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BNP Paribas and Exane BNP Paribas announce three senior equities hires in EMEA

In a joint-statement, BNP Paribas Corporate & Institutional Banking and Exane BNP Paribas today announced that they have strengthened the senior management in their respective Equity Capital Markets (ECM) and Cash Equities businesses with the appointment of three senior hires. Andreas Bernstorff has been appointed Head of ECM in Europe, Middle East and Africa at BNP Paribas, while Bénédicte Thibord and Phil Griffith have joined Exane BNP Paribas as Global Head of Corporate Access, and Deputy Head of Equity Sales respectively. All three started in January 2017.

Mr Bernstorff joins from Citigroup where he was most recently a senior Managing Director and Head of ECM for Germany, Austria and the Nordics. He joined Citi in 2007 and has also held senior ECM roles at Dresdner Kleinwort and Morgan Stanley. Mr Bernstorff brings more than 25 years’ experience.

Ms Thibord joins from Kepler Cheuvreux where she was most recently global Head of SmartConnect. She joined Cheuvreux in 2008 and brings more than 18 years’ capital markets experience. Mr Griffith joins from Morgan Stanley where he spent the last 16 years, most recently as Head of Advisory Sales in Europe. He has also worked at UBS Investment Bank and brings almost 30 years’ experience in Capital Markets sales and leadership roles.

“We are delighted to welcome Andreas, Bénédicte and Phil to our business,” said Sophie Javary, Head of Corporate Finance EMEA at BNP Paribas and Vincent Rouviere, Head of Cash Equities at Exane   BNP Paribas. “These major hires reinforce our commitment to building a top quality capital markets, advisory and execution platform. We have a leading Cash Equity platform in Exane BNP Paribas – currently ranked second by Extel for pan-European sector research – and BNP Paribas features regularly in the top ten for EMEA ECM issuances and in the top three for equity-linked in Dealogic’s league tables. We will continue to invest in our Equities businesses to ensure we deliver the highest quality of service to our clients.”

Commenting on Mr Bernstorff, Ms Javary added: “Andreas brings deep experience in capital markets and longstanding success in building relationships with corporate clients. These qualities, together with our Cash Equity capabilities and close collaboration with our in-house derivatives business, will be key to growing our market penetration across Europe”

Commenting on Ms Thibord and Mr Griffith, Mr Rouviere added: “Bénédicte and Phil are experienced professionals with excellent track records of success. Ahead of the introduction of MiFID II, their appointments further enhance the quality of our access, execution, research and sales franchises.”

Mr Bernstorff succeeds Thierry Olive, who will take on new responsibilities in Investment Banking within the BNP Paribas Group in Asia. Ms Javary added: “I would also like to thank Thierry for the energy, drive and vision during his stewardship of the ECM platform and wish him great success in his new position.”

BNP Paribas’ ECM activity sits alongside M&A advisory to form the Corporate Finance EMEA department, acting as a centre of excellence. Corporate Finance EMEA consolidates its expertise to serve BNP Paribas Group clients, providing them with best-in-class advice for their most complex and strategic transactions. Corporate Finance EMEA is a part of the bank’s Corporate Clients Financing and Advisory (CCFA) division, which also includes the coverage of the corporate clients, complemented by specialist Industry Groups and Financing Solutions.

About BNP Paribas Corporate and Institutional Banking

Fully integrated in the BNP Paribas Group, BNP Paribas Corporate and Institutional Banking (CIB) is a leading provider of solutions to two client franchises: corporates and institutionals, and operates across EMEA (Europe Middle East Africa), APAC (Asia Pacific) and the Americas. The bank is a global leader in Debt Capital Markets and Derivatives. It is a top European house in Equity Capital Markets and it has leading franchises in Specialized Financing. In Securities Services, it is a top five House worldwide.     BNP Paribas CIB strives to service the global economy by providing solutions to its clients in financing (ECM, DCM, specialized financing), flow banking (trade finance and cash management), financial advisory (M&A, project finance), global markets (interest rates, credit, foreign exchange, equity derivatives), risk management, and securities services.

About Exane BNP Paribas

Exane BNP Paribas is one of Europe’s leading and fastest-growing equities businesses. Exane BNP Paribas is widely recognised in the cash equity industry, ranking 2nd for sector research in the most recent Extel Survey, recognised as a “Quality Leader” by Greenwich Associates and awarded in The Trade’s recent Algorithmic Trading Awards. Exane BNP Paribas offers a high quality execution platform with full electronic trading capability combined with research product renowned for depth and quality and experienced, well-ranked Sales and Specialist Sales teams.

About BNP Paribas

BNP Paribas is a leading bank in Europe with an international reach. It has a presence in 74 countries, with more than 190,000 employees, including more than 146,000 in Europe. The Group has key positions in its three main activities: Domestic Markets and International Financial Services (whose retail-banking networks and financial services are covered by Retail Banking & Services) and Corporate & Institutional Banking, which serves two client franchises: corporate clients and institutional investors. The Group helps all its clients (individuals, community associations, entrepreneurs, SMEs, corporates and institutional clients) to realise their projects through solutions spanning financing, investment, savings and protection insurance. In Europe, the Group has four domestic markets (Belgium, France, Italy and Luxembourg) and BNP Paribas Personal Finance is the leader in consumer lending. BNP Paribas is rolling out its integrated retail-banking model in Mediterranean countries, in Turkey, in Eastern Europe and a large network in the western part of the United States. In its Corporate & Institutional Banking and International Financial Services activities, BNP Paribas also enjoys top positions in Europe, a strong presence in the Americas as well as a solid and fast-growing business in Asia-Pacific.