ABN AMRO has agreed with Fosun International to snap up Hauck Aufhäuser Lampe, HAL, a Germany-based private bank.

As a result, Bethmann Bank, the private banking arm in Germany for ABN AMRO, will become one of the biggest providers of private banking services in the country.

However, the subsidiaries of HAL that provide AIFM/Manco and fund administration services will not be part of the ABN AMRO deal. These entities and HAL have closed a co-operation agreement to continue offering the successful One-Stop-Shop service offering in the market.

In addition, the deal for HAL will boost ABN AMRO in Germany and take its assets under management to around EUR70bn ($76.2bn).

Furthermore, ABN AMRO will enter the asset servicing business now, offering custody services, especially for illiquid assets.

Robert Swaak, CEO of ABN AMRO, said: “This is a rare opportunity to add scale to our German activities. We are delighted to have reached this agreement. HAL is a long-standing leader in wealth management and has a very strong fit with ABN AMRO, both culturally and geographically. We share the desire to deliver the best individual solution to our clients. The proposed acquisition will further strengthen our position and offer employees of the combined group the opportunity to play a driving role in the consolidating German market. I look forward to working with the HAL team in realising our shared ambition.”

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Choy van der Hooft-Cheong, Chief Commercial Officer Wealth Management at ABN AMRO, added: “I am very pleased with the acquisition of HAL and I am looking forward to meeting our new colleagues soon. This acquisition will enable us to expand and improve our current product and services offering to both individual and business clients in the important German private banking market.”

Michael Bentlage, CEO of HAL, commented: “I would like to pay tribute to our talented teams, whose efforts have greatly supported the fantastic development of the bank in the last 10 years. The proposed combination with ABN AMRO Germany will strengthen further the position in the market and gives the combined bank more opportunities for growth through even broader products and services to our clients.”

The transaction is subject to regulatory approval and is expected to complete in Q1 2025.