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Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley Said to Examine Frankfurt Offices

Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley Said to Examine Frankfurt Offices

Hauptwache is former guard-house which today stands in the middle of a square bearing its name considered by many to be the focal point of Frankfurt city, Germany. (Mihai-bogdan Lazar | Dreamstime.com)

Thursday, 08 June 2017 11:49 AM

Goldman Sachs Group Inc. is scouting for office space in Frankfurt that could serve as its new trading hub inside the European Union after Brexit, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

The bank is considering options including leasing space in the Richard Rogers designed Skylight building in the city center, the people said, who declined to be identified because the plans are not public. Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB, which occupies the building, is looking to cut jobs in Frankfurt, Johan Andersson, the bank’s Germany chief, told Borsen-Zeitung earlier this year. 

Goldman Sachs hasn’t signed any new leases and plans to take more space in the building it currently occupies to begin with, one of the people said. A bank spokesman declined to comment, while SEB said it’s using all its office space and its too early to comment on a possible downsizing.

Morgan Stanley is also looking for office space in the German financial capital, according to two people with knowledge of the matter, who asked not to be identified. One option the bank is considering is renting space in the office building Taunusanlage 8, which is owned by Credit Suisse’s asset management arm. The building came to market last summer. About two thirds of the roughly 30,000 square meters (323,000 square feet) of office space are still available, enough to house about 1,500 staff, said one of the people.

The U.S. bank is considering initially moving about 300 workers to Frankfurt or Dublin as a result of the U.K.’s decision to leave the EU, people familiar said in February. It could eventually move as much as 1,000 U.K. staff out of the country, Bloomberg News reported last year.

A spokeswoman for Morgan Stanley declined to comment.

Britain’s decision to quit the EU has prompted global banks to establish new bases inside the bloc to secure continued access to clients in the region. Goldman Sachs is considering moving as many as 1,000 employees to Frankfurt, a person familiar said earlier this year, with the U.K. capital set to lose as many as 30,000 financial services jobs after Brexit, according to the Bruegel think tank.

Goldman Sachs plans to start moving client-facing staff to various EU cities next year, the firm’s vice chairman of the international business Richard Gnodde said in April.

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Goldman said to weigh SEB’s Skylight building among options; U.S. bank said to move as many as 1,000 jobs to Frankfurt
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