KBC provides not only local support for your business but also helps you on your international growth journey. At KBC Corporate Banking, our international expertise, highly skilled staff and smartly-crafted international network unlock your potential and get you off to a flying start.
Exclusively for home clients
Even more important than the precise location is the focus of these foreign establishments: they are solely designed to help clients from the home market. In order to realise that ambition, the foreign establishments are on an ideal scale. ‘The teams are big enough to provide our clients operating in that country with the support they need,’ states Eraly, ‘but not so big as to need separate governance. For that reason, and also because they act exclusively for clients operating from or to the home market, our foreign staff remain focused on the home country, so that we are able to offer our clients a genuinely integrated network with short lines. Furthermore, short lines apply not just to colleagues abroad but also to the decision-making centre. Unlike our competitors, we have our decision-making centre in Belgium.' (Learn more...)
Your language, not just literally, but figuratively too
And there's no need for introductions. Our specialists are already well familiar with your company and business model thanks to close cooperation with their Belgian colleagues. Wim Eraly, Senior General Manager of KBC Corporate Banking, explains: ‘The client never feels that it needs to build up a new relationship with our people abroad. It is simply the same relationship that we already have with our clients here, which we then extend to other countries. Whether a client gets in touch in Hong Kong or Kortrijk… there's no need for it to explain all over again who it is, what it does and what it needs. The people it deals with are already familiar with it.’
Wim Eraly, Senior General Manager KBC Corporate Banking: 'We aim to have an international presence where our home clients need them. Our strategy is to expand selectively, seeking to enter markets where our skills and expertise deliver most value to our clients. And when we set up an international branch, we go the extra mile to really make the difference for them.'
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Needless to say a foreign presence is also more than just a copy of a Belgian enterprise. Doing business abroad is, after all, not quite the same thing as doing business in Belgium. The added value lies also in the expertise it is possible to offer in relation to the country. Your relationship manager can help.
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