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The Tale of a European Commitment to the United States: The BNP Paribas Group Publishes First US History Book

NEW YORK and SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 11, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- BNP Paribas and Bank of the West are pleased to announce the publication of a book that recounts their presence in America as well as the banks’ ongoing commitment to the country. The book, entitled The History of BNP Paribas in the United States: 1858-2018, celebrates the Group’s rich history in the nation. It also illustrates cultural bonds between France and the U.S., highlights how the U.S. today represents BNP Paribas’ largest market after France, and is a pivotal piece of the Group’s ambitions.

BNP Paribas has been a part of the American fabric since the mid-1800s, and the book provides deeper insight into BNP Paribas, Bank of the West and First Hawaiian’s role in the American story. The book illustrates how the bank and its forerunners have often played influential roles in historical events and the growth of the United States over the centuries, and is divided into three main sections:

  • Our Western Pioneers
  • Our European Roots
  • Growing US Presence in the 21st Century

Nandita Bakhshi, CEO of Bank of the West and co-CEO of BNP Paribas USA, “Bank of the West’s 140-year history comes to life in this book, which illustrates the numerous ways we’ve contributed to society, including as a partner to the wine industry and a leading lender to small businesses.”

Jean Yves Fillion, CEO of BNP Paribas USA and Chairman of CIB Americas; “It is our hope that The History of BNP Paribas in the United States: 1858-2018 will provide greater insight into the Group’s US presence, role in the American story, as well as its ambitions as we look ahead to our next chapter in the States.”

Jean Lemierre, Chairman of BNP Paribas: “This book is dedicated to our clients and to all our employees who built BNP Paribas in the United States; it also marks our commitment to serving all our customers and economic relations between Europe and America.”

A selection of articles can be found here. To request a copy of the book please contact us. 

Press Contacts BNP Paribas USA

Mylene Benmoussa +1 212 841 2351 mylene.benmoussa@us.bnpparibas.com
Joe Rauch +1 415 432 3696 media.relations@bankofthewest.com

Follow us on Twitter: @BNPPAmericas, @BankoftheWest

About BNP Paribas USA

BNP Paribas has built a strong and diversified presence in the United States to support its client base. The bank employs close to 15,000 people and has had a presence in the USA since the late 1800s. Bank of the West serves over 2 million individuals and small businesses through a network of around 600 branches and business centers. Large corporate and institutional clients are serviced by BNP Paribas’ Corporate & Institutional Banking franchise that has a presence in the main US cities, in addition to a global reach through a network of offices in EMEA and APAC. The bank also offers asset management services through BNP Paribas Asset Management as well as Real Estate and Fleet Services through partnerships. The Bank owns an equity stake in Nasdaq-listed First Hawaiian Bank which was previously 100% owned by BNP Paribas. . www.usa.bnpparibas

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