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Bank of the West Hosts Female Entrepreneurs at New Wealth Management Center

Bank of the West Wealth Management Welcomes Female Entrepreneurs Earning One-Week Certification from Stanford Graduate School of Business

On July 14, Bank of the West welcomed the inaugural class of the BNP Paribas Wealth Management Women Entrepreneur program at its new Wealth Management Center in Palo Alto, California.

The event represented a commitment to global partnerships by both Bank of the West and parent company BNP Paribas. The 24 women in the entrepreneur program come from the United States, France, Italy, Belgium, Hong Kong and Singapore, and will attend a one-week certification program at Stanford Campus created to promote women entrepreneurship. At Bank of the West’s new wealth management center client grand opening event, at 531 Cowper Street in Palo Alto, they had the opportunity to network with Bank of the West clients based in Silicon Valley.

"Bank of the West has always sought to promote innovation," said John Bahnken, senior executive vice president and head of the Wealth Management Group. "We serve businesses at all stages of development across our various divisions. As a community-oriented bank with the international ties of BNP Paribas, we offer unique resources to help entrepreneurs expand their companies."

Following the event, the women participating in the program will spend the remainder of their week at nearby Stanford University, where they will be taking classes examining strategic leadership and team engagement, among other topics, with Stanford Graduate School of Business faculty members.

"This program illustrates the international scope of Bank of the West's wealth management expertise," said Sofia Merlo, co-head of BNP Paribas Wealth Management. "These women lead international and fast-growing businesses, and each of their companies employ different strategies to adapt and grow with their home markets. Bank of the West has cultivated expertise in helping entrepreneurs involved in the technology sector grow their businesses. Combining this experience with the international reach offered by BNP Paribas, this group of women will gain unique insights into the dynamics of entrepreneurship today."

About Bank of the West Wealth Management: 
Bank of the West Wealth Management provides wealth planning, investment management personal banking and trust services. The group is part of BNP Paribas' global wealth management business of more than 6,300 professionals in 30 countries worldwide with $15.5 billion as of June 2015* in assets under management in the United States and €332 billion ($372 billion) in assets under management globally as of March 2015.

About Bank of the West: 
Bank of the West is a regional financial services company chartered in California and headquartered in San Francisco with $70.9 billion in assets as of March 31, 2015. Founded in 1874, Bank of the West provides a wide range of personal, commercial, wealth management and international banking services through more than 600 offices in 22 states and digital channels. Bank of the West is a subsidiary of BNP Paribas, which has a presence in 75 countries with 185,000 employees.

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Bank of the West Wealth Management offers products and services through Bank of the West and its various affiliates and subsidiaries.

* Securities and variable annuities are offered through BancWest Investment Services, a registered broker/dealer, MemberĀ FINRA/SIPC. Financial Advisors are Registered Representatives of BancWest Investment Services. Fixed annuities/insurance products are offered through BancWest Insurance Agency in California, (License #0C52321), through BancWest Insurance Agency in Utah and through BancWest Investment Services, Inc. in AZ, CO, IA, ID, KS, MN, MO, ND, NE, NM, NV, OK, OR, SD, WA, WI, WY, HI, GUAM and CNMI. Bank of the West and its various affiliates and subsidiaries are not tax or legal advisors.

BancWest Investment Services is a wholly owned subsidiary of Bank of the West and a part of the Wealth Management Group. BancWest Corporation is the holding company for Bank of the West. BancWest Corporation is a wholly owned subsidiary of BNP Paribas.

* * Including assets under supervision at BancWest Investment Services

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