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Credit Suisse pulls out of South Africa in global shift -sources

JOHANNESBURG - Credit Suisse has pulled out of South Africa after more than a decade as part of chief executive Tidjane Thiam’s bank-wide revamp, three sources with knowledge of the matter said. , Switzerland s second largest bank is in the final stages of a three-year drive to focus on managing the money of wealthy investors and scale back investment banking. They are gone. It s a total withdrawal wrapped up some weeks back, one of the sources said. In 2013 Credit Suisse, which declined to comment, told customers in nearly 50 markets, including Congo and Angola, that it would end cross-border wealth management business with them. Credit Suisse s website says it has offices in approximately 50 countries and lists Johannesburg as its only sub-Saharan African location. Thiam, who in September ruled himself out as a candidate for political office in his native Ivory Coast, has been the driving force behind the changes at the Swiss bank. Like other European players, Credit Suisse has been struggling to compete with the U.S. investment banks which dominate Wall Street. Credit Suisse, which had around 30 staff at its Johannesburg office, re-entered South Africa in 2006 after leaving in the 1980s under pressure from anti-apartheid campaigners.Reuters ,

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