With fewer than 40 working days until the UK’s transition period expires, international
banks are accelerating plans to beef up in Europe to handle the increase in client activity from Jan 1. Even if UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson secures a trade deal, finance houses with London hubs will lose their passporting rights.
With JPMorgan Chase & Co. moving $230 billion to Frankfurt, Goldman’s plans mean the two U.S. banks account for almost three quarters of the roughly 400 billion euros that foreign banks will move to Germany
by the end of the year, according to the Bundesbank. The moves will almost triple the combined existing balance sheets of non-German lenders in the country, the central bank has estimated.
Other banks to beef up in Germany’s financial hub include Citigroup Inc., UBS Group AG and Standard Chartered Plc.
In September, Goldman accelerated plans to move more than 100 London employees to European cities while JPMorgan asked about 200 workers to move. A report by consultancy EY last month showed that financial services firms operating in the UK had already shifted about 7,500 employees to the EU since the UK voted to leave the bloc.