CACEIS and Royal Bank of Canada complete acquisition of RBC Investor Services' operations in Europe and Malaysia

PARIS and TORONTOJuly 3, 2023 - Today CACEIS, subsidiary of the Crédit Agricole group and Santander, and Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) announced completion of the sale by RBC and purchase by CACEIS of the European asset servicing activities of RBC Investor Services and its associated Malaysian centre of excellence.

This transaction, which has received all required regulatory and antitrust approvals, combines two strong asset servicing operations in Europe.

With this transaction, CACEIS gains broader international coverage and an expanded offering for all its clients. Covering the entire value chain, CACEIS is strengthening its leading position in European asset servicing.

CACEIS' acquisition of the business of the UK branch of RBC Investor Services Trust and RBC Investor Services business in Jersey is expected to take place in the coming months, subject to the receipt of the necessary regulatory approvals.

The results of the sold operations have a de minimis impact to RBC's common equity Tier 1 (CET1) ratio and earnings per share (EPS).

The transaction excludes RBC Investor Services' Canadian operations.

Jean-Pierre Michalowski, CEO of CACEIScommented: "This deal further strengthens CACEIS' leadership position as a front-running asset servicing player. I believe that the staff who are joining us are proud to be part of our group. Together we will construct the benchmark for the sector in Europe. With motivated individuals all working collectively to serve our clients, we are on the right track."

Francis Jackson, CEO of RBC Investor Servicesadded: "We are incredibly proud of the business we have built in Europe and pleased that both clients and employees of our business will benefit from being part of what is expected to become one of the largest asset servicing providers in Europe. We believe the complementary services, combined scale and joint expertise of RBC's Investor Services' European business and CACEIS will bring more opportunity for employees and greater value for clients."


CACEIS is the asset servicing banking group of Crédit Agricole S.A. and Santander dedicated to asset managers, insurance companies, pension funds, banks, private equity and real estate funds, brokers and corporate clients. Through offices across Europe, North and South America, and Asia, CACEIS offers a broad range of services covering execution, clearing, forex, securities lending, custody, depositary and fund administration, transfer agency, fund distribution support, middle office outsourcing and issuer services. With assets under custody of €4.1 trillion and assets under administration of €2.2 trillion, CACEIS is a European leader in asset servicing and one of the major players worldwide (figures as of 31 December 2022).

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This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of certain securities laws, including the "safe harbour" provisions of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and any applicable Canadian securities legislation, with respect to RBC's and CACEIS' financial performance, beliefs, plans and expectations. Forward-looking statements in this press release may include, but are not limited to, statements with respect to plans for the combined operations of CACEIS and RBC Investor Services, the anticipated timing of CACEIS' acquisition of the business of the UK branch of RBC Investor Services Trust and RBC Investor Services business in Jersey, the financial, operational and capital impacts of the transaction, our strategies or future actions, and our objectives and commitments. The forward-looking information contained in this press release is presented for the purpose of assisting the holders of our securities and financial analysts in understanding the transaction and may not be appropriate for other purposes. Forward looking statements are typically identified by words such as "believe", "expect", "foresee", "forecast", "anticipate", "intend", "estimate", "goal", "commit", "target", "objective", "plan" and "project" and similar expressions of future or conditional verbs such as "will", "may", "might", "should", "could" or "would".

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We caution that the foregoing list of risk factors is not exhaustive and other factors could also adversely affect our results. When relying on our forward-looking statements to make decisions with respect to us, investors and others should carefully consider the foregoing factors and other uncertainties and potential events. Material economic assumptions underlying the forward-looking statements contained in this press release are set out in the Economic, market and regulatory review and outlook section and for each business segment under the Strategic priorities and Outlook sections in RBC's 2022 Annual Report, as updated by the Economic, market and regulatory review and outlook section of RBC's Q2 2023 Report to Shareholders.

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RBC, Europe

Janita Hung, +44 7548 311 208


Ylana Kurtz, 416 348 2330

RBC Investor Relations, Asim Imran, 416 955 7804

CACEIS, Claude Michaux, +352 47 67 27 92