#AceFinanceNews – Jan.19: After Theresa Mays speech on Tuesday the bankers who failed to get their own way with the ‘ Single Currency ‘ ESM leave and plan decamp to pastures new, with a passing comment of taking 1000 jobs, the fact they have cutback on jobs in 2016 was not even mentioned .. Mind they were in Davos at the time… Editor …
Two of Europe’s biggest banks warned on Wednesday they could each move around 1,000 jobs out of London, in the clearest sign yet of how financial firms are preparing for disruption caused by Britain’s exit from the European Union.
UBS Chairman Axel Weber said around 1,000 of the Swiss bank’s 5,000 employees based in London could be affected by Brexit, while HSBC Chief Executive Stuart Gulliver said the bank will relocate staff responsible for generating around a fifth of its UK-based trading revenue to Paris.
Major financial firms warned for months before Britain’s referendum on European Union membership in June that they would move jobs out of the country if there was a vote to leave, but have set out few details since on how many will go or where to.
“We will move in about two years time when Brexit becomes effective,” the bank’s Chief Executive Stuart Gulliver told Reuters at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum.
And in another potentially damaging blow to London’s status as Europe’s main financial center, UBS’s Weber told the BBC in Davos that 1,000 staff working in businesses that would be hit by Britain losing its ‘passport’ to sell financial services in Europe would be affected.
Other banks are expected to announce more concrete plans for how they will adapt to Brexit in the coming months after Prime Minister Theresa May confirmed in a speech on Tuesday that Britain would leave the European single market.
HSBC, Europe’s biggest bank, is at an advantage to its major U.S. rivals as it already has a large subsidiary in Paris that holds most of the licenses needed by an investment bank, meaning Gulliver has been able to set out more detailed plans.
It is expected to move around 1,000 staff who are involved in trading products such as European stocks that are regulated by the EU. HSBC’s global banking and markets division that houses those roles made profits of $384 million in the UK in 2015, according to a company filing.
In 2016, UBS set up a bank in Frankfurt to consolidate most of its European wealth management operations in an effort to conserve capital and simplify its structure.
The shift of jobs will be a blow to the City of London, which has been lobbying since the Brexit vote for financial firms in Britain to retain their EU ‘passporting rights’ which lets them sell their services across the bloc.
But passporting is unlikely to continue with Britain outside the European single market, and firms say they are now likely to press ahead with plans to move staff, even though May said she would try to negotiate some form of market access to the bloc.
The City’s best hope will be for the government to agree a transitional arrangement whereby finance firms can continue to operate out of Britain across the EU for a number of years after Brexit, in the hope that a favorable access deal is achieved in the interim.
“We would like to see a transitional agreement announced as soon as possible,” Mark Boleat, policy chairman at the City of London Corporation, said in a statement on Tuesday after May’s speech.
HSBC shares were up 1.7 percent by 1650 GMT, against a 0.3 percent fall in the broader European banks index. UBS shares were down 2.13 percent.
By Pamela Barbaglia | DAVOS, Switzerland Reuters
(Additional reporting by Anjuli Davies in London; Writing by Lawrence White and Rachel Armstrong; Editing by Jason Neely/Keith Weir/Alexander Smith)
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