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BNP Relocates Asia Credit Head

28 Jul 2002

Emmanuel Dianflon, Asian head of credit derivatives at BNP Paribas in Hong Kong, recently relocated to Paris where he is in discussions to assume a role within the fixed-income group. "Emmanuel has been repatriated to Paris at his request," said Brian Lazell, Asia-Pacific head of credit markets at BNP in Hong Kong, adding that Dianflon is in discussions with management over a new role in Paris. Dianflon is said to have built the French bank's credit derivatives operation in non-Japan Asia, according to market officials. Earlier this year Lazell moved to the Hong Kong desk from London, where he was global head of emerging markets.

"[BNP] will temporarily manage trading activity from Tokyo," according to Lazell. He declined to elaborate or comment further. Bill Xie, credit derivatives trader, resigned to join Barclays Capital Singapore (DW, 7/22).

A credit trader at a rival firm noted that BNP has been among the largest players in the Asian market, "They've been pretty active in Asia--definitely a liquidity provider." He continued that as the non-Japan Asia market is still in its nascent stage, if BNP quiets down, it would decrease liquidity in the market.

28 Jul 2002