Deutsche Bank AG announced today the establishment of Deutsche Securities and Services (DSS) in Dubai, UAE.
DSS has recently secured the final approval of the Securities and Commodities Authority, the UAE’s capital markets regulator, to conduct custody business.
Henry Azzam, Deutsche Bank Chief Executive Officer for the Middle East and North Africa, said “The establishment of DSS is another important landmark for Deutsche Bank in the region, and is a clear indication of our focus on growth in the Middle East. In addition, it comes in recognition of the tremendous opportunities present in the financial markets of the UAE, and the region as a whole.”
Earlier this month, Deutsche Bank signed two agreements with the ADX and the DFM to provide custody services for listed securities on the two bourses. The agreements came to complement Deutsche Bank’s existing custody business on the DIFX, and thus enable it to offer custody both on-shore and off-shore within the UAE.
Ricardo Honegger, Deutsche Bank’s Chief Country Officer in the UAE, said “Deutsche Bank’s commitment to the UAE is strong and ongoing. Our growth in the UAE has been remarkable. We currently have around 160 staff on the ground, and offer the full range of investment banking, asset and wealth management services. Our track record in the UAE has been strong and our focus will continue to be on growing and strengthening our enterprise here and in the region as a whole.”
In addition to DSS, Deutsche Bank has a branch in the DIFC, which is its regional headquarters, and two representative offices in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
Mike Hughes, Head of Global Transaction Banking for the Middle East and North Africa, said “We are very pleased to launch our on-shore custody operations out of DSS. This is an important milestone for our Global Transaction Banking business in the region, and we look forward to further extend our services and access to both international and regional clients.”
Deutsche Bank’s current market share for DIFX listed securities under custody is over 80%.
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Deutsche Bank’s commitment in the MENA region is more than a century old, beginning with the Bank’s financing of the construction of the Baghdad railway.
Deutsche Bank opened its first office in Cairo in 1959, followed in the early seventies by an office in Bahrain. In 1999, Deutsche Bank embarked on a regional expansion drive across the GCC which began with the opening of an office in the UAE’s Capital Abu Dhabi in 1999, followed by two offices in Dubai: a representative office inaugurated in 2001 and a branch at the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) in 2005. In April of 2006, Deutsche Bank opened a branch in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, in the capital Riyadh. In November of 2007, Deutsche Bank opened its branch in the Qatar Financial Centre in Doha.
Deutsche Bank AG in the MENA region offers the full range of investment banking, asset management; private wealth management; and global transaction banking services. Deutsche Bank’s AG is well recognized for its leading role on some of the most prestigious regional transactions. The Bank is the recipient of several awards for its activities in Islamic Finance; and was proclaimed in 2007 as the Best M&A Bank in Middle East & North Africa by Global Finance World. Most recently, in June 2008, Deutsche Bank was voted Best Debt House in the Middle East by Euromoney.
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