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France to play against USA in Winston Salem in the quarterfinal of the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas on 11, 12 and 13 April 2008

The quarterfinal of the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas will take place this coming 11 to 13 April, when France will play against United States in Winston Salem at the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

Faithful to its active partnership, BNP Paribas is organising an important public relations operation for its American clients, allowing them to attend the highly anticipated encounter between these two national teams.

The United States is a territory in which the three segments of BNP Paribas are represented through Corporate and Investment Banking, Asset Management & Services branch which includes the subsidiaries FFTW and FundQuest, and a Private Banking business. Lastly, in Retail Banking, its subsidiary BancWest, which is composed of Bank of the West and First Hawaiian Bank, has a network of 760 branches in nineteen states in the American West. In addition, Bank of the West is the title sponsor of the WTA Bank of the West Classic, an international tennis tournament held in California.

BNP Paribas is the largest French bank both by market capitalization and net profit. The group's head office is in France where it is a leader in all of its activities. BNP Paribas is notably N°1 in private banking, in mergers and acquisitions and in consumer credit.

In 2002, as its internationalisation was gathering pace, BNP Paribas became the title sponsor of the Davis Cup. Since then this partnership has been contributing to the rapid international development of the BNP Paribas brand, and has allowed this prestigious competition to accelerate its development. With approximately 142 nations participating, and a worldwide television audience of 2 billion every year, the Davis Cup is a powerful showcase for the Group, present in 85 countries.
BNP Paribas is the number 1 sponsor of tennis in the world today, and has made tennis one of the most influential elements of its brand.

BNP Paribas's commitment to tennis is one of the longest in the history of the sport. It reflects the lasting relationship of trust that the bank develops with its customers every day.

BNP Paribas and tennis
In 2008, BNP Paribas will be celebrating the 35th anniversary of its partnership with tennis. Since 1973, BNP Paribas has been actively involved with the sport and has constantly strengthened its commitment since then to support it both worldwide and locally, in family and school settings, and as a social activity.
As a result, BNP Paribas has historically been a privileged partner in all aspects of tennis: as an Official Sponsor of the French Open for 34 years, and a sponsor of the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas since 2001, of the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas since 2005, and of the BNP Paribas Masters since 1986, as well as other major international tournaments (WTA Bank of the West Classic in California, Master Series Monte Carlo, BNP Paribas Women's Open in Strasbourg, Grand Prix de Lyon, etc.). BNP Paribas also supports tennis at a local level in France, with 550 tournaments, including the Trophée BNP Paribas de la Famille, various training programmes developed by the Fédération Française de Tennis, and Yannick Noah's association Fête le Mur.

About BNP Paribas
BNP Paribas ( is a European leader in global banking and financial services and one of the four strongest banks in the world according to Standard & Poor's. The group is present in over 85 countries and has 161,000 employees, 125,000 of whom are in Europe. The group holds key positions in three major areas of activity: 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. In addition, BNP Paribas has a significant and growing presence in the United States and strong positions in Asia and the emerging countries.