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London/Madrid – BNP Paribas Securities Services in Madrid (BNP Paribas) has been appointed depository bank and fund administrator by Algebra Partners, the first independent hedge fund manager in Spain to be accredited by the CNMV, the Spanish securities market regulator.

BNP Paribas will provide a complete portfolio servicing solution to Algebra that includes fund accounting, Net Asset Value calculation and investment compliance monitoring for the firm's recently launched ‘Cygnus' fund. BNP Paribas will also prepare regulatory reporting for the fund as well as provide a customised ‘white label' client reporting solution for Algebra's own investor clients.

The recent authorisation of domestic, onshore hedge funds in Spain (known as fondos de inversión libre) has created a new market for servicing alternative assets in Spain. BNP Paribas is well placed to meet client needs in this area – by leveraging its proven experience in serving hedge funds in other European markets, BNP Paribas has been able to adapt and deploy a solution that meets the specific requirements of local fund managers in Spain.

Alvara Camunas, Head of BNP Paribas Securities Services in Spain, said “We are delighted to be appointed by Algebra as administrator for Spain's first independent hedge fund. This mandate underscores our commitment to develop new products and deliver innovation solutions to meet the evolving needs of our clients and the market. We are convinced that the alternative investment industry is poised for rapid growth in the coming years and we are very well placed to accompany our clients as the market develops.”

Juan Cruz, Managing Director of Algebra, added: We were impressed by BNP Paribas' experience and track record in servicing alternative investments in other markets in Europe, as well as their ability to adapt this expertise to meet our local requirements here in Spain.”

In addition to Spain, BNP Paribas Securities Services offers comprehensive investment administration solutions to hedge funds and funds-of-hedge funds from its offices in Australia, France, Germany, Ireland Italy, Luxembourg and the United Kingdom.


BNP Paribas Securities Services

BNP Paribas Securities Services is a leading securities services provider to the world's financial institutions, with a local presence in all key European markets as well as in the US and Australasia. With 4,200 dedicated staff in 18 countries, BNP Paribas Securities Services has over 700 clients, including 8 of the world's top 10 investment managers, and a global custody network covering 90 markets. It holds EUR 3.43 trillion of assets under custody (Sept 2006) and EUR 570 billion of assets under administration for 4,500 funds world-wide. In 2005, BNP Paribas Securities Services processed over 27 million transactions and also provides performance, attribution and risk-measurement analysis for 2,500 investment portfolios.