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CIMB Group Berhad
Kumpulan CIMB (Malay)
Public company
Industry Financial services
Headquarters Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Key people

Dato' Sri Nazir Razak, chairman

Tengku Dato' Zafrul Aziz, chief executive officer
Products Consumer Banking
Corporate Banking
Investment Banking
Islamic Banking
Asset Management
Insurance & Takaful
Revenue 11px RM14.672 billion
(US$4.8 billion) (2013)[1]
11px RM5.849 billion
(US$1.78 billion) (2013)[1]
#redirect Template:If affirmed 11px RM4.54 billion
(US$1.38 billion) (2013)[1]
Total assets 11pxRM391.6 billion
(US$120 billion)
(Sept 2014)[2]
Number of employees
Over 40,000[2]

CIMB Group is a universal bank headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, operating in high growth economies in ASEAN. CIMB Group is an indigenous ASEAN investment bank, the largest Asia Pacific (ex-Japan) based investment bank and one of the world's largest Islamic banks. CIMB has a wide retail branch network with 1,080 branches across the region.[3]

The group operates under several corporate entities, which include CIMB Investment Bank, CIMB Bank, CIMB Islamic, CIMB Niaga, CIMB Securities International and CIMB Thai. The group's business activities are primarily in the areas of Consumer Banking, Wholesale Banking, comprising Investment Banking and Corporate Banking, Treasury & Markets, and Group Strategy & Strategic Investments, with its core markets being Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand. CIMB Islamic operates in parallel with these businesses, in line with the group's dual banking model.[4][5]

The group has over 40,000 employees located in 18 countries, covering ASEAN and major global financial centres, as well as countries in which its customers have significant business and investment dealings.[6]

The group's geographical reach and its products and services are complemented by partnerships. Its partners include the Principal Financial Group, Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Standard Bank and Daewoo Securities, among others.[7][8]


CIMB is an abbreviation for Commerce International Merchant Bankers.[9]


1924: Bian Chiang Bank was established in Kuching, Malaysia by Wee Kheng Chiang . Its primary activities were business financing and the issuance of bills of exchange.

1935: Ban Hin Lee Bank (BHLB) was established in Penang, Malaysia by Yeap Chor Ee. Its original focus was serving local businessmen in their trading and merchant activities. In the 1960s it branched out into real estate and home financing and by 1990 it had become a modern financial institution. It was then listed on the Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange on 7 January 1991.

1948: Bank Lippo was founded in 1948 with its headquarters in Tangerang, Indonesia.

1955: Established as a national private bank, Bank Niaga expanded to become a full-service bank in 1974.

1965: Southern Bank Berhad (SBB) was founded as Southern Banking Ltd. It started out in Penang and expanded to Kuala Lumpur. Its products included wealth-management products, credit cards and loans for small and medium enterprises (SME).

1965: Bank Bumiputra Malaysia Berhad (BBMB) was incorporated. Set up in line with government initiatives to increase Bumiputra participation in the national economy, the bank grew to be one of the largest, with branches throughout the country. By 1980 it had become the largest bank in the country in terms of assets and was the first domestic bank to have operations in New York, London, Tokyo, Bahrain and Hong Kong.[5]

1972: United Asian Bank Berhad (UAB) was established in Kuala Lumpur. UAB created out of the merger of the Malaysian operations and branches of three Indian-owned banks: Indian Overseas Bank, Indian Bank, and United Commercial Bank. The Government of India had nationalised the largest banks in India, including these three, and Malaysian law prohibited the operation in Malaysia of branches of government-owned foreign banks. UAB's primary purpose was to encourage enterprise among less prosperous sections of the country.

1974: Pertanian Baring Sanwa Multinational Berhad (PBS) was incorporated by Bank Pertanian, Baring Brothers, and Multinational Bank of the United Kingdom, and Sanwa Bank of Japan. It was managed by Baring Brothers and provided corporate advisory and funding services to multinationals.

1979: Bian Chiang Bank was renamed Bank of Commerce Berhad following its purchase by the UMNO-owned Fleet group. The bank had RM367 million in total assets and total shareholders' funds of RM12.8 million in 1982.

1986: Pertanian Baring Sanwa Multinational Berhad was renamed Commerce International Merchant Bankers Berhad (CIMB). This was a result of Bank of Commerce Berhad replacing Bank Pertanian as the controlling shareholder of PBS. Corporate finance remained CIMB's main focus and stock broking was added to its range of services.[9]

1991: Bank of Commerce acquired UAB. After the acquisition, Bank of Commerce's branch network increased almost fourfold. The listed holding company was then renamed Commerce-Asset Holdings Berhad (CAHB).

1999: BBMB and Bank of Commerce merged to form Bumiputra-Commerce Bank.

