J.P. Morgan amalgamates its European businesses
US bank JPMorgan Chase & Co. has amalgamated its businesses in continental Europe into J.P. Morgan SE, a European company headquartered in Frankfurt.
J.P. Morgan SE was established on January 22nd through a simultaneous cross-border merger of J.P. Morgan Bank (Ireland) plc and J.P. Morgan Bank Luxembourg into J.P. Morgan AG under the German entity .
With the merger complete, J.P. Morgan AG, as acquiring entity, was converted into a Societas Europaea (SE), becoming the fifth-biggest bank in Germany and one of the top 20 in Europe, with a capitalization of €34 billion.
Stefan Behr, a current member of the executive committee for EMEA, will head the new entity along with Viswas Raghavan, CEO of J.P. Morgan - EMEA.
J.P. Morgan SE was advised on the merger by global law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, which provided advice on the structuring, preparation and implementation of the simultaneous cross-border merger.
Freshfields’ Frankfurt team was led by partners Andreas Fabritius and Sabrina Kulenkamp who provided regulatory advice. Freshfields offices, or best friends of the firm, across 14 countries were involved in this restructuring.
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