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CIMB Group (MYX: 1023) is Malaysia’s second largest financial services provider, and fifth largest in Southeast Asia by total assets. It is owned by Bumiputra-Commerce Holdings Berhad (BCHB), which is listed on Bursa Malaysia with a market capitalization of RM26.6 billion. CIMB Group operates as a universal bank offering a full range of financial products and services, covering corporate and investment banking, consumer banking, treasury, insurance and asset management. CIMB Group offers products and services on a dual banking basis, giving customers a choice of both conventional and Islamic solutions. As a universal bank, it is able to serve everyone from all walks of life in Malaysia as well as throughout the region, including large regional corporations, domestic listed companies, entrepreneurial start-ups, high-net worth individuals, pensioners and children. Today, CIMB serves close to seven million customers in over 600 locations through over 25,000 staff. At present, its main markets are Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore, countries in which CIMB Group has full universal banking capabilities. CIMB Group’s presence in 11 countries covers South East Asia and major global financial centres, as well as countries with which their South East Asian customers have significant business and investment dealings. In addition, CIMB extends its regional reach and range of products and services through strategic partnerships. Partners include the Principal Financial Group, Aviva plc, Allianz Malaysia Berhad, Mapletree Capital Management, Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Standard Bank plc, Daewoo Securities, the Kanoo Group, Malaysia Airlines, International Currency Exchange, EDS, Pos Malaysia, 7-11, Singer Malaysia and many more.  1924: Bian Chiang Bank was established in Kuching by Wee Kheng Chiang. Its primary activities were business financing and the issuance of bills of exchange. 1965: Southern Bank Berhad (SBB) was founded as Southern Banking Ltd. It started out in Penang but quickly expanded and set up operations in Kuala Lumpur. It was soon recognized as an important player in wealth management products, credit cards and small-medium enterprise lending (SME). 1965: Bank Bumiputra Malaysia Berhand (BBMB) was incorporated. This was in line with government initatives to increase Bumiputra participation in the national economy. The bank grew to be the most prominent bank for all Malaysians 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. 1972: United Asian Bank Berhad was established in Kuala Lumpur. This was a result of the merger of three Indian-owned banks; Indian Overseas Bank Ltd., Indian Bank Ltd., and United Commercial Bank Ltd. UAB started as a joint-venture in banking between Malaysia and India, taking over the operations of the Malaysian branches of Indian banks in 1972. It established a reputation for encouraging enterprise amongst less prosperous sections of the country. 1974: Pertanian Baring Sanwa Multinational Berhad (PBS) was incorporated by Bank Pertanian, Baring Brothers of United Kingdom, Sanwa Bank of Japan and Multinational bank of the United Kingdom. It was managed by the Baring Brothers and provided corporate advisory and funding services to multinationals. 1979: Bian Chiang Bank was renamed Bank of Commerce Berhad. This was a result of its purchase by the UMNO-owned Fleet group. In 1982, the bank became an institution with RM367 million in total assets and total shareholders’ funds of RM12.8 million. 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...
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