Simon Mortlock, efinancialcareers
Private bankers in Singapore have yet more potential employment options to consider after Indonesia’s Bank Mandiri and Liechtenstein’s VP Bank announced expansion plans in the Republic. But both firms will need to work hard to convince relationship managers to join them as larger competitors – from Julius Baer to Deustche Bank – also step up their recruitment. Bank Mandiri is opening a full branch in Singapore.
It will mainly target previously hidden Indonesian wealth in the city state – currently held by other banks and valued at $55.7bn – that has recently been declared under Indonesia’s tax amnesty programme. Recruiting new Singapore-based RMs will be problematic, however. While Mandiri is Indonesia’s largest bank, some Indonesian clients won’t want the same firm to manage their onshore and offshore assets, says a former Asian private banker who asked not to be named.
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