Press Release


San Francisco, Calif | Mar 17, 2011

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Bank of the West Commits $200,000 to Japan Relief

Bank of the West, First Hawaiian and BNP Paribas contribute to disaster relief

Bank of the West announced today it is contributing up to $200,000 to help the victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The Bank is providing $100,000 in direct support to relief and recovery efforts and encouraging team members to consider personal contributions that will be matched up to an additional $100,000.

To further support the Japanese people during this critical period, Bank of the West is waiving fees for its customers on money transfers from the U.S. to Japan. Customers can make transfers from any Bank of the West branch through April 30, 2011.

This support from Bank of the West is part of an integrated response to the disaster on the part of the Bank's parent company, the BNP Paribas Group, which has committed more than $1.2 million to help the survivors of the disaster, including a $100,000 donation from Bank of the West's sister company, First Hawaiian Bank.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Japan as they manage through the impact of the recent earthquakes and tsunami," said Michael Shepherd, Chairman and CEO of Bank of the West. "On behalf of our 10,000 team members, we want to express our sympathy and support the vital relief efforts in Japan."

Bank of the West will donate $50,000 to the Japan Society of Northern California's Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund and $50,000 to the Japan America Society of Southern California's 2011 Japan Relief Fund. The Bank is also encouraging team members to contribute to non-profit relief efforts and has set aside $100,000 to match individual donations of up to $1,000 per team member.

First Hawaiian Bank has established the Japan-Hawaii Relief Fund with a donation of $100,000. Contributions to the fund will be donated to the Japan-America Society of Hawaii's Japanese Red Cross benefit fund. Contributions to this Fund may be made at First Hawaiian Bank branches through March 31, 2011.

About Bank of the West: Based in San Francisco, $58 billion-asset Bank of the West offers a full range of business, corporate, personal, trust and international banking services and operates more than 700 branch locations and commercial banking offices in 19 Western and Midwestern states. Founded on a commitment to relationship banking, the Bank's Wealth Management Group provides banking, wealth planning, insurance and investment services to high net worth individuals. Bank of the West's holding company, BancWest Corporation, is a subsidiary of BNP Paribas, among the six strongest banks in the world, according to Standard & Poor's. More information at www.bankofthewest.com.

About First Hawaiian Bank: First Hawaiian Bank is Hawaii's oldest and largest bank with over $15 billion in total assets and 63 branches throughout Hawaii, Guam and CNMI.

Media Contact:
Jim Cole
Corporate Communications, Bank of the West
(415) 399-8268
jim.cole@bankofthewest.com

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