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BANKING IN GIBRALTAR

With a banking sector that has more than four and half billion pounds sterling in assets, Gibraltar has approximately 20 different banks to choose from.

The banks fall into three main categories: Licensed are licensed by Gibraltar's Financial Services Commission which means they are regulated and supervised by the Government there. Authorised means they are covered by the European Economic Community but not licensed by the FSC. They are regulated by the laws in their country of origin which is covered by European legislation but the Gibraltar Government has limited responsibility. Overseas represent their home offices and can only promote services from there. Current examples of this type of bank are ones from Jersey, the Isle of Man and Morocco. They are under stricter controls from the FSC than those covered by the EEA.

The attraction of banking in Gibraltar is that there are no exchange controls with restrictions on currency conversion or on how much money you can transfer into or out of your account.

If you have more than one hundred thousand euros to invest it is advisable to go the route of private banking of "wealth management". Because Gibraltar is an offshore area it can offer attractive tax conditions to investors and it is a thriving industry here with many expatriate residents in Spain availing themselves of these services.

A private banker will be able to advise you on the best way to achieve financial stability and capital growth. This is a chargeable service and fees will be in accordance with the type of relationship you form with your advisor. All dealings are treated with the utmost confidentiality, but with the current international regulations tightening up on money laundering, drug trafficking and terrorism it is sometimes necessary to disclose information if criminal tendencies are likely.

Gibraltar is a self-governing territory with its own elected government. It enacts laws independently of the United Kingdom and maintains an independent tax status.
Gibraltar is a member of the European Union and has been ever since the accession of the United Kingdom on 1 January 1973, by virtue of Article 229(4) of the Treaty establishing the European Economic Community (as amended) (the “Treaty”), which states that the provisions of the Treaty “apply to the European territories for whose external relations a member state is responsible”.

Gibraltar is treated as member of the European Union by virtue of the United Kingdom’s membership and is required to operate internationally recognised and EU standard anti-money laundering and Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (“OECD”) conventions.
Gibraltar can take advantage of the single European passport for banking, insurance and investment services that allows Gibraltar licensed banks, insurance companies and investment services providers to operate in other EU Member States enabling them to sell their financial products throughout the EU and the European Economic Area.


The Financial Services Commission (the “Regulator”) (
www.fsc.gi), a statutory body corporate, originally established in 1989, is the regulatory authority responsible for all Gibraltar-regulated financial services, including banking.


The Regulator’s commitment to providing financial services regulation in an effective and efficient manner ensures Gibraltar maintains its position as a reputable and robust finance centre. Gibraltar’s reputation was most recently endorsed in the International Monetary Fund (“IMF”) evaluation on Gibraltar’s supervision of Banking, Insurance and Anti- Money Laundering measures, which referred to Gibraltar’s robust regulatory environment.


The Regulator is obliged to implement standards of legislation and regulatory practice, which match UK practice, including the establishment of a Depositor Guarantee Scheme, broadly similar to those available to depositors under the United Kingdom's deposit protection arrangements.


The Financial Services (Banking) Act 1992 (the “Act”), as amended, and supporting regulations, in accordance with relevant EU directives, provides the legal framework for the supervision of deposit takers who provide banking services in or from within Gibraltar either as a Gibraltar incorporated legal entity or a branch of a deposit taker authorised in either EEA State or a third country.