E*Trade Financial Corp closes Dubai branch after breaching anti-money laundering controls
E*Trade Financial Corp is closing its Dubai branch, just months after it was fined in the emirate for breaching anti-money laundering controls, the online US broker said on Tuesday.
"We made a business decision to close the branch in Dubai as the current and projected opportunity does not support the investment required to maintain a local branch," Susan Hickey, E*Trade's senior vice-president for corporate communications told Reuters in an e-mailed statement.
"We have fewer than 400 customer accounts in Dubai. We have 2.7 million brokerage accounts globally so its immaterial to our business," she said.
It has not yet been decided when the firm's office in the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) would close, but she added it was working towards a "smooth transition".
In May the Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA), which is the regulator for the Nasdaq Dubai bourse, said it fined E*Trade $200,000 for breaching anti-money laundering controls.
The regulator fined the firm for failing to obtain sufficient evidence of its clients' source of wealth and for not providing adequate address details for some of its clients.