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[HONG KONG, JANUARY 10, 2007] Independent financial planner Financial Partners International (FPI) is pleased to announce the appointment of Jason Blick as CEO, further deepening the Group?s regional coverage and expanding its innovative suite of financial services.

Blick joined FPI in late 2005 and has successfully transitioned the Group into consulting and legal services, private equity and trade finance. These initiatives have helped to double FPI?s revenue in one year and mark a pivotal point in the Group?s successful evolution. In his new role, Blick will be responsible for the overall day-to-day management of FPI and will continue to serve as a Director.

"Jason taking up the reins as CEO at this time ties in with FPI?s anticipated dramatic growth. His experience will strengthen the Group?s position as a financial services company in the fast growing financial planning markets across Asia," says FPI Chairman Sean Kelleher, who previously also held the CEO position but is now focusing on corporate governance and strategy.

"Within our Middle East/Asia-Pacific footprint, we are witnessing fundamental changes: the fastest growing middle class; increasing pursuit of the petro-dollar; and the changing flow of world commodities. And that is just the tip of the iceberg," says Kelleher.

To exploit these changes, for the benefit both of clients and the FPI brand, the company recognised that core financial planning and wealth management skills needed to be complemented with legal, tax and corporate services skills.

This multi-disciplined skill set is much more likely to provide the broader range of solutions the modernising region needs. Says Kelleher: "Bringing in a leading lawyer as CEO demonstrates our intention to service this changing world with a modernised multi-disciplinary practice."

Prior to joining FPI, Blick was a partner at a leading international law firm and has held senior positions in two Fortune 500 companies. Blick is admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales, and was previously FPI?s General Counsel. He graduated from Leeds University, College of Law and attended Wolfson College, Cambridge University. He holds degrees in Engineering and Law and is also qualified with the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Institute of Directors and the Institute of Chartered Accountants (Corporate Finance).

For more information on Financial Partners International, visit www.financial-partners.biz

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Released on behalf of Financial Partners International by Precision Communications Limited.

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Company profile

Financial Partners International (FPI), one of the largest offshore financial services companies in the Middle East and Asia-Pacific region, was formed in June 2002 following the merger of six well-established independent financial advisers and wealth managers. FPI went on to further strengthen its position in offshore services with its licensing in Australia. In May 2006, FPI expanded its global capabilities through a joint venture with Padmakshi Ltd. in India, forming FPI-Padmakshi and opening two offices.

FPI is a leading-edge provider of integrated balance sheet management services, with more than 100 qualified advisers, of which 15 are wealth managers, delivering client-driven financial planning and wealth management solutions. To achieve this international standard of service, FPI has built an integrated business, providing retirement planning, wealth creation, trust advice, tax efficiency and estate planning, and investment advice including property and alternative investments.

FPI has offices in Bali, Bangkok, Dubai, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Mumbai, Shanghai and Tokyo.