BNP Paribas Wins Prime Brokerage Business With Hedge Fund CQS

Bloomberg – BNP Paribas SA, France’s biggest bank, won prime brokerage business in Asia with hedge fund CQS (U.K.) LLP as it seeks to lure clients in the region from rivals.

The new contract with CQS, a London-based hedge fund manager that has an office in Hong Kong and oversees about $7.5 billion, adds to BNP Paribas’s existing relationships with major hedge funds in the region, according to Talbot Stark, global head of BNP Paribas hedge fund relationships. He declined to name other existing clients.

“We have prime brokerage relationships with three or four of the market leaders in Asia that are outperforming their peers and look to be longer-term survivors in the Asian hedge fund market,” Stark, 43, said in a telephone interview yesterday. “We’re in discussions with several other key players that are making decisions to change their prime brokerage providers and are seeking alternative providers that are established and committed to the region.”

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