Navigation

Skiplink Navigation

Main Features

“Streamlining” Credit Suisse to close Panama private banking office

A Credit Suisse spokesperson said the Panama office closure had been planned for a long time and had nothing to do with the Panama Papers scandal

(Keystone)

Switzerland’s second largest bank, Credit Suisse, has confirmed that it is closing its private banking operations in Panama. The news comes just one month after the Panama Papers controversy.

“We will close our advisory office with around 20 employees,” a Credit Suisse spokesperson told the Swiss News Agency, confirming a report on the online news platform Finews.ch.

The spokesperson said the closure had been planned for a long time and had nothing to do with the Panama Papers scandal that has rocked the financial world.

A series of reports in April based on millions of documents leaked from the Panama law firm Mossack Fonseca revealed how its lawyers worked with big banks, including Switzerland’s Credit Suisse and UBS Group AG, to create numerous offshore shell companies for world leaders, athletes and other rich clients.

According to the leaked documents, Credit Suisse Channel Islands Limited was listed as the third largest facilitator of offshore companies in the Panama Papers. Tidjane Thiam, CEO of Credit Suisse denied any links to illegal assets.

External Content

The following content is sourced from external partners. We cannot guarantee that it is suitable for the visually or hearing impaired.

The spokesperson said the closure of the bank’s Panama operation was rather a “streamlining” of activities in Latin America, which represents “an important growth region for private banking and asset management."

The Swiss bank wants to strengthen its presence in other Latin American countries such as Brazil and Mexico.

Panama clients are mainly “on-shore”, the spokesperson said. They will be managed from other centres, such as Switzerland. According to Finews.ch, assets under management in Panama last year declined by 40%, with little hope for an improvement soon.


swissinfo.ch with agencies

Neuer Inhalt

Horizontal Line


subscription form

Form for signing up for free newsletter.

Sign up for our free newsletters and get the top stories delivered to your inbox.







Click here to see more newsletters

swissinfo EN

The following content is sourced from external partners. We cannot guarantee that it is suitable for the visually or hearing impaired.

Join us on Facebook!

×