Bryan, Garnier & Co advises the strategic merger of Assya Capital and Global Equities Capital Markets

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Paris, July 7th 2010 – Bryan, Garnier & Co, the independent pan-European investment bank focused on growth companies, today advises the strategic merger of Assya Capital (Isin: FR0004060234) and Global Equities Capital Markets (Isin: FR 0004029452). This transaction will be submitted to the agreement of legal authorities (Autorité de Contrôle Prudentiel) and to the approval of the general shareholders meetings of Assya Capital and Global Equities Capital Markets.

Bryan Garnier & Co acted as sole Financial Advisor to Assya Capital for this transaction.

The combination of these companies will create an entrepreneurial and diversified financial services group generating estimated revenues of €24m and profit before tax of €3m in 2010. The new entity will operate 3 divisions and 5 business lines

Capital Investment division: gathering Real Estate Investment business and Private Equity.

Insurance division: relying on First Caution (insurance company agreed by FINMA offering renting guarantees without deposits for private and commercial leasing in Switzerland)

Investment Banking division: gathering Brokerage, Corporate Finance and Asset Management activities

The size of the new group combined with its broad financial services offering will constitute a strong asset for its development: an increasing visibility towards clients, operational synergies resulting from the share of mutual expertises and business opportunities, and an enhanced access to financial resources.

Thierry Leyne, founder of Assya Capital, and Gilles Boyer, founder of Global Equities will become respectively President of the Supervisory Board and President of the Board of Directors of the new entity.

For more information, please contact:

Virginie Lazès / Managing Director – Head of Corporate Finance/ +33 1 56 68 75 85 /

Vincent Gasné / Vice-President/ +33 1 56 68 75 93 /

Jonathan Foiret-Hurbin / Analyst / +33 156 68 75 52 /

About Assya Capital

Assya Capital is an investment company investing in the capital of listed and non-listed mid-sized companies in France and abroad as a significant and active long-term shareholder.

The Company focuses on a limited number of strategic investments with a strong potential of value creation in their sectors. Assya Capital is currently a shareholder of FirstCaution, Saxo Bank and Motocab and actively participated to the growth and success of pioneering and performing companies such as Consors France, Financière de l’Echiquier-EBPF, Adomos and Bourse Direct.

Headed by Thierry Leyne since its inception in 1994, Assya Capital is listed in the Alternext market of Euronext Paris.

About Global Equities Capital Markets

Global Equities is an investment company founded by Gilles Boyer in 1990 and historically specialized in equities and derivatives brokerage for institutional investors. Currently, the group operates through 3 business lines:

Capital Market: cash equities, equity and index derivatives dedicated to institutional and international investors. This activity offers pan-European coverage with a direct access to financial markets and an execution capacity in the main international markets;

Corporate Finance: fund raising (Equity and structured finance), disposal and IPO for startups and mid-sized companies;

Asset Management: wealth management and portfolio management for entrepreneurs, senior managers and wealthy individuals.

On May 2010, Global Equities reinforced its Capital Market offering with the acquisition of Eurotrading Capital Markets, specialized in equities and derivatives brokerage and having an agreement to operate in the bond market.

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