(Bloomberg) -- UBS Group is shutting its Australian wealth management unit amid competition from local brokerages.
The units former head, Mike Chisholm, and some senior advisors are creating Crestone Wealth Management, a new firm thats expected to be operational from October, Crestone said in a Tuesday statement. Most of the client advisors and senior managers from the UBS business have indicated their intention to join Crestone, it said.
The Swiss banks exit comes after a more than month-long review and as local firms expand in wealth management in a bid to tap the nations pension savers and rich investors. Shaw Stockbroking plans to hire as many as 30 private wealth advisors in coming months across Australia.
UBSs global wealt management business model has become increasingly difficult to fully operate on a sustainable basis in the local market, which is dominated by a brokerage-based system, Global Vice Chairman for Wealth Management Alain Robert said in a statement Tuesday.
The wealth industry is facing increased regulatory and client requirements which have led to increasingly complex operational processes, he said.
Crestone intends to use UBSs economic and equities research, and its capital-markets deal flow, according to its statement. The firm said its also in talks with domestic banks about product offerings, without being more specific.
UBS reported a 54% jump in pretax profit at its wealth management unit in the first quarter.
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