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February 15, 2003

 

 

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Securities in Portugal

www.bcp.pt

Banco Comercial Portuguese S.A. was incorporated on 25th June, 1985 with the support of a team of experienced bankers following the deregulation of the Portuguese banking industry. At that time fourteen years ago, the bank's management clearly defined and consistently pursued, a strategy based upon quality of service, market segmentation and cross-selling. Through subsidiaries of the Bank, often in partnership with leading international financial institutions, the Group engages in all financial services activities.

As a result of the success of its strategy, the Group has experienced high growth rates and consistent strong profitability since its inception. It also maintained high BIS capital ratios and significantly better asset quality. Strong competition, increased deregulation and the relative size of the Portuguese financial services market within the EU led the Bank's management to decide to secure a dominant market share in the domestic market. This was achieved in 1995 through the acquisition of Banco Portuguese do Atlantico S.A.

Currently the Group ranks 2nd in Banking and 1st in all other financial activities in Portugal. The Bank is the second largest company listed on the Lisbon Stock Exchange with a market capitalisation of almost 10% of the total Portuguese share capitalisation; it is also listed in New York, Frankfurt and London.

BCP earned its leadership position and reputation as a pre-eminent securities services provider through superior quality of service, commitment to this business and innovation. Custody services are a traditional component of BCP's range of services with long term strategy, being a critical factor of its success.

In line with this strategy and also due to the recent market environment changes, Banco Comercial Portuguese decided to play an active role in the field of Securities Lending & Borrowing, and, in September 1999, launched its own domestic program. We are confident that the implementation of this new service will bring to our customers the possibility to obtain greater settlement efficiency in the local market. We will be pleased to show you how easy and secure it is to deal with securities in Portugal through BCP.

Paulo Guia
BCP



 


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