Aozora Bank and Silicon Valley Bank Enter Into a Joint Marketing Agreement To Form a Strategic Marketing Alliance

Apr 18, 2001, 01:00 ET from Silicon Valley Bank

    SANTA CLARA, Calif., April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Silicon Valley Bank, a
 wholly owned subsidiary of Silicon Valley Bancshares (Nasdaq:   SIVB), announced
 today that it has formed a joint marketing agreement with Japan-based Aozora
 Bank, Ltd.  This follows a $2.5 million investment made by Silicon Valley
 Bancshares to Aozora Bank in September 2000.
      Aozora and Silicon Valley Bank formed a strategic marketing alliance to
 assist and expand business opportunities with emerging growth technology and
 life sciences companies, both in Japan and the United States.  This alliance
 will enable both banks to expand their client networks in Japan and the United
 States through mutual client introductions and collaborative business
 promotion.
     "Silicon Valley Bank's decision to join with Aozora reflects the Bank's
 overall global strategy of building strategic relationships with global
 financial institutions," said Harry Kellogg, Vice Chairman of Silicon Valley
 Bank.  "Aozora's business focus on emerging growth technology companies makes
 them an excellent choice for Silicon Valley Bank in the creation of this
 alliance in the very important Japan market."
     As part of the joint marketing agreement, Aozora will send an employee to
 Silicon Valley Bank's headquarters to collaborate on marketing efforts and
 financial opportunities.  Aozora and Silicon Valley Bank will cooperate on
 public relations activities, marketing events and will establish links on each
 others' web sites.
     "We are pleased to have established this joint marketing agreement with
 Silicon Valley Bank," said Tomochika Iwashita, senior managing director and
 senior executive officer of Aozora Bank.  "One of our goals is to build Aozora
 Bank into the leading technology bank in Japan, and we look forward to joining
 with Silicon Valley Bank to accomplish that goal."
 
     About Silicon Valley Bank
     Silicon Valley Bank serves emerging growth and middle market companies in
 targeted niches, focusing on technology and life sciences, while also
 addressing other specific industries in which it can provide a higher level of
 service and better manage credit through specialization and focus.
     The Bank operates throughout the Silicon Valley:  Santa Clara, Palo Alto
 and Sand Hill, the center of the venture capital community in California.
 Other regional offices within California include:  Irvine, Los Angeles,
 Napa Valley, San Diego, San Francisco, Santa Barbara, and Sonoma.  Office
 locations outside of California include:  Phoenix, Arizona; Boulder, Colorado;
 West Palm Beach, Florida; Atlanta, Georgia; Chicago, Illinois; Boston,
 Massachusetts; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Durham, North Carolina; Portland,
 Oregon; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Austin, Texas; Dallas, Texas; Northern
 Virginia; and Seattle, Washington.  More information on the Bank can be found
 at www.svb.com.
 
     About Aozora Bank
     Aozora Bank, Ltd., who's major shareholders are SOFTBANK CORP., ORIX
 Corporation and The Tokio Marine and Fire Insurance Co., Ltd., strive to
 answer the customer demands of the times by offering distinctive financial
 support and advisory services to developing companies with a high growth
 potential, as well as by making use of a variety of Internet channels.  The
 headquarters of Aozora are located in Tokyo, Japan.  More information Aozora
 Bank, Ltd. can be found at http://www.aozorabank.co.jp/ .
 
 

SOURCE Silicon Valley Bank
    SANTA CLARA, Calif., April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Silicon Valley Bank, a
 wholly owned subsidiary of Silicon Valley Bancshares (Nasdaq:   SIVB), announced
 today that it has formed a joint marketing agreement with Japan-based Aozora
 Bank, Ltd.  This follows a $2.5 million investment made by Silicon Valley
 Bancshares to Aozora Bank in September 2000.
      Aozora and Silicon Valley Bank formed a strategic marketing alliance to
 assist and expand business opportunities with emerging growth technology and
 life sciences companies, both in Japan and the United States.  This alliance
 will enable both banks to expand their client networks in Japan and the United
 States through mutual client introductions and collaborative business
 promotion.
     "Silicon Valley Bank's decision to join with Aozora reflects the Bank's
 overall global strategy of building strategic relationships with global
 financial institutions," said Harry Kellogg, Vice Chairman of Silicon Valley
 Bank.  "Aozora's business focus on emerging growth technology companies makes
 them an excellent choice for Silicon Valley Bank in the creation of this
 alliance in the very important Japan market."
     As part of the joint marketing agreement, Aozora will send an employee to
 Silicon Valley Bank's headquarters to collaborate on marketing efforts and
 financial opportunities.  Aozora and Silicon Valley Bank will cooperate on
 public relations activities, marketing events and will establish links on each
 others' web sites.
     "We are pleased to have established this joint marketing agreement with
 Silicon Valley Bank," said Tomochika Iwashita, senior managing director and
 senior executive officer of Aozora Bank.  "One of our goals is to build Aozora
 Bank into the leading technology bank in Japan, and we look forward to joining
 with Silicon Valley Bank to accomplish that goal."
 
     About Silicon Valley Bank
     Silicon Valley Bank serves emerging growth and middle market companies in
 targeted niches, focusing on technology and life sciences, while also
 addressing other specific industries in which it can provide a higher level of
 service and better manage credit through specialization and focus.
     The Bank operates throughout the Silicon Valley:  Santa Clara, Palo Alto
 and Sand Hill, the center of the venture capital community in California.
 Other regional offices within California include:  Irvine, Los Angeles,
 Napa Valley, San Diego, San Francisco, Santa Barbara, and Sonoma.  Office
 locations outside of California include:  Phoenix, Arizona; Boulder, Colorado;
 West Palm Beach, Florida; Atlanta, Georgia; Chicago, Illinois; Boston,
 Massachusetts; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Durham, North Carolina; Portland,
 Oregon; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Austin, Texas; Dallas, Texas; Northern
 Virginia; and Seattle, Washington.  More information on the Bank can be found
 at www.svb.com.
 
     About Aozora Bank
     Aozora Bank, Ltd., who's major shareholders are SOFTBANK CORP., ORIX
 Corporation and The Tokio Marine and Fire Insurance Co., Ltd., strive to
 answer the customer demands of the times by offering distinctive financial
 support and advisory services to developing companies with a high growth
 potential, as well as by making use of a variety of Internet channels.  The
 headquarters of Aozora are located in Tokyo, Japan.  More information Aozora
 Bank, Ltd. can be found at http://www.aozorabank.co.jp/ .
 
 SOURCE  Silicon Valley Bank

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