BNP Paribas and NASDAQ Sign On as Strategic Sponsors of March 13-14 'Structured Products 2006' Conference at New York City's Harvard Club

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With just 21 days left until the Second Annual Conference of the Structured Products Association, several new sponsors have announced their participation as sponsors of the Conference, which now includes the most prominent law firms, structured products issuers and index providers in the structured products world.

BNP Paribas and NASDAQ confirmed their participation this week as key sponsors of the Second Annual Structured Products Association ("SPA") Industry Conference, joining some of the most prominent law firms, products issuers and index providers in the structured products world.

BNP Paribas and NASDAQ joined Standard & Poor's, Mergent Inc., Davis Polk & Wardwell, Morrison/Foerster, Alston + Bird, Calyon USA, Societe Generale, Fairholme International Ltd. and PlusFunds as sponsors of North America's premiere structured products event.

A joint effort of the The Structured Products Association and Financial Research Associates, LLC, "Structured Products 2006" will be held on March 13-14, 2006 at the The Harvard Club, in New York City. The event attracts hundreds of the best and the brightest in the structured products industry.

In announcing the new sponsors, Financial Research Associates' Ellen Wofford stated, "We're continuing the dialogue with other potential partner who recognize the strategic benefit of sponsoring the premiere conference on Structured Products in North America. There are only two more sponsorship opportunities available before the event is at full capacity."

Structured Products in 2005 once again demonstrated that these financial instruments are the fastest growing segment of the financial services industry. The U.S. structured products industry surpassed $50 billion in new issuances for the first time last year. Structured Products 2006 continues an annual tradition to bring together a stellar group of the best in the business to explore the latest innovations in this booming industry.

"Given the phenomenal year in structured products in North America in 2005, the interest in the investment class has certainly intensified," said SPA Spokesperson Negin Janati. "We're seeing a significant increase in the number of attendees in SPA events, especially among those who are interested in breaking into the industry."

The March 13-14 conference will highlight the upcoming year in this compelling investment class, including detailed discussions of the various types of structured products from professionals at Citigroup, JPMorgan, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley and Lehman Brothers. The conference will devote much of the agenda to the latest regulatory and tax developments in the structured products arena, provide detailed discussion of the distribution climate, and focus in on what's developing in the international world of structured products.

With an expected turnout of hundreds of attendees, structured products professionals have confirmed their attendance from Barclays, Schwab, Fidelity, JPMorgan, CSFB, Bear Stearns, SocGen, BNP Paribas, Calyon, Citigroup, Incapital, LaSalle, Countrywide, Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch, HSBC, and dozens of other global players in the structured products industry.

About Financial Research Associates ("FRA"). FRA provides access to timely and focused business information and networking opportunities through top-level, executive Summits, conferences and seminars. Offering highly targeted events, FRA positions itself as a preferred resource for executives and managers seeking cutting-edge information on the next wave of business opportunities in Structured Products, Alternative Investments, Renewable Energy, Private Equity and more.

About SPA - The Structured Products Association is a New York-based trade group whose mission includes positioning structured products as a distinct asset class; promoting financial innovation among member firms; developing model “best practices” for members and their firms; identifying legal, tax, compliance and regulatory challenges to the business. With more than 1,800 members, the Association has members from the exchanges, self-regulatory bodies, legal-compliance community, financial media, investor networks, family offices, and both buy-side and sell-side structured product firms.

The conference brochure can be downloaded at

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