Bank of the West and BNP Paribas Leasing Solutions partner to offer enhanced equipment finance and leasing services

 Bank of the West and BNP Paribas Leasing Solutions partner to offer enhanced
                    equipment finance and leasing services

Program with BNP Paribas Leasing Solutions Provides Expanded Support for
Capital Equipment Manufacturers in the U.S.

PR Newswire

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 22, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Bank of the West and BNP Paribas
Leasing Solutions are partnering to provide enhanced equipment finance and
leasing services for capital equipment manufacturers and dealers.

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Bank of the West and BNP Paribas Leasing Solutions have formed a joint
marketing program to better serve BNP Paribas Leasing Solutions strategic
partners operating in the United States.

"This is the best of both worlds – the strong U.S. based vendor finance
capabilities and resources of Bank of the West and the expertise and resources
of BNP Paribas Leasing Solutions, a global leader in vendor finance," said
Jerry Newell, Executive Vice President and Manager of Bank of the West's
Equipment Finance Division.

Under the BNP Paribas brand, Bank of the West will support BNP Paribas Leasing
Solutions strategic partners, which are leading manufacturers of construction,
agricultural, material handling and technology equipment. Bank of the West
will offer a full array of products and services including retail equipment
finance products, wholesale floor plan products and managed services.

The joint marketing program ensures a global approach to managing
relationships and brings capabilities and resources specific to the
competitive U.S. market.

With more than $3 billion in assets, Bank of the West's Equipment Finance
Division has 71,000 equipment finance contracts under management, 210
employees and operates in all 50 states.

"BNP Paribas Leasing Solutions is now able to offer its key clients a 'One
Provider Approach' to facilitate their leasing needs and promote their
business development in the U.S. market," said Tony Taylor, Head of
International Development for BNP Paribas Leasing Solutions.

About BNP Paribas Leasing Solutions:

Within BNP Paribas, BNP Paribas Leasing Solutions is specialized in leasing
and rental solutions for professional equipment, offered either directly to
businesses and professionals or through its partners – manufacturers,
publishers and their distribution channels (dealers and resellers). With more
than €30.3 billion of outstandings under management and 3,600 employees
located worldwide, BNP Paribas Leasing Solutions is the European leader in
equipment leasing and is today the only financial institution with such a
wide-ranging offer, extending from simple leasing arrangements to long term
rental solutions and IT asset management contracts. Thanks to its both global
and local dimension, BNP Paribas Leasing Solutions is able to offer services
and solutions that create value in 22 countries worldwide: directly in
Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, India (Financial Company with SREI), Italy,
Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Turkey, United
Kingdom ; through BNP Paribas Group entities in Algeria (El Djazair), Egypt
(BNP Paribas Egypt), Gabon (BICIG), Ivory Coast (BICICI), Morocco (BMCI
Leasing), Senegal (BICIS), Tunisia (UBCI Leasing) and USA (Bank of the West).

About BNP Paribas

BNP Paribas (www.bnpparibas.com) has a presence in 80 countries with nearly
200,000 employees, including more than 150,000 in Europe. It ranks highly in
its three core activities: Retail Banking, Investment Solutions and Corporate
& Investment Banking. In Europe, the Group has four domestic markets (Belgium,
France, Italy and Luxembourg) and BNP Paribas Personal Finance is the leader
in consumer lending. BNP Paribas is rolling out its integrated retail banking
model across Mediterranean basin countries, in Turkey, in Eastern Europe and a
large network in the western part of the United States. In its Corporate &
Investment Banking and Investment Solutions activities, BNP Paribas also
enjoys top positions in Europe, a strong presence in the Americas and solid
and fast-growing businesses in Asia.

About Bank of the West:

Founded in 1874, $62.7 billion-asset Bank of the West (www.bankofthewest.com),
Member FDIC and equal housing lender, offers a full range of personal,
commercial, wealth management and international banking services. The bank
operates more than 700 retail and commercial banking locations in 19 Western
and Midwestern states. Bank of the West is a subsidiary of BNP Paribas, which
has a presence in 80 countries with nearly 200,000 employees.

SOURCE Bank of the West

Website: http://www.bankofthewest.com
Contact: Jim Cole, Bank of the West Corporate Communications, +1-415-399-8268,
jim.cole@bankofthewest.com; or Karine Rifai, BNP Paribas Leasing Solutions
Corporate Communications, +33 1 41 97 14 54, @bnpparibas.co,
karine.rifai@bnpparibas.com
 
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