superior execution-only and partial administration service models. Designed specifically for companies using Transcentive's Express Options™ and Express Stock Purchase™ equity compensation plan administration software, it fully automates what until now have been largely manual—i.e., labor- and time-intensive—information management processes. These companies use Transcentive® software, an industry leader, for the data management and administration of their equity compensation program, and retain CEFS to provide transaction, education and wealth management advisory services for plan participants at all levels.*

"CEFS clients get the best of both worlds," said Michael Barry, Head of CEFS Corporate Sales and Services. "They can rely on Transcentive’s proven software to administer their equity compensation plan in-house and, by working closely with UBS, are able to deliver a superior participant experience to their employees."

Technology Innovation

"This investment in new technology is part of a long-term strategic commitment by UBS Wealth Management Americas to develop and grow our industry leading CEFS business," said Doug Woodham, Head of CEFS. In 2008 alone CEFS added many new features and benefits to its products, including net settled exercise capability, stock appreciation rights reporting enhancements and online participant survey access. The new utility delivers more functionality than is currently available in the market: In addition to automating data transfer, it offers clients a range of time and cost efficiencies and capabilities, including data filtering.

UBS CEFS worked closely with Transcentive to create this new application in part to respond to corporations interested in administering their own employee stock plans.

To best meet client needs, CEFS now offers three levels of plan administration services:

  • Full-service administration: An all-encompassing service that delivers administration at the corporate level and participant services, including transaction and education services and wealth management advisory services for corporate executives and employees.
  • Partial administration: A focused offering of transaction, education and wealth management services for executives and other employees. Various online service features that help facilitate corporate plan administration, such as online grant communications, ESPP enrollments and Restricted Stock tax elections, are also included.
  • Execution only: A suite of participant services, including transaction, education and wealth management.

"Focusing on client service delivery for corporate clients and plan participants alike will allow us to continue to grow our business in 2009 and beyond," said Woodham.

For more information about CEFS and our range of offerings, please call 866-706-2727, toll-free, from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. ET, or e-mail cefsan@ubs.com.

About CEFS

Corporate Employee Financial Services (CEFS) is a business unit within UBS Financial Services Inc. that delivers leading-edge equity compensation plan services and support for stock options, restricted grant awards, performance grant awards, stock appreciation rights and employee stock purchase plans.

CEFS has more than a decade of experience delivering service to Fortune 1000 companies and their participants across the globe. With more than 230 employees and over 265 CEFS network Financial Advisors in 55 cities, CEFS services nearly 100 corporate clients and 650,000 plan participants.

UBS

UBS is one of the world’s leading financial firms, serving a discerning international client base. UBS is a leading global wealth manager, a leading global investment banking and securities firm, and one of the largest global asset managers. In Switzerland, UBS is the market leader in retail and commercial banking.

UBS is present in all major financial centers worldwide. It has offices in over 50 countries, with about 37% of its employees working in the Americas, 34% in Switzerland, 16% in the rest of Europe and 13% in Asia Pacific. UBS employs more than 75,000 people around the world. Its shares are listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange, the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and the Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE).

About Transcentive

Transcentive, a Computershare company, is the equity plan solutions provider of choice for over 2,000 companies worldwide and delivers a comprehensive range of technology and advisory solutions to meet the needs of today’s equity compensation environment. Transcentive’s advisory solutions help companies manage equity plans to their greatest potential, regardless of the technology solution they are utilizing. The business’s technology solutions help drive efficiency and effectiveness in equity plan administration. Transcentive developed, maintains and markets the Express Equity™ suite of products, which includes Express Options, Express Stock Purchase, Express Desktop, and Express Share Tracking. For more information, visit www.transcentive.com.

* Certain UBS Financial Services Inc. product and services require the establishment of a full service account, which may not be available in all jurisdictions. Additional fees and documentation apply.

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