Royal Bank of Scotland has today revealed how its legal entity structure is expected to change over the next two years to comply with the UK's ring-fencing requirements prior to 1 January 2019. The bank's newly relaunched brand strategy supports this future ring-fenced structure. "We need to undertake a significant reorganisation of our current legal entity structure and business model," the bank said in a statement. "As previously disclosed, by the end of 2018, we intend to place the majority of our UK and Western European banking business in ring-fenced banking entities under an intermediate holding company. "Our Corporate & Institutional Banking (CIB) activities will be in a non-ring-fenced bank and our RBS International business will be placed outside the ring-fence, both as subsidiaries of The Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc ("RBS Group plc"). "In line with regulatory requirements, RBS Group plc will continue to be the primary issuing entity for funding and capital raising activities. RBS continues to work through its ring-fencing plans and any implications for debt issued by RBS's entities will be announced in due course. "Our final ring-fenced legal structure and the actions taken to achieve it, remain subject to, amongst other factors, additional regulatory, Board and other approvals as well as employee information and consultation procedures. "All such actions and their respective timings may be subject to change, or additional actions may be required, including as a result of external and internal factors including further regulatory, corporate or other developments." BRANDING STRATEGY "Our new brand strategy is designed to align with our business strategy and future ring-fenced structure. We will focus on our strong individual customer brands by re-launching them to align more closely with the geographies they serve. "Over the coming months, NatWest will become our main customer facing brand in England and Wales and Western Europe, and in Scotland, Royal Bank of Scotland will be our core brand. "Alongside the investment and changes in our Royal Bank of Scotland and NatWest brands, our CIB business will become known as NatWest Markets in readiness for our future ring-fenced structure. NatWest Markets will continue to offer financing, rates and currencies to our customers."
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