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June 27, 2007 -

BNP Paribas Securities (Asia) Boosts Research Capabilities

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BNP Paribas Securities (Asia) today announced that it has made 16 new hires to enhance its 70-member strong Research team in the region, boosting its strength in becoming a real pan-Asian broker in terms of business platform and research coverage capabilities.

Jonathan Harris, Regional Head of Company Research for BNP Paribas Securities (Asia) came on board nine months ago, bringing with him a new dimension to the Bank’s research strategies, as well as concrete Hedge Funds experience. He has been instrumental in developing the new Research model – The Inspired Shoe Factory. To expedite the implementation of the new Research model, Mr. Harris has substantially beefed up his team in the last few months.

Amongst the new hires include Mr. Clive McDonnell, Head of Asian Equity Strategy Research, Dr. Charles Huang, senior analyst who leads coverage of small and mid-cap research, and Mr. Lance He, China research manager. (See detailed biographies attached).

Mr. McDonnell joined from international ratings agency Standard & Poor’s, where he headed the strategy research team between 2001 and 2007. Dr. Huang is amongst the first generation of China equity analysts while Mr. He will manage BNP Paribas’ research operations in Shanghai as well as head up coverage of the materials sector. Mr. He is one of the most reputable and experienced Shanghai-based sell-side analysts.

Pierre Rousseau, Chief Executive Officer of BNP Paribas Securities (Asia), said, these appointments would enhance the firm’s new model for equity cash business, in particular its competitive edge in the coverage of China stocks in international and local exchanges; and its strength as a mid-cap specialist.

“In recent months, we have already been making considerable effort and investment to strengthen the research, sales and sales trading parts of BNPP’s securities business in Asia.”

“We are renowned for bringing undiscovered names to our clients’ attention with our cutting edge research and maintaining our dominant position in equity company research is a core strategic priority for the bank. These appointments underlie our commitment to build a top rated market leading equity research franchise by expanding our overall coverage of Hong Kong and China companies.”

“These new hires bring a wealth of experience, extensive knowledge and market insight to an already strong team of research professionals. Their skills will further enhance our ability to provide our clients with market leading research on a timely basis,” added Mr. Rousseau.

Biographies
Pierre Rousseau, Chief Executive Officer of BNP Paribas Securities (Asia) (14 ko)
Jonathan Harris, Regional Head of Company Research for BNP Paribas Securities (Asia) (19 ko)
Clive McDonnell, Head of Asian Equity Strategy Research (13 ko)
Other analysts (27 ko)

Christine Chan
Corporate Communications Manager,
BNP Paribas, North & East Asia

Tel: +852 2909 8847
Email: christine.chan@asia.bnpparibas.com