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HSBC's Georgetowne Branch Officially Re-Opens After Million-Dollar Upgrade

Bank marks re-opening with $5000 donation to the Brooklyn Public Library

26 July 2012

New York, NY - HSBC Bank USA, N.A, (HSBC) part of one of the world's largest financial services organizations, marks the official re-opening of its Georgetowne, Brooklyn Branch tonight with a special event for customers and community leaders. Located at 2145 Ralph Avenue, the branch has been extensively renovated throughout and now features some of the very latest in customer-friendly design and banking technology.

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Operating with a staff of 14 locally employed banking professionals the Georgetowne Branch provides a full range of financial services to both businesses and individuals. The 5200 square foot facility now features a streamlined teller queuing system with dedicated Premier and Business zones, conference rooms, private interview rooms, a customer reception area, two indoor ATMs and night depositary, as well as convenient parking nearby.

Branch manager Paul Martorana is a career banker with over 25 years professional experience in and around the New York City area. Paul and the branch team team are able to provide banking assistance in six languages (Spanish, French, Creole, Bengali, Hindi and Urdu) as well as English. Between them they offer more than 185 years-worth of combined financial services experience.

A key area of focus for the branch is Premier1, HSBC's global personal banking service. This offers international recognition, worldwide support, wealth management, 2 insurance, mortgages, 3 a credit card, 4 access to a relationship manager and 'Global View', a unique online service which allows customers to access and manage all of their international Premier accounts in one place.

Jeff Needham, District Director, New York City Outer Boroughs, HSBC Bank USA, N.A., said, "Brooklyn, with its long history and very strong international connections was the obvious place in which to enhance our New York City branch network. We fully understand the importance of serving the Brooklyn community locally while helping them make the most of growth opportunities globally."

During this evening's event HSBC will mark the occasion of its Georgetowne Branch re-launch with a presentation of a $5000 check to the Brooklyn Public Library5. All funds will be used to support local community programs.

"We are very grateful for HSBC's generous donation. This gift will help us strengthen our First Five Years program so that we can help even more children build the skills they will need to succeed in school and throughout their lives," said Linda E. Johnson, President & CEO of Brooklyn Public Library.

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About HSBC Bank USA, N.A.

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.

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1 HSBC Premier is a premium financial management service offering a range of banking, investment and financing solutions. To qualify for HSBC Premier, you need to open a Premier Checking account and maintain $100,000 in combined personal deposit and investment balances. Business owners may use their commercial balances to qualify for personal Premier membership. A monthly maintenance fee of $50 will be incurred if minimum balance requirements are not maintained. HSBC Premier offers international recognition and support, international services, credit card rewards and protection around the world, and financial planning and wealth management through access to a Premier Relationship Manager. With Premier Centres in 42 countries and territories, HSBC Premier breaks down banking barriers allowing customers to seamlessly bank anywhere in the world.

Within the United States, HSBC Premier Centers can be found in Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., Westport, CT., and White Plains, NY. In addition to Premier Relationship Managers in branches, there are over 250 Premier Centers worldwide. For more information visit: HSBCPREMIERUSA.com.

2 Securities and Annuity Products are provided by Registered Representatives and Insurance Agents of HSBC Securities (USA) Inc., member NYSE/FINRA/SIPC, a registered Futures Commission Merchant, a wholly-owned subsidiary of HSBC Markets (USA) Inc. and an indirectly wholly-owned subsidiary of HSBC Holdings plc. Insurance products are offered through Insurance Agents of HSBC Insurance Agency (USA) Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of HSBC Bank USA, N.A., and an indirectly wholly-owned subsidiary of HSBC Holdings plc. Products and services may vary by state and are not available in all states.

3 Mortgage products are offered through HSBC Mortgage Corporation (USA) a wholly owned subsidiary of HSBC Bank USA, N.A. Equal Housing Lender.

4 Credit cards in the U.S. are issued by HSBC Bank USA, N.A.

5 As an independent system, separate from the New York City and Queens libraries, Brooklyn Public Library serves the borough's 2.5 million residents, offering thousands of public programs, millions of books and use of more than 1,100 free Internet-accessible computers.

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