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Alliance Bank Forges Ahead with Transformation

Sale of stockbroking business and the transfer of capital markets business to Islamic subsidiary part of broader strategy to accelerate core businesses.

Kuala Lumpur, 2 December 2021 - Alliance Bank Malaysia Berhad (“Alliance Bank” or the “Bank”) today announced that its subsidiary Alliance Investment Bank Berhad has entered into a conditional business sale & purchase agreement with Phillip Futures Sdn Bhd (“Phillip Futures”) for the sale of its stockbroking business.

The Bank will also enter into a strategic stockbroking partnership arrangement with PhillipCapital Group1. This will enable the Bank’s customers to gain access to regional trading platforms and a broad range of global investment products.

The excess capital from the sale of the stockbroking business will be re-deployed to accelerate growth in its consumer, SME and Islamic banking businesses.

Meanwhile, Alliance Investment Bank’s capital markets business will be transferred to the Bank’s other subsidiary, Alliance Islamic Bank Berhad. As a result, Alliance Islamic Bank will be one of the few local Islamic banks with in-house capabilities to serve business clients with comprehensive corporate and capital markets solutions.

The Bank expects to conclude the corporate exercise in the first half of 2022.

As part of the Bank’s broader Vision to be the Preferred Bank of Business Owners, it will invest in significantly scaling up its SME business. “Our SME banking business has consistently outpaced the industry’s growth over the past 5 years. We aim to be among the top 4 banks in SME market share in Malaysia,” said Mr Joel Kornreich, Group Chief Executive Officer of Alliance Bank.

“Our actions will be guided by the Alliance Way, which is our unique approach to address the needs of our customers. Our relationship managers take the time to truly understand our customers’ financial situation so that they can provide the most relevant solutions in a fast and simple manner. Our goal is to serve the business and personal needs of business owners and the needs of their stakeholders,” Mr Kornreich added.

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1 PhilipCapital Group is the parent group of Phillip Futures.
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