2000: As part of a government initiated banking consolidation plan, SBB acquired Ban Hin Lee Bank Berhad and also took over two smaller finance companies: Perdana Finance Berhad and Cempaka Finance Berhad.

2003: CIMB was listed on the main board of the Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange. In the same year, CIMB Islamic was launched providing customers with Syariah compliant solutions.

2004: CIMB acquired 70% of Commerce Trust Berhad (CTB) and Commerce Asset Fund Managers Berhad (CAFM). This led to the formation of CIMB-Principal, a joint venture with the Principal Group of the United States. Then in 2005, CIMB acquired Singapore based G.K. Goh, which was established in 1979 as an international stock broker. This led to the formation of CIMB-GK, CIMB's international investment banking operations.

2005: Commerce Asset Holdings Berhad (CAHB) announced a decision to create a universal bank by combining its commercial and investment banks. Following this announcement, Bumiputra-Commerce Group was acquired by CIMB. As part of the exercise, CAHB was renamed Bumiputra-Commerce Holdings.

2006: In January, CIMB completed its restructuring exercise under Bumiputra-Commerce Holdings Berhad. The new CIMB Group was known as a universal bank. It made a transition to a full-service banking provider serving corporates to individuals. Then in March, CIMB Group acquired SBB after extensive negotiations. After the acquisition, in September CIMB Group was launched by the then Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dato' Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

2007: CIMB Group launched its presence in both Thailand and USA through the establishment of CIMB-GK Securities (Thailand) Ltd. and CIMB-GK Securities (USA) Inc. In November, CIMB Foundation launched as a not-for-profit organisation that will carry out the group's corporate social responsibility.

2008: CIMB Group entered into an agreement for a 19.99% stake in Bank of Yingkou adding mainland China to the Group's network. In the same year CIMB Group undertook the merger of PT Bank Niaga TBK with PT Bank Lippo Tbk to create the sixth-largest bank in Indonesia. CIMB Group and the Principal Financial Group launched CIMB-Principal Islamic Asset Management also in that year. Lastly, CIMB Group entered into an agreement with Financial Institutions Development Fund to purchase a 42.13% stake in Bank Thai Public Company.

2009: CIMB Bank and CIMB Islamic moved to a new headquarters, the 39-storey Menara Bumiputra-Commerce which houses CIMB Group's consumer banking franchises. The building site was the location of the bank's predecessors, Bank Bumiputra and the United Asian Bank. In the same year, CIMB Thai was officially launched with its new brand and logo unveiled to the public in May 2009 by Khun Korn Chatikavanji, Thailand's Minister of Finance. In September, CIMB Group set up retail banking services in Singapore through CIMB Bank Singapore.

2010: CIMB Group expanded to Cambodia through the fully owned subsidiary CIMB Bank Plc. The first branch, which also serves as the headquarters, was officially launched in Phnom Penh on 19 November 2010.

2012: CIMB Group purchased the Asian investment banking business of Royal Bank of Scotland, including the RBS franchise in Australia.[9][11]


Consumer Banking

CIMB Group has full-fledged consumer banking services across its main operating markets in Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand and Cambodia. The divisions which comprise Consumer Banking are:

  • Consumer Sales and Distribution which oversees the sales network including branches and mobile sales teams
  • Retail Financial Services which is responsible for most of the retail banking as well as enterprise banking products
  • Commercial Banking which is responsible for SME and mid-size companies
  • Group Cards and Personal Financing which is responsible for credit cards businesses and personal loans portfolio

Wholesale Banking

The wholesale banking business comprises two divisions: Investment Banking and Corporate Banking, Treasury & Markets.

Investment Banking comprises Corporate Client Solutions, which covers the bank's institutional and corporate clients and Sector Specialists in real estate and agribusiness; the Advisory business unit which consists of Corporate Finance and Project Advisory; the Group Equities business unit comprising Equity Capital Markets (ECM), Institutional Sales, Research, Retail Equities, Futures Broking and Securities Services; and the Group Asset Management business unit which is the bank's retail and institutional fund management arm.

Corporate Banking, Treasury and Markets is responsible for corporate banking; transaction banking; the group's markets, sales and trading businesses in interest rates, credit, foreign exchange, commodities, equities and their derivatives; debt capital markets; fixed income investments; and treasury and funding operations for the group.

Group Strategy and Strategic Investments

Group Strategy and Strategic Investments consists of Group Strategy, Private Equity and Strategic Investments. The division is responsible for undertaking the bank's initiatives in important regional markets.

Islamic Banking

CIMB Islamic is CIMB Group's global Islamic banking and finance franchise. It offers the full complement of Shariah-compliant financial solutions, operating in parallel with the group's universal banking franchise.

