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London — JPMorgan Chase is moving about €200bn of assets from the UK to Germany as a result of Britain’s exit from the EU, a source familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.

In January, the bank had also announced it would significantly expand its Paris hub as part of plans to relocate some services from London after Brexit.

The shift sees JPMorgan follow similar moves by other big banks in Britain, as regulators in continental financial hubs, such as Frankfurt and Dublin, urge banks to book their assets locally.

Barclays, for example, has already moved its European headquarters and almost €200bn in assets to Dublin.

The source did not specify what type of assets JPMorgan is moving to Germany, but for banks making similar moves, it would typically include cash and financial securities, such as stocks and bonds, that banks hold in inventory for clients to trade.

A JPMorgan spokesperson declined to comment.

The shift in assets represents part of banks’ routine planning for life after Britain leaves the EU, when they will likely no longer be able to book their entire trading operations for the continent out of London.

Clients of those banks in Europe will now trade with the lenders’ local banking entities rather than the UK-based subsidiary.

Banks using Britain as a gateway to the EU must fully execute their plans for serving EU customers before a Brexit transition period ends in December, the EU’s banking watchdog said in July.

Last year, consultancy EY said assets worth nearly $1-trillion were being moved from Britain to new financial hubs in the EU ahead of Brexit. 

JPMorgan plans to finish the migration of assets to its Frankfurt-based subsidiary by the end of 2020, according to Bloomberg News, which first reported the asset shift earlier on Wednesday.


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