Taiwanese bank opens first Australian branch in Sydney

15 February 2012

Taiwan's fifth largest bank, the Hua Nan Commercial Bank, is opening its first Australian branch in Sydney.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Stoner said the bank's choice of Sydney for its first branch in Australia provided further acknowledgement of Sydney as Australia's financial services capital and a leading financial hub in the Asia Pacific.

"The Hua Nan Commercial Bank is expected to invest $20 million and create seven new jobs over the next five years," Mr Stoner said. "Hua Nan Commercial Bank's Sydney branch will help to facilitate trade and investment between NSW and Taiwan, which is our State's fourth largest merchandise export market."

The Hua Nan Commercial Bank, which was founded in 1919, has 185 branches in Taiwan and branches in Los Angeles, New York, London, Hong Kong, Singapore, Ho Chi Minh City and Shenzhen, China and a representative office in Hanoi.

Bank chairman Mr Ming-Cheng Lin said the Australian economy was one of the fastest growing and most advanced economies in the world. "Hua Nan Bank is very privileged and honoured to now play a part in Australia's solid banking and financial system.

"The opening of Hua Nan Bank's Sydney branch is significant not only for its strategic move into the Australian market, but it is also an important milestone to include the Oceania region in the Bank's global strategic plan," Mr Lin said.

The Hua Nan Commercial Bank joins three other Taiwanese banks in Sydney – the Taiwan Cooperative Bank, the Mega International Commercial Bank and the Taiwan Business Bank which all have branches in the city.

Mr Stoner said NSW Trade & Investment facilitated the establishment of Hua Nan Bank's branch in Sydney by providing market intelligence, industry and regulatory contacts, visa application support and facilitation of site selection.