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We’re Here for good

As one of the bank’s fastest growing client franchises, our business across Europe and the Americas is pivotal to delivering the strategic aspirations of the bank.

Who we are and what we do

We are a leading international banking group with more than 86,000 employees and a presence in 60 countries and territories in Europe and Americas, Asia, the Middle East and Africa.  Our purpose is to drive commerce and prosperity through our unique diversity, and our heritage and values are expressed in our brand promise, Here for good. We’re listed on the London and Hong Kong Stock Exchanges.

We have had a presence in Europe and the Americas for over 160 years, employing more than 5,000 people in 14 different countries. We take pride in our ability to bridge the physical distance between our clients in the region, who are looking to expand into and across our network, and vice versa.

The Europe and Americas region is a centre of expertise for the Bank’s major product groups, allowing us to provide a wide range of services, platforms and capabilities to meet the growing needs of our clients across Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

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Standard Chartered in the United Kingdom

Standard Chartered has a history of over 160 years in the UK, having opened our UK office in 1853. Our headquarters is at 1 Basinghall Avenue, London, and both the Group CEO and Chairman are based here.

Standard Chartered is regulated by the Prudential Regulation Authority and the Financial Conduct Authority and is one of the UK’s largest banks. We are a FTSE100 company listed on the London Stock Exchange since 1969.

In addition to the many Group functions based in the UK, London serves as the headquarters for the Europe & Americas business, focused on facilitating business across Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

It is a hub for our Corporate and Institutional Banking business, and hosts a significant Private Banking Business for the region.

Standard Chartered has been the Main Club sponsor of Liverpool Football Club since July 2010.

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We’re Here for good

We have had a presence in Europe and the Americas for over 160 years, employing more than 5,000 people in 14 different countries. We take pride in our ability to bridge the physical distance between our clients in the region, who are looking to expand into and across our network, and vice versa.

The Europe and Americas region is a centre of expertise for the Bank’s major product groups, allowing us to provide a wide range of services, platforms and capabilities to meet the growing needs of our clients.

As one of the bank’s fastest growing client franchises, our business across Europe and the Americas is pivotal to delivering the strategic aspirations of the bank.

We opened our UK office in 1853 and our London headquarters is the main centre in Europe for Corporate & Institutional Banking client coverage. It is also a booking centre, along with Jersey for our Private Banking business and Priority Banking and Retail Banking services are provided out of jersey and in the Falklands.

Our EU hub, Standard Chartered Bank AG, which is located in Frankfurt, strengthens our presence across Europe and enables us to better serve our strategic and evolving European client base.

Standard Chartered is also present in multiple locations across North and South America, with our Americas headquarters located in New York. Our Americas franchise, through our Corporate and Institutional Banking business, is committed to providing financial products and services to multi-national corporations, financial institutions and development organisations.

Our leaders based in the UK

Torry Berntsen 

Regional CEO, Europe and Americas


  • Appointed Regional CEO, Europe and Americas and CEO Europe and UK in January 2021.
  • Torry was previously CEO and Head of Corporate and Institutional Banking for the Americas, Standard Chartered.  
  • Torry has over 35 years of banking and financial services experience. Prior to Standard Chartered, he was the President and a Director of Independent Bank Group (IBG), where he was involved in all aspects of the Company’s operations, including spearheading its investor relations efforts as well as managing all of its financial institutions relationships and partnerships.
  • He spent 25 years in various senior management roles at The Bank of New York Mellon (BNY Mellon). His last position in BNY Mellon was Senior Executive Vice President, Sector Head, Global Client Management.
  • In his role as CEO Europe and Americas he is responsible for the Corporate & Institutional Banking, Private and Retail Banking businesses in the US, Latin America, UK, Jersey, Falklands, Germany, France, Nordics, Ireland and Turkey. 
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Clare Francis

Regional Head Client Coverage Europe


  • Clare is regionally responsible for the client coverage teams across Europe looking at  Hedge Funds, Insurance, Banks, Public Sector and Corporate clients. 
  • Joined Standard Chartered in November 2017, from Lloyds Banking Group where she led the Corporate & Institutional bank with responsibility for commercial banking as well as the International Bank, having previously been Head of Financial Market Sales on the trading floor.
  • Before joining Lloyds in 2006, Clare spent seventeen years at HSBC, where she held a variety of domestic and international positions across Financial markets, Risk, Sales and IT.

Grant Parkinson

Head, CPBB, Europe


  • Grant joined Standard Chartered in 2020 as Head of Private Banking for Europe, Middle East and Africa, and shortly moved into his current role as Head of Consumer, Private and Business Banking for Europe.
  • Based in London, he is responsible for the region’s Priority and Private Banking business operations in Jersey, the United Arab Emirates and UK that serve emerging markets clients across Africa, the Middle East, UK and Turkey.
  • Grant came to Standard Chartered from Brewin Dolphin where he was Chief Operating Officer and led development of technology solutions for client-facing colleagues and digital.  Prior to that he worked at Coutts, also as Chief Operating Officer, where he successfully ran multiple business development, change and remediation programmes. 
  • Grant’s career in financial services spans 25 years, having held senior leadership positions at national and international wealth providers.  He has a breadth of experience and knowledge in wealth management, project management and delivering business strategies to grow a company.