UBS move boosts Frankfurt’s position as Euro financial hub post-Brexit

The Swiss bank UBS has merged most of its wealth management operations into a new business in Frankfurt, in what could be seen as a significant boost to the German city as it seeks to establish itself as a rival financial hub to London after Brexit.

Announcing the move in a statement on its website, UBS said that the new subsidiary, called UBS Europe SE, combines the bank’s German, Italian, Luxembourg, Austrian, Danish, Swedish, Dutch and Spanish wealth management businesses into one legal entity in Frankfurt.

By merging its subsidiaries UBS said that it has “taken an important step to simplify its governance structure and increase operational efficiency” across its European operations. This move allows UBS to more “effectively invest in its European wealth management business”.

Board members

UBS Europe SE will be led by a management board whose members are: Birgit Dietl-Benzin, Chief Risk Officer, Fabio Innocenzi, Market Representative (Wealth Management), René Mottas, Market Representative (Wealth Management), Andreas Przewloka, Chief Operating Officer, Thomas Rodermann, Market Representative (Wealth Management), Stefan Winter, Market Representative (Investment Bank).

Thomas Rodermann, who has headed UBS’s German business for the past two years, will assume the role of spokesman of the UBS Europe SE Management Board. The UBS Europe SE Supervisory Board will be chaired by Roland Koch, who has been chairman of UBS Deutschland AG since 2011. The Market Representatives will lead the branches in their respective country.

As reported, the UK has been fighting to keep its passporting rights in order to preserve London’s status as one of the largest financial centres in the world.

Passporting rights

The City has long been established as Europe’s number one financial centre and is used by countries and companies all over the world as a financial clearing centre and gateway into Europe. After Brexit this status will only be preserved if a deal can be made with the 27 EU states that allows the passporting rights to continue. 

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