Foreign banks in the Netherlands

Since the 19th century, foreign banks have played an active role in the development of the Dutch financial market. Today, their businesses comprise a diverse range of financial services, spanning investment, commercial and retail banking.

As well as loans, documentation and foreign exchange transactions, they provide guarantees in exchange businesses and foreign payment transactions. They are also active in cross-border mergers and acquisitions, and underwriting services.

This range of services, built on a combination of deep international experience and the extensive network of an internationally established group of companies, benefits private and institutional clients in the Netherlands.

Starting in the Netherlands

The rules for conducting banking activities in the Netherlands are laid down in the Dutch Act on Financial Supervision, Wet op het financieel toezicht (Wft), and the underlying regulations thereto.

This document provides some more information about conducting banking activities in the Netherlands.

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