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RBS applies for a banking license in Germany; the bank already has on in the Netherlands

Wednesday, December 26th 2018 - 08:59 UTC
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RBS, which already has a Dutch license, said it would allow it to continue operating freely across the EU RBS, which already has a Dutch license, said it would allow it to continue operating freely across the EU

The Royal Bank of Scotland has applied for a German banking license to help it retain clients in the European Union in the event of a no-deal Brexit. The move applies to all its subsidiaries, but would only affect NatWest, which trades across the bloc.

RBS, which already has a Dutch license, said it would allow it to continue operating freely across the EU. The state-owned bank is the latest financial services company to set up an EU hub in response to Brexit.

Lloyds Banking Group is to set up three subsidiaries in Berlin, Frankfurt and Luxembourg, while Barclays is expanding its Dublin office.

Under the plan, RBS will upgrade its current branch in Frankfurt with a new licensed unit. It will be responsible for processing and settling euro-denominated payments and offering loans to large German companies.

It would also allow RBS to maintain its ties to Germany's central bank and continue benefiting from passporting rights that give financial services firms cross-border access to EU clients.

No jobs are expected to be moved through the plan, but 12 positions will be created in Frankfurt.

Some 37 UK based financial institutions have applied to the European Central Bank for new licenses, or to extend existing ones, ahead of Brexit. Of these, 30 have chosen Frankfurt as their European base, with about €800bn of assets expected to be moved to the city before Britain quits the bloc on 29 March 2019.

Earlier in December, RBS announced it is to shift £13bn worth of business to the Netherlands in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

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