C Suisse agrees to sell German domestic private banking business

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Credit Suisse has announced the sale of its domestic private banking business booked in Germany to ABN AMRO.

This follows earlier statements about Credit Suisse’s plans to evaluate its private banking client service model in Western Europe.

Credit Suisse has been proactive in evaluating its client service model in Western Europe to ensure that it is ideally aligned to capture opportunities and perform well in the current market. This involves reallocating resources to growth areas and adjusting capacity to meet client needs, efficiently manage costs across our businesses and improve our overall market position.

Against this backdrop, Credit Suisse has decided to focus on UHNWI and premium HNWI and service these clients from global booking platforms outside of Germany. As a consequence, Credit Suisse has agreed to sell its entire domestic private banking business booked in Germany. The sale also includes the External Asset Managers booked in Germany. The Asset Management, Real Estate Asset Management and Investment Banking businesses, based in Frankfurt, are not part of the transaction.

The combination of Credit Suisse’s domestic private banking business booked in Germany and ABN AMRO’s strong and established platform, which operates as Bethmann Bank in Germany, will create the third largest provider of private banking services in Germany. Bethmann Bank is already one of Germany's leading private banks. It is part of the international private banking network of the ABN AMRO Group and combines the exclusivity of a 300 year-old German private bank with the stability and the extensive resources of a strong, international financial group.

Credit Suisse remains highly committed to the German wealth management market. The bank will focus on UHNW and premium HNW clients and will continue to deliver its structured advisory process, client-specific value propositions, comprehensive investment services as well as the capabilities of the investment bank. Going forward, German clients will continue to receive high-quality service and will be booked on the bank’s global booking platforms, notably those in Switzerland and Luxembourg.

Romeo Lacher, Head of Private Banking Western Europe, said: 'ABN AMRO is a buyer who is a strategic match and natural home for Credit Suisse’s domestic private banking clients booked in Germany. We share the same strong foundation in traditional private banking values and our domestic clients in Germany will benefit from ABN AMRO’s competence, commitment and expertise combined with an innovative and entrepreneurial spirit'.

He continued, 'Credit Suisse has been active in the German market for many years and our commitment to serving clients in Germany remains strong. We intend to continue our focus on growing the UHNW and premium HNW client segments, booked on our global platforms, notably in Switzerland and Luxemburg. Our clients will benefit from Credit Suisse’s comprehensive investment advice and product range as well as from the capital market and structuring expertise of our investment bank'.

The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close in the course of 2014. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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