Liechtenstein Bank Strengthens Foothold in Asia via Hong Kong

Bendura Bank AG leverages Hong Kong’s strategic position to drive its business growth in Asia.

We would like to leverage the advantages Hong Kong has offered to expand our footprint in the Asia market.

Philipp Forster
Chief Customer Officer and Management Board Member, Bendura Bank

Bendura Bank AG was founded in Liechtenstein in 1998. It offers bespoke financial services to affluent families and individuals and is one of the principality’s largest banks, with more than US$3.5 billion of assets under management. Looking to expand its global footprint, Bendura Bank opened a representative office in Hong Kong in 2018 to cater to the needs of the Asia market.

Bridging the East and West

According to Philipp Forster, Chief Customer Officer and Management Board Member of Bendura Bank, Hong Kong offers an ideal location for financial services companies to operate and grow. “Hong Kong as an international financial centre has a robust financial regulatory regime complemented with a well-educated workforce. Therefore, we would like to leverage the unique advantages Hong Kong has offered to expand our footprint in the Asia market,” Forster said.

Apart from general marketing activities to promote the bank, the Hong Kong representative office acts as an effective bridge between Asia and Bendura Bank’s headquarters in Europe. “The bank’s Hong Kong representative office offers Asian families and their professional advisors direct access to our bank in Liechtenstein, where our clients’ assets are booked and administered in a safe and stable jurisdiction (AAA country rating by Standard & Poor’s),” Forster said. “Through marketing and the nurturing of a local network, the office has been successfully contributing to the development of new business relationships.”

A City for Business

According to Forster, Hong Kong also offers many other business advantages. He said, “The modern and sophisticated infrastructure and sound legal and administrative frameworks are important as it provides a strong support and backbone for us to set up and comfortably conduct business activities here.” Also beneficial to business development, he added, is the highly educated, multilingual and competitive talent pool.

In addition, the Hong Kong government spares no effort to create a business-friendly environment, whether it is through support from InvestHK or with policy initiatives, which Forster believes will help attract more enterprises, investment and talent. “Such initiatives not only benefit Bendura Bank but also other businesses as well as the overall development in the city,” he added.

Forster views that another edge that Hong Kong possesses is its integration into the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (GBA). “The GBA market has a growing high-net-worth-individual population with investment demands, which offers huge potential opportunities for us. With our historical expertise in private banking, we are ready to contribute to the development of the GBA market and its population,” he said.

With Hong Kong’s many strategic advantages as a business location, Bendura Bank plans to expand its local presence even further, including by growing its staff members as well as considerations to apply for licenses from the Securities and Futures Commission of Hong Kong and engaging in mergers and acquisitions activities.

“Bendura Bank AG is fully committed to growing its business exposure in Asia, and Hong Kong will play a vital role in achieving this,” Forster concluded.

Lillian Lee, Head of Hong Kong Representative Office, Bendura Bank


Fast Facts

  • The company employs over 150 staff across its headquarters in Gamprin-Bendern in Liechtenstein and its representative office in Hong Kong
  • Its services include asset management, investment advice, transaction banking, loan financing and the issuance of securities

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