Following the agreement signed in February 2018 concerning the acquisition, by BGL BNP Paribas, of all the outstanding shares in ABN AMRO Bank (Luxembourg) S.A. and of its fully owned subsidiary ABN AMRO Life S.A., BGL BNP Paribas announces that the transaction was completed on 3 September 2018. As part of this transaction, the insurance company has been taken over by Cardif Lux Vie. The transaction was approved by the competent regulatory authorities.
“We are delighted that this major acquisition was successfully finalised within the agreed timeframe. The decision to further secure our Group’s footing in the private banking and insurance sectors in Luxembourg reflects our determination to play an active role in the development of the country’s financial sector. We are excited to welcome the new colleagues joining our Group, as well as our new clients, who will have access to the international Wealth Management and Insurance expertise offered by BNP Paribas,” stated Geoffroy Bazin, Country Head of the BNP Paribas Group in Luxembourg, Chairman of the BGL BNP Paribas Executive Committee and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Cardif Lux Vie.
“Amid the consolidation of the private banking market, this acquisition (representing EUR 5.6 billion in assets under management) allows us to strengthen our position in Luxembourg in the big European entrepreneurs segment, and enables us to create synergies”, explained Vincent Lecomte, Co-CEO of BNP Paribas Wealth Management. “We will thus be expanding the range of services so that this new client base can access our unique solutions – in particular private equity, asset management mandates and financing – and draw upon the Group’s expertise in investment banking and real estate.”
BGL BNP Paribas (www.bgl.lu) is one of the largest banks in Luxembourg and part of the BNP Paribas Group. It offers an especially wide range of financial products and bancassurance solutions to individuals, professionals, businesses and private banking clients. At end 2017, the BNP Paribas Group employed around 3,700 people in Luxembourg, of which 2,379 at BGL BNP Paribas.
In 2018, the international magazine Euromoney named BGL BNP Paribas “Best Bank in Luxembourg” for the third year in a row.
BNP Paribas Wealth Management is a leading global private bank and the largest private bank in the Eurozone. Present in three hubs in Europe, Asia and the US, over 6,800 professionals provide a private investor clientele with solutions for optimising and managing their assets. The bank has €364 billion worth of assets under management (as at 31 December 2017) and was awarded “Best Private Bank in Europe, in Asia and in the Western United States” in 2017.
Cardif Lux Vie is a Luxembourg insurance company that ranks among the major players in the market. Owned by a strong shareholder base (BNP Paribas Cardif, BGL BNP Paribas and Ageas), it benefits from a strong foothold both locally and internationally.
Cardif Lux Vie meets the specific needs of customers on several complementary markets: life insurance that caters for retail clients, collective insurance for businesses and international life insurance as a wealth structuring tool.
For private individuals and professionals in Luxembourg and the Greater Region, Cardif Lux Vie provides the bancassurance channels with global, integrated solutions with high added value. For high net worth international clients, the insurer operates under the freedom to provide services regime and has a large network of premium partners (Private Banks, financial institutions, brokers, etc.). It proposes customised and sustainable solutions using a comprehensive range of wealth structuring tools.
CEO of BNP Paribas Wealth Management
Vincent Lecomte is CEO of BNP Paribas Wealth Management.
He was most recently Co-CEO of BNP Paribas Wealth Management and prior to that post he served as its Chief Operating Officer (COO).
He joined Paribas’ Securities Services business in France in 1992. In 2005, Lecomte became Deputy Head of the Personal Investors business line and Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Cortal Consors, a subsidiary of BNP Paribas. He also spent three years in Germany as Head of the Securities Services business. He held several positions in the consulting field at the beginning of his career.
Lecomte is a graduate of ESCP Europe.