DUBAI, April 30 Royal Bank of Scotland's
mergers and acquisitions (M&A) business will be spun off into a
boutique advisory firm run by some of its current staff, the
bank's chief executive for the Middle East and Africa confirmed
"The M&A bankers plan to form a boutique business," Simon
Penney told reporters in Dubai.
"It's not clear as to which regions would join in but that's
the plan," he added.
The bank, 82-percent owned by the British government, is
exiting mergers and acquisitions as part of a restructuring
announced in January aimed at reducing costs and exposure to
areas of investment banking deemed risky by the authorities.
Sources told Reuters last week that the M&A business would
be spun off, with around 45 bankers from RBS joining the new
firm led by John McIntyre, currently head of corporate finance
for EMEA at the bank.
No timescale for the launch was given by the sources. This
would depend on the attracting of investors to back the firm,
with consideration also given to providing adequate protection
to ongoing deals for existing clients.
The Middle Eastern part of the M&A business, which Penney
confirmed in January had been put up for sale by RBS, could form
part of the new boutique, he said on Monday.