Standard Chartered Completes Move to Expanded Space At 1095 Avenue of the Americas

New York, 10 April, 2011

Standard Chartered Bank has completed the relocation of its Americas headquarters to 1095 Avenue of the Americas in midtown Manhattan. The bank's 500 New York-based staff now occupy three floors of the Met Life building totalling 107,000 square feet.

The new work space includes a state-of-the-art trading floor with floor-to-ceiling windows along with expanded client facilities and staff meeting space. Standard Chartered is aiming for LEED® gold certification for the space, which features energy- and water-efficient systems, a "living wall" of greenery linking the three floors and extensive use of recycled materials.

"I am extremely proud of our new office space, which fuses cultural influences from Asia, Africa, the Middle East and South America with stunning New York architectural design and cityscapes," said David Stileman, CEO of Standard Chartered, Americas. "As we continue to grow in the Americas, this space will not only accommodate us, it will enable us to work more collaboratively and to live our values regarding the environment and sustainable business practices."

The Met Life Building is owned by the Blackstone Group, with Equity Office acting as the leasing agent.

For more information, please contact:
Julie M. Gibson
Corporate Affairs, Americas
Tel: +1 646.845.1114
E-mail: Julie.Gibson@sc.com

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Standard Chartered - leading the way in Asia, Africa and the Middle East

Standard Chartered PLC is a leading international bank, listed on the London and Hong Kong stock exchanges. It has operated for over 150 years in some of the world's most dynamic markets and earns around 90 per cent of its income and profits in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. This geographic focus and commitment to developing deep relationships with clients and customers has driven the Bank's growth in recent years.

With 1700 offices in 70 markets, Standard Chartered offers exciting and challenging international career opportunities for its 75,000 staff. It is committed to building a sustainable business over the long term and is trusted worldwide for upholding high standards of corporate governance, social responsibility, environmental protection and employee diversity. The Bank's heritage and values are expressed in its brand promise, 'Here for good'.

About Standard Chartered Bank in the Americas

Standard Chartered Bank operates in 12 markets in the Americas, including the U.S., Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela. The bank's primary function in the region is to facilitate trade and investment flows between the Americas and Standard Chartered Bank's core geographies of Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

Standard Chartered's New York-based wholesale bank provides financial products and services to corporations, financial institutions and development organizations in the Americas. Wholesale banking comprises of Origination and Client Coverage, Transaction Banking, Financial Markets and Corporate Finance groups. Key products include trade finance services, cash management, treasury, foreign exchange and interest rate products, commodity finance, and structured import and export finance services.

From its head office in Miami, the Standard Chartered Private Bank in the Americas offers its Latin America-based clients unparalleled access to the growth markets along with traditional capabilities in investment advisory, securities execution, trust and fiduciary services and portfolio management. The Private Bank in the Americas operates on an advisory center model, emphasizing the role of the trusted financial advisor and capitalizing on the global product strength and intellectual capital of Standard Chartered.

For more information on Standard Chartered, please visit: www.sc.com.

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