BNP Paribas in wealth administration JV talks with China’s AgBank -sources

The BNP Paribas logo is seen at a department in Paris, France, February 4, 2020. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

SHANGHAI, Sept 2 (Reuters) – BNP Paribas’ (BNPP.PA) asset administration arm is in talks to form a wealth administration venture with a device of Agricultural Bank of China (AgBank), resources stated, as the French firm pursues a even larger slice of China’s $19 trillion current market.

China further deregulated its money marketplaces in 2019, allowing for foreign asset professionals to sort the vast majority-owned prosperity administration ventures with local banks. International knowledge can enable Chinese loan companies grow their financial commitment abilities as they period out risky shadow banking enterprises.

Two sources with direct know-how of the talks told Reuters that the investment administration arm of BNP Paribas will keep a bulk stake in the planned undertaking with AgBank’s prosperity administration subsidiary.

BNP Paribas declined to comment. AgBank (601288.SS), , China’s 3rd greatest loan provider by belongings, did not right away return an emailed ask for for comment.

French rival Amundi (AMUN.PA) and U.S. fund big BlackRock (BLK.N) have presently shaped Chinese wealth administration ventures, though Schroders (SDR.L) and Goldman Sachs (GS.N) are pursuing fit.

Meanwhile, JPMorgan Asset Management has partnered with China Retailers Bank’s (600036.SS) prosperity administration device.

BNP Paribas Asset Administration is in talks to type the venture with AgBank’s Agricultural Lender of China Prosperity Administration Co, the sources reported, devoid of supplying economic details.

BNP Paribas AM currently owns a Chinese mutual fund enterprise, and the new alliance would give it entry to AgBank’s enormous retail customer base.

“Acquiring the prosperity management license is worth the exertion,” a supply with direct expertise of the talks reported.

Amundi in the beginning discussed venture strategies with AgBank, but sooner or later chose Lender of China as its husband or wife, a different reported.

AgBank and other big point out banks experience political tension to variety prosperity administration JVs, sources claimed, an indicator of China’s willingness to open up which could help Chinese banking companies establish globally aggressive asset management businesses.

BNP Paribas AM manages 489 billion euros ($579 billion) in belongings, and delivers a detailed array of active, passive and quantitative financial commitment solutions. It can be also a important player in sustainable investing, which Beijing is aggressively endorsing.

AgBank’s prosperity administration unit, established up in July 2019, had 1.1 trillion yuan ($170.24 billion)in prosperity management items at the close of June.

China’s asset management current market will grow to 210 trillion yuan in 2025, from 122 trillion yuan at the close of 2020, China Everbright Bank and Boston Consulting Team estimate.

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Reporting by Samuel Shen, Cheng Leng and Andrew Galbraith Enhancing by Edmund Blair and Alexander Smith

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