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1st Round Russia-China in Moscow for the 2009 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas

Since 2005, BNP Paribas, world tennis's number 1 partner, has actively supported the development of the Fed Cup, the world's premier international team competition in women's tennis, now known as the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas.

The first round of the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas 2009 will take place 7 to 8 February, when Russia will play against China at the Olympic Stadium in Moscow.

A loyal and energetic tennis sponsor for 36 years, BNP Paribas is going to seize the opportunity of this prestigious tennis competition to share its enthusiasm for sport with its Russian and Chinese customers.

BNP Paribas is one of the first foreign banking groups who came in Russia in 1974 and started its activity through a Representative Office. BNP Paribas opened the world trade finance business in the 70's and adapted the way of financing commodities to the Russian market in 90's. BNP Paribas never stopped its activity in Russia and accompanied the largest Russian companies from their birth until now. Today BNP Paribas Group is represented in Russia via three major segments: Corporate and Investment Banking, Asset Management & Services and Retail Banking.

In February 2008, BNP Paribas opened its first branches in Moscow and now covers the main areas of financial and banking activity for the Individuals, Small and Medium Enterprises and Corporate Clients in Russia with its 11 branches in Moscow, 5 in St-Petersburg and 3 in Nizhny Novgorod.

In North & East Asia, BNP Paribas is organized around the dynamic regional hub of Hong Kong with its business primarily comprising the two core areas of Corporate and Investment Banking & Asset Management and Services. It is represented in Hong Kong, Shanghaï and China.

BNP Paribas, a partner of tennis in all its forms, became the title sponsor of the Fed Cup in 2005. This sponsorship is an opportunity for the group to incorporate the richness of women's values, which are the values of the future, into its image. This partnership also enables the group to share its passion for tennis with almost all of the territories in which it conducts its activities. With more than 80 participating nations, the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas is a powerful vector of communication for the group, which is present in 85 countries.

BNP Paribas and tennis
For 36 years, BNP Paribas has been actively involved in tennis sponsorship, regularly increasing its support – both locally and internationally, for families, schools and the community.
Gradually, BNP Paribas has become the world's number 1 tennis sponsor: official global sponsor of Roland Garros since 1973, sponsor of the Davis Cup since 2001, of the Fed Cup since 2005 and of the BNP Paribas Masters since 1986, the Monte Carlo Master Series since 2005, the Internazionali BNL d'Italia in Rome since 2006, as well as being actively involved in other international competitions (WTA Bank of the West Classic in California, the Marseille Open 13, the Strasbourg Open, the Lyon Grand Prix de tennis, etc.). BNP Paribas also supports tennis locally in France, and is involved in more than 550 tournaments, including the BNP Paribas family trophy, various training programmes set up by the French Tennis Federation and Yannick Noah's “Fête le Mur” association.

About BNP Paribas
BNP Paribas ( is a European leader in global banking and financial services and is one of the 6 strongest banks in the world according to Standard & Poor's. The group is present in 85 countries, with more than 171,000 employees, including 131.000 in Europe. The group holds key positions in three major segments: Corporate and Investment Banking, Asset Management & Services and Retail Banking. Present throughout Europe in all of its business lines, the bank's two domestic markets in retail banking are France and Italy. BNP Paribas also has a significant presence in the United States and strong positions in Asia and the emerging markets.