The FINANCIAL -- Wells Fargo & Company announced on October 3 it has completed the purchase of the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) segment of GE Capital’s Commercial Distribution Finance (CDF) business.
The acquisition includes CDF assets, nine offices and 163 team members in markets across Europe, including Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the U.K.
“EMEA is an important region for our CDF business and customers,” said Maurice Benisty, CEO, CDF International. “This has been a seamless integration and we continue to provide our customers with excellent service and support. We’re excited to become part of Wells Fargo and, over time, offer our customers a broader selection of financial products and services as we help them become even more financially successful in the future.”
As previously announced, Wells Fargo agreed to purchase GE Capital’s CDF, Vendor Finance and a portion of its Corporate Finance businesses. This was in addition to large components of GE Capital’s rail platforms and commercial real estate businesses. In March 2016, Wells Fargo announced it completed the purchase of the North American businesses. Following the closing of the Asia, Australia and New Zealand portfolios closing earlier this year, EMEA is the final international segment for CDF to close and marks the completion of the total acquisition, according to Wells Fargo.
“The completion of the GE Capital acquisition is extremely positive for Wells Fargo, our team members and shareholders. I’m proud of the hard work that continues to be done by everyone involved to help complete the transition as smoothly as possible,” said Tim Sloan, Wells Fargo president and COO. “GE Capital’s businesses are industry leaders that are supported by exceptionally talented and experienced teams. We’re thrilled to welcome the new EMEA team members, who now join colleagues in North America, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, to the stagecoach as we continue to strengthen our capabilities and customer relationships.”
Wells Fargo currently has 1,100 Wholesale banking team members in EMEA to serve its corporate, commercial and financial institution customers doing business across the region. Wells Fargo currently operates 10 lines of business throughout EMEA, including global financial institutions, global banking, securities, commercial real estate and asset management.