The United States and Russia are two important countries for BNP Paribas.
The United States is the Group's third largest domestic market, with BNP Paribas' three business divisions represented : Corporate and Investment Banking, Asset Management and Services and Retail Banking. All the global business lines of CIB are active in the US. The Asset Management and Services division is represented by FFTW and FundQuest subsidiaries, and a Private Banking operation. Finally, in Retail Banking, its subsidiary BancWest, comprising Bank of the West and First Hawaiian Bank, has a network of 760 branches spread over nineteen states in the Western United States. Bank of the West, which has a presence in Portland, is also a local sponsor of the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Final.
In Russia, the bank is experiencing strong growth. At the end of September, BNP Paribas celebrated the 5th anniversary of its banking licence, the first anniversary for Arval (a BNP Paribas company specialising in long-term multiple-make corporate vehicle leasing), as well as the launch, at the end of August, of Cetelem, a pioneer in consumer credit and 100%-owned subsidiary of the BNP Paribas Group.
BNP Paribas became the title sponsor of the Davis Cup in 2002. BNP Paribas' partnership with the Davis Cup allows the Group to spread its image all over the world. With over 142 countries taking part and 2 billion television viewers world wide every year, the Davis Cup is a powerful means of communication for such an international group such as BNP Paribas which operates in over 85 countries.
BNP Paribas and tennis
In 2008, BNP Paribas will celebrate its 35 years of partnership with tennis. Yes, BNP Paribas has stood behind this sport since 1973, continually strengthening its commitment, and has supported it at all levels of the game: professional, amateur, international, local, family, educational programs and as a social activity.
BNP Paribas is a special and long-standing partner for all tennis lovers: Official Sponsor of Roland Garros for 34 years, sponsor of the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas since 2001, sponsor of the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas since 2005, sponsor of the BNP Paribas Masters since 1986, and also a sponsor of other major international competitions (WTA Bank of the West Classic in California, Masters Series Monte Carlo, BNP Paribas Women's Open in Strasbourg France, Grand Prix de Lyon, etc.). BNP Paribas also supports tennis at a local level in France with 550 tournaments, including the BNP Paribas Family Trophy, educational programs developed by the French Tennis Federation and Yannick Noah's Fête le Mur association.
BNP Paribas' commitment to tennis is one of the longest in the history of sport and is a reflection of the relationship the bank develops every day with its clients, a relationship based on trust and permanence.
About BNP Paribas
BNP Paribas (www.bnpparibas.com) is a European leader in global banking and financial services and is one of the 5 strongest banks in the world according to Standard & Poor's. The group is present in over 85 countries, with 161,000 employees, including 125,000 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.