NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - December 7, 2010) - BNP Paribas is pleased to announce the appointment of Peter Albano as head of Investor Relationship Management for Hedge Funds and Institutions, Americas (IRM.) Peter is based in New York and reports locally to Chris Innes, head of Equity Sales, North America and Kip Testwuide, head of Fixed Income Origination and Distribution, Americas. He also reports globally to Talbot Stark, global head of Investor Relationship Management for Hedge Funds and Institutions.

Peter joins BNP Paribas with over twenty years of international capital markets experience, most recently with The Royal Bank of Scotland as head of Financial Institutions, Americas. Prior, he was with Bear Stearns for seventeen years where he held senior management roles in Fixed Income sales and trading, ultimately responsible for Credit Sales for the Americas and Emerging Markets Sales globally. 

Robert Earl also joins BNP Paribas as a managing director focusing on Hedge Funds. He reports to Chris Lane, head of the Americas Hedge Fund relationship management team. Robert has 19 years of capital markets experience focusing on institutional client relationships. He began his career at Goldman Sachs before joining Barclays Capital and later co-launching Vernon Square Capital. Chantale Goyette also joins the IRM team as a relationship manager for Canada. She joined BNP Paribas in 2007 and has since served in Fixed Income rates and structured credit sales positions.

Commenting on the appointments, Talbot Stark said, "We look forward to further growing our client business in the global spectrum under the leadership of Peter and with the addition of Robert and Chantale. BNP Paribas' client business has benefited from its expanding international capabilities, financial strength and the 2008 purchase of Bank of America's prime brokerage unit."

BNP Paribas continues to experience strong global growth across its institutional and hedge fund client franchise. "We continue to invest in our Fixed Income, Equities and Commodity businesses in the Americas and an integral part of the client franchise is our Investor Relationship Management team," commented Ed Speal, Head of Global Equities and Commodity Derivatives. BNP Paribas has over twenty senior relationship management professional located in New York, Montreal, San Francisco, London, Paris, Hong Kong and Singapore serving the interests of its global hedge fund and institutional clients.

BNP Paribas Corporate and Investment Banking

BNP Paribas Corporate and Investment Banking employs over 20,000 people in over 50 countries and services 13,000 corporate and institutional clients worldwide.

BNP Paribas CIB excels in:

Derivatives -- where it is one of the leading global players in rates, credit, forex, commodity and equity derivatives
Capital markets -- where it is one of the top European houses in both ECM and DCM (bond, securitization, convertibles and equity issuance)
Structured finance -- where it is amongst the leaders in acquisition, export, project, energy and commodity finance globally

About BNP Paribas

BNP Paribas ( is one of the six strongest banks in the world* and the largest bank in the eurozone by deposits. With a presence in more than 80 countries and about 200,000 employees, including 160,000 in Europe, BNP Paribas is a leading European provider of financial services on a worldwide scale. It ranks highly in its three core activities: Retail Banking, Investment Solutions and Corporate & Investment Banking. In Retail Banking, the Group has four domestic markets: Belgium, France, Italy and Luxembourg. BNP Paribas is rolling out its integrated model across the Europe-Mediterranean zone and boasts a large network in the United States. BNP Paribas Personal Finance is the leader in consumer lending in Europe. In its Corporate & Investment Banking and Investment Solutions activities, BNP Paribas also enjoys top positions in Europe and solid and fast-growing businesses in Asia.
*Rated AA by Standard & Poor's i.e. 3rd rating on a scale of 22.

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