Structural Reform of the UK banking sector
What is the UK Banking reform?
After the global economic crisis, the UK Government put new rules in place to protect the economy and taxpayers, in case something similar happens again.
HSBC has complied with these rules, as confirmed by the High Court. Some of the steps HSBC took included:
- To comply with ring-fencing, HSBC separated its retail banking operations from its wholesale and investment divisions and changed the way HSBC is structured in the UK, including creating a new, ring-fenced bank, HSBC UK
- On 21 May 2018, the transfer of our personal customers and most of our business customers in the UK from HSBC Bank plc to HSBC UK was approved by the High Court at the Sanction Hearing
- On 01 July 2018 the transfer took place, ahead of the Government’s deadline of 01 January 2019
What does this mean for Global Banking and Markets clients?
There was very little change for the vast majority of our Global Banking and Markets (GBM) clients. GBM customers may continue to bank with HSBC Bank plc and benefit from our international network and HSBC UK where appropriate. Equally, customers of HSBC UK will continue to benefit from our international network and our investment banking solutions.
- The ring-fencing rules mean that any entity that continues to bank with HSBC Bank plc that is not a Relevant Financial Institution (RFI) must go through a qualification process to confirm that it meets certain criteria.
- For corporates and partnerships (not in their first year of trading) the following criteria is used to determine which clients will remain part of HSBC Bank plc. This is a once only exercise for existing customers and is based on the latest financial accounts. At least one entity in their corporate group must have:
- Turnover: equal to or greater than GBP6.5m
- Balance sheet total: equal to or greater than GBP3.26m
- Number of employees: equal to or greater than 50.
- If you have any questions about the qualification process, please contact your Relationship Manager.
Customers of HSBC Bank plc
Customers of HSBC UK
Marks and Spencer Financial Services plc (MSFS) and HSBC Private Bank (UK) Limited (PBGB) will be subsidiaries of HSBC UK.
All our affected customers will be notified of these changes but, if you have any questions, please contact your Relationship Manager.