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HSBC Appoints Thomas Crystal Head of U.S. High Yield Sales

20 June 2012

New York, NY - HSBC Securities (USA) Inc. today announced it has appointed Thomas Crystal as U.S. Head of High Yield Sales. In this new role, Crystal is responsible for leading the marketing and distribution efforts of high yield bonds and loans. He is based in New York City and reports to Cary Goodwin, Head of U.S. Credit Sales.

"Tom brings deep knowledge of the high yield market and will complement our current institutional sales efforts," said Patrick Nolan, CEO, Global Banking and Markets for the Americas. "His appointment will allow us to continue building upon our current success while we look to expand our presence in the leverage finance area."

Crystal brings to HSBC more than 17 years of high yield sales experience. He joins from RBS Securities Inc. where he served as a managing director within the institution's high yield sales desk. Prior to that, he was a high yield sales-executive director at Morgan Stanley & Co. He holds a BA from Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina.

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HSBC Global Banking and Markets is an emerging markets-led and financing-focused business that provides tailored financial solutions to major government, corporate and institutional clients worldwide. HSBC Global Banking and Markets in the United States offers a full range of tailored financial products through HSBC Bank USA, N.A. and HSBC Securities (USA) Inc.

HSBC Bank USA, National Association, with total assets of $206.8 billion as of 31 March 2012 (US GAAP), serves 3.8 million customers through its personal financial services, commercial banking, private banking, asset management, and global banking and markets segments. It operates more than 465 bank branches throughout the United States. There are over 370 in New York state as well as branches in Connecticut, Washington, D.C., Florida, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, California, Delaware, Illinois, Oregon and Washington State. HSBC Bank USA, N.A. is the principal subsidiary of HSBC USA Inc., an indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of HSBC North America Holdings Inc., one of the nation's largest bank holding companies by assets. HSBC Bank USA, N.A. is a member of the FDIC.

HSBC Securities (USA) Inc is a registered broker dealer that provides underwriting, dealing, and brokerage services to institutional and retail clients. The Company is also a primary dealer in U.S. government and government agency securities and is a member of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), and the Securities Investor Protection Corporation (SIPC).

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