RBS International

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The Royal Bank of Scotland International Limited
Private limited company (subsidiary undertaking)
IndustryFinancial services
Founded1996; 23 years ago (1996)
HeadquartersJersey, Channel Islands
Key people
Andrew McLaughlin, Chief Executive
ProductsOffshore banking
Number of employees
1,750 (August 2011 est.)[1]
ParentThe Royal Bank of Scotland Group
RBS International building in Saint Helier

The Royal Bank of Scotland International, trading under the NatWest International, RBS International, Coutts Crown Dependencies and Isle of Man Bank brands, is the offshore banking arm of The Royal Bank of Scotland Group. It provides a range of services to personal, business, commercial, corporate and financial intermediary customers from its base in St. Helier, Jersey.


The Royal Bank of Scotland[edit]

The Royal Bank of Scotland first began offering services to customers in offshore jurisdictions through Williams Deacon Bank, its London and Manchester-based subsidiary, in 1963.[2] RBS International was founded as Williams Deacons Investment and Finance Limited in 1966, becoming Williams & Glyn's Bank Investments (Jersey) Limited in 1970, Williams & Glyn's Bank (Jersey) Limited in 1982 and The Royal Bank of Scotland (Jersey) Limited in 1985, before adopting the present name in 2003.[3] The Royal Bank of Scotland International was first registered as a trading name in 1995 and The Royal Bank of Scotland International (Holdings) Limited was formed in 1996.

The undertaking of The Royal Bank of Scotland (Gibraltar) Limited, which carried on business in Gibraltar under the NatWest and RBS International brands, was transferred to RBS International in 2009.[4]

National Westminster Bank[edit]

NatWest Offshore Limited was an Isle of Man-incorporated bank formed in 1997, with branches in Jersey, Guernsey and Gibraltar. The business was transferred to RBS International through private members’ legislation passed in each of the four jurisdictions in 2001, with RBS retaining NatWest as a trading name as well as continuing its existing business.[5]

National Westminster International Holdings BV is the holding company for National Westminster Services (Ireland) Limited (Dublin), RBS Deutschland Holdings GmbH (Frankfurt) and RBS Netherlands Holdings BV (Houten).

Isle of Man Bank[edit]

In 2019, the High Court of Justice of the Isle of Man granted approval for the transfer of the business of Isle of Man Bank Limited to the Isle of Man branch of RBS International, trading as Isle of Man Bank.[6]


Headquartered in Jersey, RBS International has a presence in Gibraltar, Guernsey, the Isle of Man and Luxembourg. The bank is regulated by the Jersey Financial Services Commission; the Gibraltar branch is regulated and authorised by the Financial Services Commission, Gibraltar to undertake banking and investment business;[7] the Guernsey branch is regulated by the Guernsey Financial Services Commission and licensed under the Banking Supervision (Bailiwick of Guernsey) Law, 1994, as amended, the Insurance Managers and Insurance Intermediaries (Bailiwick of Guernsey) Law, 2002, and the Protection of Investors (Bailiwick of Guernsey) Law, 1987, as amended; and the Isle of Man branch is licensed by the Isle of Man Financial Services Authority in respect of deposit taking, investment business and registered as a general insurance intermediary.

In 2012, it was announced that all personal banking customers would be migrated to the NatWest brand, while business, commercial and corporate banking customers would remain under the RBS International brand.[8] The NatWest trading name was changed to NatWest International in 2017, due to new ring-fencing legislation in the UK.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Bank announces offshore job cuts". BBC News. 4 March 2009. Retrieved 24 September 2013.
  2. ^ RBS International The Royal Bank of Scotland Group (retrieved 26 October 2016)
  3. ^ A separate Jersey-registered entity, Williams Glyn Secretaries & Registrars (C.I.) Limited, was formed in 1972; this became Williams & Glyn's Trust Company (Channel Islands) Limited in 1978, Royal Bank of Scotland Trust Company (C.I.) Limited in 1985 and The Royal Bank of Scotland Trust Company (Jersey) Limited in 1990. Following the disposal of RBS International Securities Services (Holdings) Limited in 2007, it is now known as BNP Paribas Securities Services Trust Company (Jersey) Limited
  4. ^ The Royal Bank of Scotland (Gibraltar) (Transfer of Undertaking) Act 2009 [Private Member’s Bill. 03/09] Third Supplement to the Gibraltar Gazette, No. 3,739 of 15 October 2009
  5. ^ The Royal Bank of Scotland International Limited (Jersey) Law 2001 (P.61/2001): Report Presented to the States on 17 April 2001 by the Finance and Economics Committee
  6. ^ Notification of changes to Isle of Man Bank Limited Isle of Man Bank, February 2019
  7. ^ NatWest is a registered business name of The Royal Bank of Scotland International Limited under the Business Names Registration Act
  8. ^ Beugge, Charlotte (29 May 2012). "Expat rates: why AIB International savers must get moving". The Telegraph. Retrieved 12 September 2014.

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