HAMILTON, Bermuda, Monday October 30, 2017 – Butterfield Bank has entered into an agreement to acquire Deutsche Bank’s Global Trust Solutions (GTS) business, excluding its US operations.
Upon completion of the transaction, which is subject to regulatory approvals, Butterfield will take over the ongoing management and administration of the GTS portfolio, comprising approximately 1,000 trust structures for some 900 private clients. Butterfield is also offering positions to all employees who are fully dedicated to GTS in the Cayman Islands, Guernsey, Switzerland, Singapore and Mauritius. This will ensure continuity of service for clients.
The terms of the agreement were not disclosed, but the transaction is expected to close in the first half of 2018, subject to customary closing conditions.
Butterfield will partner with Deutsche Bank to provide trust solutions to Deutsche Bank’s clients on an ongoing basis.
“Trust is a core business for us, and the acquisition of the Deutsche Bank Global Trust Solutions business enables us to add scale and professional bench strength to our trust operations in Switzerland, Guernsey and Cayman,” said Butterfield’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Michael Collins.
“It also provides us with a physical presence in Asia, which we view as a growth market for Butterfield. We look forward to welcoming GTS clients and staff to Butterfield and to the development of new business from an ongoing partnership with Deutsche Bank’s Wealth Management team.”
Deutsche Bank’s Global Head of Wealth Management, Fabrizio Campelli, said his company looks forward to working with Butterfield to provide clients with a broader product offering.
“The divestiture represents an important step in our strategy of simplifying our business and positioning Wealth Management for growth in our core markets,” he said.
Butterfield has been providing trust and fiduciary services to international clients for more than 80 years. Its trust business comprises over 200 professionals, based in The Bahamas, Bermuda, the Cayman Islands, Guernsey and Switzerland, who provide estate and succession planning services, efficient coordination of family affairs, and administration of complex holding structures for a wide variety of financial and non-financial assets.
As of September 30, 2017, Butterfield Trust had assets under administration of approximately US$95.2 billion.