CIMB Group's Brands[12]

  • CIMB Group represents its universal banking franchise.
  • CIMB represents its investment banking services, asset management and private banking franchise.
  • CIMB Bank represents its consumer bank and corporate banking franchise in Malaysia, Singapore and Cambodia.
  • CIMB Niaga represents its consumer and corporate banking franchise in Indonesia.
  • CIMB Thai represents its consumer and corporate banking franchise in Thailand.
  • CIMB Islamic is its Islamic banking franchise, incorporating products and services in compliance with Shariah principles.

Corporate Profile[10]

CIMB Group Holdings Berhad

CIMB Group Holdings Berhad (CGHB) is the holding company and listed vehicle for CIMB Group. Listed on the main market of Bursa Malaysia since 1987, CGHB had a market capitalisation of about RM56.7 billion at the end of 2012. Its total assets at the end of March 2013 were approximately RM364.6 billion, with total shareholders' funds of around RM29.7 billion and total funds under management of RM44.1 billion.[13]

CIMB Group

The group is a regional universal bank with ASEAN as its core market. The group is headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It has 1,080 branches across eight out of the 10 ASEAN nations. Its wholesale division encompasses its indigenous investment bank in ASEAN plus corporate banking, treasury and markets, and group strategy and strategic investments. Products and services are complemented with partnerships with various companies including the Principal Financial Group, Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Daewoo Securities, Sun Life Assurance, Allianz Insurance, Thai Life Insurance, Sri Ayudhya General Insurance, Kotak Mahindra Group, Mapletree Investments, and TrustCapital Advisors. Outside ASEAN, CIMB Group has representation in China (mainland and Hong Kong), the United States, Bahrain, the United Kingdom, India and Sri Lanka.


The group has full-fledged consumer banking services across its four main operating markets of Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand, plus a growing presence in Cambodia and the Philippines. CIMB Bank's Authorized Agent Banks (AAB's) directly cover Malaysia and Singapore. BDO Universal Bank Inc. directly covers the Philippines and is an (AAB) Authorized Agent Bank for International Treaty Tax Collection. Malaysia is the largest market for CIMB Bank and there were 294 branches, 7.8 million customers, 2,199 ATMs, and over 20,000 staff at the end of 2011. CIMB Bank in Singapore had two branches, 277,000 customers, six ATMs and over 1,300 staff at the end of 2011. CIMB Bank in Cambodia had seven branches, 3,100 customers, 10 ATMs and over 90 staff at the end of 2011.

CIMB Investment Bank

CIMB Investment Bank is the investment banking arm of CIMB Group with offices in Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, China (Hong Kong and Shanghai), Thailand, Australia, Korea, India, the United Kingdom, the United States, Sri Lanka, and Myanmar. The investment banking products and services offered by CIMB Investment Bank cover corporate advisory, corporate finance, equity markets, debt markets, research, private equity, real estate investment management, fund management, wealth management and private banking services. CIMB has remittance tie ups with BDO Universal Bank in the Philippines for secure cross border money transfers.

CIMB Islamic

CIMB Islamic is the global Islamic banking and finance arm of CIMB Group. It offers Shariah-compliant financial solutions in investment banking, consumer banking, asset management, takaful, private banking and wealth management. CIMB Islamic products and operations are managed in strict compliance with Shariah principles under the guidance of the CIMB Islamic Shariah Committee.

CIMB Niaga

Established in 1955 as Bank Niaga, CIMB Niaga is the group's consumer banking arm in Indonesia and as at end 2011, it was the fifth largest bank in terms of assets and the third largest mortgage provider. It has been listed on the Indonesia Stock Exchange since 1989 and had a market capitalisation of about Rp30,660.6 billion at the end of 2011 with shareholders' funds of Rp18.3 trillion and total assets of Rp166.8 trillion.CIMB Niaga offers a comprehensive range of conventional and Shariah compliant products and services. At the end of 2011, it had 901 branches, 4.2 million customers, 1,749 ATMs, and nearly 14,000 staff. CIMB Group Holdings Berhad had a 97.93% stake in CIMB Niaga, including 1.02% of PT Commerce Kapital, at the end of 2011.


Established in 1998 as BankThai, CIMB Thai is the group's consumer banking arm in Thailand. It was the 10th largest listed commercial bank in Thailand in terms of assets and the seventh largest in terms of market capitalisation at the end of 2011. It had a market capitalisation of about THB47.0 billion at the end of 2011, with shareholders' funds of THB13.32 billion and total assets of THB168.02 billion. CIMB Thai offers a range of financial products and services to customers, both corporate and retail. At the end of 2011, CIMB Thai had 157 branches, 2.2 million customers, 533 ATMs and over 4,000 staff. CIMB Group Holdings Berhad has a 93.15% stake in CIMB Thai since 2009.


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