SGBL Group Expands Into Europe Via the Acquisition of Private Banks KBL Richelieu in France and KBL Monaco

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SGBL announced the signature of an agreement with KBL European Private Bankers (KBL epb) concerning the acquisition by SGBL of KBL Richelieu bank in France and KBL bank Monaco, a press release said on Saturday.

This transaction, which has already received positive feedback from the single staff delegation of KBL Richelieu, and remains subject to the Lebanese, French, European and Monegasque regulatory approvals, forms part of SGBL's international development strategy. Through this project, the ambition of SGBL, headquartered in Lebanon, is to launch from France, a recognized financial center with strong cultural proximity, the construction of a leading international banking platform. This acquisition will give birth to a new group, Compagnie Financière Richelieu, which will be 100% owned by the SGBL group, and which will own Banque Richelieu France, Richelieu Gestion and Banque Richelieu Monaco.

In addition, the operation is accompanied by a post-acquisition plan resolutely turned towards development, with the main focus being investment in growth and skills.

"With this acquisition project, SGBL is opening a new era of development in France and Monaco. Indeed, we intend to develop a long-term industrial project for the Richelieu Bank and all of its employees. It is our will and our commitment, "says Georges Saghbini, Deputy General Manager of SGBL group.

SGBL, one of the largest banks in Lebanon, with subsidiaries in Cyprus, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates, provides a range of private, retail and corporate banking services. It employs over 2,000 staff and manages some 18 billion euros in assets.

In turn, KBL epb will continue to invest in its existing European network, where the private banking group continues to consolidate its leadership status.

KBL epb, headquartered in Luxembourg, offers a comprehensive range of tailor-made private banking services through its domestic brands which include - besides KBL Richelieu and KBL Monaco - Puilaetco Dewaay in Belgium, Merck Finck in Germany, InsingerGilissen in the Netherlands and Brown Shipley in the UK, as well as Bank Puilaetco Dewaay Luxembourg and KBL España, a wealth management company.

Over the past three years, KBL epb has successfully executed five acquisitions, strengthening its presence in its core markets. Recently, the group announced the acquisition of Lombard Odier's Dutch private banking business, KBL epb’s second acquisition in the Netherlands in the last 18 months.

The acquisition by SGBL of KBL Richelieu and KBL Monaco is expected to be finalized in the first half of 2018, subject to the approval of the competent regulatory authorities.

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