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Company nameComputershare Limited
Company typePublic company (Asx - CPU)
IndustryProvider of specialized financial services
HeadquartersYarra Falls/Abbotsford
Key peopleStuart Crosby CEO & President, Mark Davis Group Regional Director - Australasia
ServicesServices include transfer agency and share registration, employee equity plans, proxy solicitation, stakeholder communications, corporate trust services, tax voucher solutions, bankruptcy administration and a range of other diversified financial and governance services.
Owner(s)Publicly listed & traded company

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Founded in Melbourne, Australia in 1978, Computershare Limited (Asx - CPU) has grown (largely through overseas acquisitions) to become the world's largest share registry business. It is a leading financial market services and technology provider, employing over 10,000 people, providing services in 20 countries and to more than 30,000 clients and 100 million investors. Computershare specialises in the corporate trust, stock transfer and employee share plan services for thousands of issuers and millions of securityholder accounts.

In 1997, the Australian-based Computershare expanded its registry business to include financial markets in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. In subsequent years, it expanded its business into Ireland, South Africa, and Hong Kong. Since the year 2000, Computershare has acquired a role in the American and Canadian markets, in particular, through the acquisition of the stock transfer sectors of Harris Bank in the US and Montreal Trust in Canada. In 2004, it expanded into the German market by purchasing Pepper Global, formerly Pepper Technologies AG. Since 2004, Computershare has acquired registry companies in the emerging markets of Russia and India.

For the most part, the entry into these new markets was accomplished through financial acquisitions of existing registrar corporations.

The company currently holds offices in 20 countries, including: Australia, the United Kingdom, Ireland, the United States, Canada, the Channel Islands, South Africa, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Germany, and Denmark.

Computershare's UK operations are the result of the company's 1997 acquisition of the Royal Bank of Scotland's registrar department, which in turn had previously been bought from NatWest (this earlier acquisition had occurred some years prior to the Royal Bank of Scotland Group's 2000 takeover of NatWest).

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