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6 Nov 2007

BNP Paribas Adds Three Members to Their Hedge Fund Relationship Management Team

BNP Paribas announced today the expansion of its Hedge Fund Relationship team with the appointments of Conrad Johnson as a director in New York and Stephanie Wong as an associate director in Hong Kong.

Conrad joins BNP Paribas from J.P. Morgan Securities in New York where he worked in Fixed Income prime brokerage. In his new role, Conrad will assist his team in optimizing the firm's relationships across its various business lines with the world's leading Hedge Funds.

Prior to joining BNP Paribas, Stephanie was with HSBC managing Hedge Fund relationships in Asia. Her career started with JP Morgan in the Structured Finance CDO/CLO group in 2000 and later moved to Hedge Fund Credit function with JPM in Singapore.

Also announced was the relocation of Mark Walker to London from New York to further the global effort as Head of Hedge Fund Relationship Management for Europe. With over fifteen years' experience, Mark will help drive the bank's efforts in the dynamically growing European hedge fund market. Mark will also spearhead the Hedge Fund Capital Markets Solutions Group by drawing upon the vast capabilities of the firm to deliver capital introduction, and more recently DCM and ECM syndication and structuring solutions. Conrad, Stephanie and Mark all functionally report to Talbot Stark, Global Hedge Fund Relationship Manager.

Commenting on Conrad's appointment, Talbot Stark said, "Hedge Funds are a core client sector for BNP Paribas. Mark, Conrad and Stephanie will draw on our extensive footprint across Europe, the US and Asia and our superior capability in derivatives across asset classes, to set ourselves apart from our competitors by adding value for our Hedge Fund clients through the delivery of dynamic solutions."

The BNP Paribas Hedge Fund Relationship Management Team was formed in 2006 to co-ordinate client coverage across Fixed Income, Equity Derivatives and Commodities ensuring that BNP Paribas effectively covers its hedge fund clients and is constantly developing its business in close alignment with their needs.

BNP Paribas is a European leader in global banking and financial services and is one of the 5 strongest banks in the world according to Standard & Poor's. BNP Paribas also has a significant presence in the United States and strong positions in Asia and the emerging markets.