April 29, 2020 / 4:55 PM / a month ago

Switzerland's Falcon mulls exit from private banking, other options

FILE PHOTO: The logo of Swiss Falcon Private Bank is seen at its headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland May 29, 2019. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann

ZURICH (Reuters) - Swiss wealth manager Falcon Private Bank is considering withdrawing from private banking as well as other options, it said on Wednesday, days after sources told Reuters the bank could lose its Swiss banking licence by the end of the week.

“The Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of Falcon Private Bank are evaluating a number of options, in consultation with Aabar, the Bank’s shareholder,” Falcon said in a statement, referring to the financial investment arm of Abu Dhabi state fund Mubadala Investment Company [MUDEV.UL].

“One of those options includes exiting the private banking business.”

Reuters cited on Monday two sources familiar with the situation saying Swiss financial markets watchdog FINMA could withdraw its licence for the wealth manager, which was at the centre of Malaysia’s 1MDB scandal, on the grounds it has failed to meet regulatory requirements.

Falcon in its statement said options were being considered in a controlled and orderly process, in order to protect the interests of various stakeholders.

Reporting by Brenna Hughes Neghaiwi; Editing by Mark Potter

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