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Avaloq enters UK: branch office opened, number of customers on the rise

The Avaloq Group has arrived in the United Kingdom. The Swiss market leader for integrated and comprehensive banking software solutions opened a branch office in London, from where it now covers the British financial market. Meanwhile, the number of Avaloq’s UK customers is rising: Adam & Company, went live with the Avaloq Banking System in early January, Rothschild Private Banking & Trust will follow in spring 2012.

Business at the Avaloq London office is under the direction of Managing Director, José Manuel Carro, and Senior Sales Manager, Peter Dingomal. José Manuel Carro has been with Avaloq for 11 years as a banking and software specialist, whilst Peter Dingomal has been working in the UK banking software industry for 25 years. Avaloq UK has already hired 10 employees including experienced Avaloq consultants and newly recruited specialists, familiar with the UK market. Francisco Fernandez, CEO of Avaloq Evolution AG, is pleased to announce the market entry: "The UK has always been one of our most important target markets. The Avaloq Banking System now enables UK banks to offer new products and services with an unbeaten time to market and it substantially reduces a bank’s operating expenses. Our presence in London will certainly influence British banks’ choices when it comes to deciding about new banking software.” The Avaloq Banking System is fully able to meet the needs of the UK market. Adaptations to local tax and payment systems, trust administration and special Tax Wrapper products have been implemented.

The first client to be supported by Avaloq in the UK is Adam & Company. The private bank went live with the Avaloq Banking System on 4 January and transferred its entire business onto the new system. Now, approximately 400 employees of Adam & Company are using the Avaloq Banking System in all of the company’s branch offices. Adam & Company's project is part of an overall contract signed with RBS Coutts which already uses the Avaloq system in many of its international locations. Jürgen Pulm, Chief Administration Officer, RBS Wealth Management, states: “We have a very good experience of using Avaloq with our Swiss company RBS Coutts and therefore considered it as a core option for use with Adam & Company. It came out on top in our evaluation process and then lived up to its promises with a smooth transition process. Their system is one of the leading integrated banking software solutions.”

The specialists of Avaloq UK are now preparing the implementation at Rothschild Private Banking & Trust– Avaloq’s second UK customer.

The bank has significant growth plans and needed to invest in a new banking platform to help facilitate this growth. Rothschild is scheduled to go live with the Avaloq Banking System in spring 2012 and will implement all modules available. Veit de Maddalena, CEO of Rothschild Private Banking & Trust, is looking forward to working with Avaloq: “We chose their System because it comes with a preconfigured model bank and because it covers all functionalities needed by a bank – front to back. We are positive that the Avaloq Banking System will substantially reduce our operating risk and increase our ability to support new markets.” At Rothschild more than 250 employees will be working with the Avaloq Banking System in the bank’s Zurich and London branches.