CEFinsight.com is a service of AST Fund Solutions' Closed-End Fund Group. We are the premier provider of analyses of trends, corporate actions, and shareholder activism impacting closed-end funds. CEFinsight.com was developed in response to client inquiries about the need for a central information resource for executives of closed-end funds and reader inquiries concerning customized research to gain greater historical context and understanding about activist shareholders and factors driving both activist and general investment behavior (flows) in closed-end funds. The online database contains historical entries (edited and updated where necessary) and current entries that have appeared in our monthly reports on Activist & Key Corporate Actions. Information contained in our latest monthly reports, which cover calendar month periods and are generally issued in the middle of the following month, will be available via the online database generally concurrent with the release of each monthly report.
AST Fund Solutions is the leading provider of proxy solicitation services for closed-end funds in the United States. We specialize in proxy services for open-end and closed-end funds, and have successfully managed a number of the largest and most difficult proxy solicitation campaigns ever conducted by closed-end funds and fund complexes. We also provide regulatory mailing services, shareholder identification, proxy voting analytics, and governance consulting. In addition, AST Fund Solutions offers a range of widely consulted publications and custom analytics.
AST Fund Solutions is an affiliate of the American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, LLC ("AST"). AST Fund Solutions is a leading provider of registry services and technology to closed-end funds.
AST Fund Solutions offers closed-end funds complete transfer agent, shareholder communications and activist advisory services, a 100% compliance guarantee and a simplified flat-fee billing structure.
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|Value of Transactions Processed Annually
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|Full-Time Technology Resources Dedicated to Business
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|Value of Corporate Actions Annually
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|Employee Stock Purchase and Equity Plans
|Number of Global Plan Participants Represented in Move Than 70 countries
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|Number of Proxy-Related Mail Pieces Represented
Closed-End Fund Group
Paul Torre - Executive Vice President | 212.400.2610 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Paul heads AST Fund Solutions, and has more than 20 years of mutual fund proxy experience. He has worked closely with many closed-end funds on high-profile proxy fights.
Frank Maresca - Executive Vice President | 718.921.8152 | email@example.com
Frank manages AST Fund Solutions' CEF Fund Administration business, and has over 30 years of mutual fund, closed-end fund, prime brokerage, securities lending and custody experience. Frank worked at JP Morgan/Bear Stearns for more than 20 years in various capacities of increasing responsibility, serving as President and Chief Executive Officer of Bear Stearns Funds Management, Inc. Frank holds Series 7, 26 and 63 licenses from FINRA.
James Burke - Vice President, Research | 646.322.0361 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Jim generates most of the proprietary content and analysis for the Closed-End Fund Group, and is the managing editor of CEFinsight.com. He provides unmatched expertise and insight to AST Fund Solutions' closed-end fund clients.
Sean Butcher - Assistant Vice President | 212.400.2612 | email@example.com
Sean manages project services for all closed-end fund clients including annual routine and non-routine meetings, shareholder identification reporting, rights offerings and tenders. Sean has more than 16 years of experience with mutual fund proxy solicitation, including managing some of the most difficult closed-end fund shareholder meetings and proxy fights.
Hoyt Peters- Vice President | 212.269.5562 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Hoyt has a number of roles within our Closed-End Fund Group, including fund administration, generating customized studies, and CEFinsight.com.