Why Daiwa Securities is Buying Derivatives Business from KBC at Golden Networking's Derivatives Leaders Forum 2010

Derivatives Leaders Forum 2010, "Strategies for Increasing Profits under an Evolving Regulatory Framework" (http://www.DerivativesLeadersForum.com), July 22nd, New York City.

New York, NY, July 09, 2010 --(PR.com)-- As reported by MarketWatch, Belgian financial services group KBC said Monday that it has agreed to sell some of its bonds and equity derivatives business to Daiwa Securities Capital Markets Co. More details on the rationale for this transaction will be offered by a blue-ribbon panel of experts at upcoming Golden Networking's Derivatives Leaders Forum 2010, "Strategies for Increasing Profits under an Evolving Regulatory Framework" (http://www.DerivativesLeadersForum.com), July 22nd, 2010, New York City, sponsored by UltraHighFrequencyTrading.com.

KBC said Daiwa will pay around $1 billion for its global convertible bond unit and its Asian equity derivatives operations, with around $800 million of the purchase price covering its trading positions. Daiwa Securities Capital Markets is the investment banking arm of Daiwa Securities Group Inc, one of the largest brokerage groups in Japan. "The agreement announced today marks another important step in KBC's strategy to wind down the structured products business," said CEO Jan Vanhevel on the Daiwa deal. "This divestment frees up substantial capital resources while further reducing our group's risk profile and strengthening the group's focus on its core bancassurance markets and expertise," he added. Bancassurance refers to the selling of insurance through a bank. For Daiwa, the deal fits with plans announced in November to significantly grow its global markets operations, including derivatives, once referred to as "financial weapons of mass destruction" by no other than billionaire investor Warren Buffett.

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