BNP Paribas

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Group.png BNP Paribas  
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Predecessor• Banque Nationale de Paris
• Banque de Paris et des Pays-Bas
HeadquartersParis, France
Member ofBusiness for Inclusive Growth, Centre for European Policy Studies/Corporate Members, Institut Aspen France
Membership• Jean Lemierre
• Jacques Aschenbroich
• Pierre-André de Chalendar
• Baudouin Prot
• Michel Pébereau
• Claude Bébéar
• Jean-Laurent Bonnafé
• Jean-Marie Gianno
• Denis Kessler
• Meglena Kuneva
• Jean-François Lepetit
• Laurence Parisot
• Nicole Misson
• Hélène Ploix
• Louis Schweitzer
• Michel Tilmant
• Emiel Van Broekhoven
• Daniela Weber-Rey
• Fields Wicker-Miurin
• Philippe Bordenave
• Georges Chodron de Courcel
• François Villeroy de Galhau
• Monique Cohen
• Wouter De Ploey
• Hugues Epaillard
• Rajna Gibson Brandon
• Marion Guillou
• Daniela Schwarzer
• Michel Tilmant
• Sandrine Verrier
• Jane Fields Wicker-Miurin
• Christian Noyer
World's 8th largest bank by total assets, paid the US Justice Department $8.97 billion after accusations of money laundering

BNP Paribas S.A. is a French international banking group. It is the world's 8th largest bank by total assets, and currently operates with a presence in 72 countries.


It was formed through the merger of Banque Nationale de Paris (BNP) and Paribas in 2000, but has a corporate identity stretching back to its first foundation in 1848 as a national bank. It is one of three major international French banks, along with Société Générale and Crédit Agricole.

After the end of the Second World War, the French state decided to "put banks and credit to work for national reconstruction", and the bank was nationalized. The bank was re-privatised in 1993 under the leadership of Michel Pébereau as part of a second Chirac government's privatization policy.

The Biggest 'Fine' in history

On 30 May 2014, BNP Paribas agreed to a guilty plea with the United States Department of Justice for violating U.S. regulations and evading unilateral US sanctions - sanctions that were not imposed by the EU or France.

The US Justice Department sought a fine of more than US $10 billion[1], which was reduced to 8.97 billion in negotiations. BNP Paribas was said to have laundered up to US$100 million from the sanctioned countries of Sudan, Iran, and Cuba, which is illegal in the US, but not in France or the EU. BNP Paribas was also barred for one year under the plea agreement from certain US dollar-dominated transactions.

The US government was using the case to punish France for selling 2 Mistral amphibious assault ships to Russia, in a $1.5 billion contract, which the US pushed for France to cancel after the Crimea sanctions were imposed in 2014.

Cartel Conviction

In September 2010, BNP Paribas, along with ten other banks, were fined 381.1 million euros by the Conseil de la Concurrence. The banks had made an appointment to charge their customers 4.3 cents per check from January 2002 to July 2007 in order to make extra profits. This affected 80% of the checks used in France. Until 2002 check transactions in France were free of charge. After the intervention of the banking regulator, which called the profits "illegal", this practice was ended. The banks in this cartel were also fined 3.8 million euros for excessive fees. According to the Conseil de la Concurrence, BNP played a leading role in the cartel, which is why its sentence was 10% higher. It was increased by a further 20% since BNP had already been sentenced in 2000 for anti-competition. [2][3]


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Alessandro VanzettoDirectorJune 2009July 2018


Known members

7 of the 31 of the members already have pages here:

Claude BébéarFrench insurance executive and organizer of the business lobby.
Pierre-André de ChalendarDouble Bilderberg French businessman.
François Villeroy de GalhauGovernor of the Bank of France since 2015.
Christian NoyerGovernor of the Banque de France 2003-2015
Laurence ParisotFrench businesswoman
Louis SchweitzerSecond generation Triple Bilderberger Swiss President of Le Siècle
Michel TilmantDutch Bilderberg banker
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