CHICAGO and LONDON, November 7 /PRNewswire/ --

- Direct market access to Pan-European equities markets now available through Townsend's RealTick EMS

Townsend Analytics (http://www.townsendanalytics.com), a leading provider of multi-broker, multi-asset, multi-region, and multi-route electronic trading solutions for the global capital markets, has added international banking leader BNP Paribas to its global multi-broker network.

Clients of both firms are now able to route European equities orders to BNP Paribas for execution through Townsend's RealTick(R) (http://www.realtick.com) execution management system (EMS).

"As electronic trading continues to grow globally, our clients want high performance trading solutions that can be customized to meet their ever increasing sophisticated needs across the global equity markets," comments Matthew Carr, BNP Paribas Managing Director, Head of Institutional Equities. "The addition of Townsend's RealTick EMS to our expansive Direct Market Access deployment provides the full-featured functionality and scalability that our clients expect and demand from BNP Paribas," he adds.

"BNP Paribas is a major global financial services institution with a presence in more than 85 countries, so we are pleased to add them to our global multi-broker network," states Rustam Lam, Executive Director for Townsend Analytics. "The ability to route orders directly from RealTick to such major market participants gives RealTick users a key advantage in the capital markets, and brokers access to institutions in a true multi-broker environment," he adds.

BNP Paribas joins other recent additions to Townsend's global multi-broker network, including BNY ConvergEx, Credit Suisse, HSBC, Instinet, Merrill Lynch and UBS.

About RealTick

RealTick, created by Townsend Analytics, is the electronic trading industry's premier multi-asset, multi-broker, and multi-route direct-access trading platform. RealTick delivers real-time market data, news and analytics; sophisticated trading tools; unrivaled access to brokers, exchanges and ECNs; and risk management tools to institutions, broker-dealers and individual investors. RealTick's advanced technical design is supported by state-of-the-art data centers and a redundant network for market data and orders. For more information, visit http://www.realtick.com.

-- RealTick is a registered trademark of Townsend Analytics, Ltd.

About Townsend Analytics

Townsend Analytics has been changing the way the world trades since 1985. The Chicago-based company created many technology innovations that are now considered standards in the financial services industry. These include the first real-time financial software under Microsoft Windows(R); the first product to provide real-time streaming data over the Internet; the first integrated solution for NASDAQ trading rooms; and the first Windows-based direct-access trading solution. Townsend Analytics also developed Archipelago and the Archipelago Exchange, the nation's first all-electronic, fully open exchange. The firm has engineered direct-access solutions for money managers, asset managers, hedge funds and mutual funds worldwide. The firm's four main lines of business include Trading Services, Content Services, Exchange Services, and Risk Management Services. Townsend Analytics, Ltd. is a wholly owned, independently-operated subsidiary of Lehman Brothers. For more information, visit http://www.taltrade.com.

About BNP Paribas

BNP Paribas (http://www.bnpparibas.com) is a European leader in global banking and financial services and is one of the 5 strongest banks in the world according to Standard & Poor's. The group is present in over 85 countries, with 155,000 employees. The group holds key positions in three major segments: Corporate and Investment Banking, Asset Management & Services and Retail Banking. Present throughout Europe in all of its business lines, the bank's two domestic markets in retail banking are France and Italy. BNP Paribas also has a significant presence in the United States and strong positions in Asia and the emerging markets

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Media, Anne Aldrich, +1-312-787-1642, annea1@covad.net for Townsend Analytics; or Todd Swearingen of Townsend Analytics, +1-312-442-8656, tswearingen@taltrade.com; or Corporate Communications, Edwina Frawley of BNP Paribas, +1-212-841-3719, Edwina.frawley@bnpparibas.com