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February 3, 2011 -

Russia and France will meet in the World Group quarterfinals of Fed Cup 2011 by BNP Paribas on 5 and 6 February at the Olympic Stadium in Moscow

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BNP Paribas, the world No.1 tennis sponsor, has been an active supporter of women’s team competition of the Federation Cup since 2005.

On 5 and 6 February, women’s teams of Russia and France will meet in the World Group quarterfinals of the FedCup 2011 by BNP Paribas that will take place at the Olympic Stadium in Moscow.

BNP Paribas has been an active tennis supporter for 38 years and this status tournament will be a great opportunity for the Group to share its passion for this sport with the Russian and French tennis fans. “BNP Paribas is a committed, active partner of tennis. The slogan ‘We are tennis’ encapsulates this determination to promote the sport of tennis for all and in all its forms”, – says Laurent COURAUDON, Global Country Manager of BNP Paribas in Russia, President of “ BNP PARIBAS” ZAO.

BNP Paribas Group is one of the first foreign banking groups in Russia with its representative office established back in 1974. In the 1970s, the Group started to offer international trade finance services, and in the 1990s, the Group applied this experience in the Russian market. BNP Paribas never actually terminated its operations in Russia and was actively cooperating with the major Russian corporations since its establishment. Currently BNP Paribas is present in Russia in three key market segments: Corporate and Investment Banking, Investment Solutions and Retail Banking.

In Russia, BNP Paribas also offers a wide range of consumer and corporate banking services. In February 2008 first banking outlets of BNP Paribas started to operate in Moscow, and as of now there are 14 branches in Moscow, 7 branches in St.Petersburg, 3 in Rostov-on-Don and 1 in Ekaterinburg.

BNP Paribas today is a global-scale European leader in banking and financial services and is one of the 6 strongest banks in the world according to Standard & Poors. Within the last 10 years the Group has grown fourfold with presence in more than 80 countries. Around 60% of Group’s business is carried out outside France. Through its balanced business model, geographic diversification and the efficient risk management policy, BNP Paribas was one of a few financial groups in the world that managed to minimize crisis implications.

BNP Paribas and Tennis
In 2011 BNP Paribas celebrates the 40th anniversary of its partnership with Tennis. Since 1973, BNP Paribas has been an active supporter of sports continuously extending its sponsorship activities in France as well as in other countries of its presence. The Group supports various sport competitions paying much attention to the support of families, schools and specific social programs. BNP Paribas is a longstanding and reliable partner for all lovers of tennis. The Group has been the official sponsor of Rolland Garros for 38 years. Since 1986 BNP Paribas sponsors BNP Paribas Masters, and since 2001, the Bank is the title sponsor of Davis Cup. In 2005, the Group became sponsor of the Federation Cup. Besides, the Group also supports the following international competitions: WTA Bank of the West Classic in California, Masters Series in Monte-Carlo, BNP Paribas Women’s Open in Strasbourg, and Grand Prix de Lyon.
BNP Paribas also provides support to tennis competitions in France by sponsoring over 550 local tournaments including BNP Paribas Family Trophy, various training programs implemented under French Tennis Association and the “Fкte le Mur” nonprofit organization (Yannick Noah).

About BNP Paribas
BNP Paribas (www.bnpparibas.com) is one of the 6 strongest banks in the world according to Standard & Poor’s. With a presence in 85 countries and more than 200,000 employees, 160,000 of which in Europe, BNP Paribas is a global-scale European leader in financial services. It holds key positions in its three activities: Retail banking, Investment Solutions and Corporate & Investment Banking. The Group benefits from its four domestic markets in Retail banking sector: Belgium, France, Italy and Luxembourg. The Bank expands its integrated business model in Europe and the Mediterranian and also has a significant presence in the United States. BNP Paribas Personal Finance is a leader in consumer lending in Europe. The Bank also holds leading positions in Europe in the Corporate and Investment Banking and Investment Solutions segments, with strong positions in Asia where it is also expanding its activities.

Press Office in Russia

Julia Panevina
Corporate and Investment Banking, BNP Paribas
Sponsorship and Events
+7 (495) 225 89 23
julia.panevina@bnpparibas.com

Anna Georgieva
Retail Banking, BNP Paribas
+7 (495) 660-91-81, доб. 1108
anna.georgieva@cetelem.ru, anna.georgieva@bnpparibas.com

Anna Zykova
Consumer Loans, CETELEM
+7 495 660-91-81, доб. 1047
anna.zykova@cetelem.ru

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