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Cognizant Acquires UBS India Service Center

Cognizant to provide a range of BPO, KPO, IT and remote infrastructure management services to UBS divisions

Cognizant, a provider of consulting, technology, and business process outsourcing services (BPO), has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire UBS India Service Centre Private Limited (UBS ISC), the Hyderabad, India-based captive service provider to the UBS Group.

As part of the transaction, Cognizant will provide a range of BPO, knowledge process outsourcing (KPO), IT, and remote infrastructure management services to UBS divisions around the globe to enable them to reduce time-to-market, expand service delivery, and enhance productivity, operational efficiency, and quality.

The UBS ISC currently employs approximately 2,000 associates. Their deep capabilities in wealth management, investment banking, asset management, research, and remote IT infrastructure management will help Cognizant strengthen its business and knowledge process capabilities, deepen its financial services domain knowledge, and enhance its capabilities to provide integrated services across consulting, technology, and outsourcing.

Francisco D’Souza, president and CEO of Cognizant, said: “We welcome the highly talented and experienced professionals of UBS ISC to Cognizant. This acquisition deepens our relationship with UBS and extends our leadership position in financial services. This acquisition builds on our long-standing strategy of delivering sharply focused business solutions and enhanced value to our clients in the financial services and capital markets industries.”

Ulrich Körner, COO of UBS AG, said: “Cognizant’s broad banking and financial services expertise and its cultural fit with UBS complement the competencies provided by the India Service Center today, while providing technology capabilities that expand the services we can buy from India and support our cost savings, efficiency and flexibility objectives.”

Subject to the satisfaction of certain closing conditions, the transaction is expected to close around the end of 2009.