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Thursday, 13 September, 2001, 17:28 GMT 18:28 UK
UK firms fear human losses
Waters conferences advisory
Risk Waters has not been able to contact any of its staff
UK firms that had offices in the World Trade Center offices continue in their efforts to account for missing staff, and there are worries about a growing death toll from Tuesday's terrorist attacks.

Financial institutions reporting losses include London-based Cantor-Fitzgerald, its recently spun-off subsidiary eSpeed, and Risk Waters.

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The number of Britons killed by the atrocities is set to reach the "middle hundreds" Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said on Thursday, after the government confirmed the number of known British victims was approaching 100.

But ICAP the world's largest inter-dealer broker which employed 675 staff on three floors of the World Trade Center, in New York, said it believes almost all of its employees escaped the disaster.

Still looking

Howard W Lutnick, Cantor Fitzgerald's chairman and chief executive, told members of employees' families that about 270 staff had been accounted for, the New York Times reported.

Cantor-Fitzgerald and eSpeed had operations on floors 101 and 103-05, and employed 1,000 people in the buildings.

At the time of the attack, Waters Conferences, a UK-based international market research and conferences company, was hosting its Financial Technology Congress on the Trade Center's 106th floor.

The firm's holding company, Risk Waters Group, was still struggling on Thursday to trace delegates.

Risk Waters has been unable to confirm the wellbeing of 111 delegates and 16 staff, a message on the firm's website on Thursday said.

"Given the level of uncertainty on the ground about the situation we have not given up hope of finding our friends and colleagues safe and well," a statement from chief executive Peter Field said.

Hotel damaged

ICAP the world's largest inter-dealer broker, has said its entire New York offices located on three floors of the World Trade Center were destroyed, but that only a small number of staff were still unaccounted for.

London-based hotels firm Millennium Copthorne, which owns the Millennium Hilton near the World Trade Center, said on Thursday the building had sustained "unquantified damage" as a result of the terrorist strikes.

"We are thankful that, as far as we are aware, no staff or guests were injured," the firm said.

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