Wells Fargo Establishes DIFC Branch
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Wells Fargo and Company, One of the United States' largest banks, has opened
a new branch in the Dubai International Financial Center (DIFC) to support the
expansion of its business in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.
Wells Fargo anticipates the move will allow the firm to secure more business
for its Global Financial Institutions (GFI) program, which involves the provision
of trade, payment, deposit, credit and foreign exchange services to financial
"Wells Fargo has operated in the MENA region for more than 15 years and
we intend to strengthen our presence and capabilities to best serve our GFI
customers," said Charles Silverman, head of Wells Fargo's GFI business.
"With our new location in DIFC, we can provide our customers in the region
with an expanded range of products and services."
Currently, Wells Fargo has 12 team members in the new branch office, which
is managed by Shoar Hassan, and is located in Gate Village at DIFC. Known as
the region's leading financial center, DIFC serves as the regional headquarters
for many global companies and financial institutions.
"We are pleased to welcome Wells Fargo to DIFC and look forward to supporting
the company's mission to expand its offering in the Middle East and North
Africa," commented Jeffrey Singer, CEO of DIFC Authority. "Not only
does the addition of such a well-established global name to our client portfolio
reinforce Dubai's position as a leading business hub, providing accessibility
and connectivity to surrounding markets, but also shows recognition of the potential
opportunities within the region."
Operating from more than 35 global locations, Wells Fargo's International
Group now has branch offices in Canada, Cayman Islands, Dubai, Hong Kong, London,
Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Taipei and Tokyo.
Wells Fargo's new DIFC branch will benefit from the DIFC's highly attractive
tax and regulatory regime, offering firms 0% income tax guaranteed for 50 years,
100% foreign ownership, no exchange controls and a legal system based on English