Bank of the West Opens Flagship Wealth Management Client Center in San Francisco Center is Sixth Dedicated Wealth Management Location Opened by the Bank in the Past Year

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Bank of the West announced today that it has opened its flagship Wealth Management Center in San Francisco. The center creates a space for a diverse group of professionals from the bank to work side by side to deliver integrated solutions to the financial issues that affluent and high net worth clients face.

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Additionally, the creation of these new types of locations is designed to enhance the client experience by providing a convenient and private environment for the bank's clients. 

The Wealth Management Center is located at 555 Market Street in San Francisco's Financial District. The bank has opened other dedicated Wealth Management Centers during the past year in Los Angeles, Pasadena, San Jose, Palo Alto and Denver.

"The new space is a bricks-and-mortar demonstration of Bank of the West's values of service and customer focus.  We designed and created the center from our clients' point of view," said John Bahnken, head of the bank's Wealth Management Group and senior executive vice president. "At the same time, it gives our team the opportunity to collaborate across solutions to create deep, rich client relationships and experiences."

The bank's team of professionals serving affluent clients include: private client advisors, trust officers, private mortgage bankers, wealth financial advisors, portfolio managers, and business banking officers.

Bank of the West Wealth Management provides wealth planning consulting, investment management*, personal banking, and trust services.  The group is part of BNP Paribas' global wealth management business of more than 6,000 professionals in 30 countries worldwide with nearly $10 billion** in assets under management in the United States and $322 billion (€245 billion) in assets under management globally as of December 31, 2011.

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.

*Securities and variable annuities are offered through BancWest Investment Services, Inc., a registered broker/dealer, Member FINRA/SIPC.  Financial Advisors are Registered Representatives of BancWest Investment Services, Inc.  Fixed annuities/insurance products are offered through BancWest Insurance Agency in California (License # 0C52321) and through BancWest Insurance Agency in Utah, and through BancWest Investment Services in AZ, CO, IA, ID, KS, MN, MO, ND, NE, NM, NV, OK, OR, SD, WA, WI, WY

Bank of the West Wealth Management provides financial products and services through Bank of the West and its various affiliates and subsidiaries.  Bank of the West and its various affiliates and subsidiaries are not tax or legal advisors.

BancWest Investment Services, Inc., is a wholly owned subsidiary of Bank of the West and 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. 

Investment and Insurance products are:

NOT FDIC INSURED • NOT BANK GUARANTEED • MAY LOSE VALUE • NOT A DEPOSIT • NOT INSURED BY ANY FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AGENCY

** Including assets under supervision at BancWest Investment Services

SOURCE Bank of the West



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