First Abu Dhabi Bank gains custody license in Egypt


First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB), the largest bank in the United Arabi Emirates (UAE), has obtained a custody license in Egypt.

The license, gained from the Financial Regulatory Authority, Egypt’s capital market regulator, will facilitate membership of the country’s central securities depository for Central Clearing, Depository and Registry (MCDR).

This will provide the integral function of settlement and clearing of trades executed on the Egyptian Exchange (EGX).

FAB recently reached a definitive agreement to buy 100 per cent of Bank Audi Egypt, including its local custody franchise, which will supplement FAB’s custody services expansion in Egypt.

Post-acquisition, FAB says it will be one of the largest foreign banks in Egypt by total assets with pro-forma total assets of more than EGP 120 billion ($8.1 billion).

Kashif Darr, managing director and head of securities services, says: “FAB has operated in Egypt since 1975 and the addition of Egypt custody services further emphasises our commitment to the market.”

“We will offer domestic investors a full range of world class post-trade solutions, with our direct MCDR connectivity at its core. We will also intermediate international capital flows into this strategic market, as part of our regional direct custody platform.“

Egypt is the fourth direct custody market FAB has added to its Middle East proprietary network in the past year, which now spans UAE, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Bahrain, Lebanon and Egypt, with Kuwait and Qatar to follow.

This creates the region’s largest direct custody network, offering investors unparalleled access to the Middle, according to FAB.