NDB Bank Director/CEO Dimantha Seneviratne, SVP - Personal Banking and Customer Experience Sanjaya Perera and Manager - Custody and Trustee Services, Naveen Lekamge
National Development Bank PLC recently announced the launch of its “Custody and Trustee” service offering.
NDB has developed into one of the largest and most prestigious commercial banks in Sri Lanka, offering curated customer solutions seamlessly through it group of company’s covering the entire spectrum of financial services by employing innovative digital technology. It has been recognized as the best bank in Sri Lanka by 3 independent awarders in the past couple of years.
In line with its medium strategy to be the banking group of choice, the custody and trustee services was the missing links which completes the financial services spectrum which currently covers commercial banking, Wealth Management and securities trading in addition to the investment banking services.
The team will be managed by Senior Vice President Personal Banking & Customer Experience Sanjaya Perera, with expertise of over 28 years in the field of Banking, who has lead the introduction of many novel Retail banking products introduced to the bank, and Manager Custody and Trustee Services, Naveen Lekamge who has been actively engaged in the provision of "Custody and Trustee Services" in both domestic and international markets with an accumulated expertise of 7+ years in the field under the guidance of the bank’s CEO, Dimantha Seneviratne, who was formally witht the global giant HSBC Group for 17+ years.
NDB Bank CEO Mr. Dimantha Seneviratne speaking on the launch of the “Custody and Trustee Business” said that NDB intends to grow the custody services to international standards catering not only to financial assets but also non-financial assets to culminate in a family office concept. “This brings together other strategic initiatives such as family banking under its V25 medium term strategy. Further, under the one NDB concept this completes the one stop shop concept for wealth management and investments,” he said
Sanjaya Perera adding to the sentiments of the CEO stated, “We noticed that there was a need in the market for an additional player offering these services and we had several requests from our customers to offer these services especially for trustee services. It should be noted that most transactions requiring trustee services, in Sri Lanka, originates from within the NDB group through its investment banking, project financing and wealth management arms. So its natural extension of services was to improve transactional efficiency for the customer.”
Naveen Lekamge commenting on the introduction of the “Custody and Trustee Service” Business indicated that it enables NDB to offer easy access to the capital markets specially in terms of dealing with the stock market , government securities, corporate actions etc… for its vast clientele. “While currently, use of custody services by retail customer is not so prevalent in Sri Lanka, unlike in countries such as India, we intend to extend the convenience of this offering to retail customers who can then have a unified view of their entire portfolio on their palm and have the freedom to deal through any broker of their choice with ease.”
NDB recognizes that the safekeeping of financial assets is an important concern for today's investors and also the new generation investor seek convenience of hassle free investing. Therefore, by commencing Custody and Trustee Services NDB seeks to provide a one-stop shop for all its customers to enjoy the services of conventional banking facilities along with the simplicity of access to the capital markets and ancillary services such as margin trading and fund accounting. NDB’s One NDB account gives the customer the ability to view their portfolios they hold with NDB Wealth and NDB Securities alongside their accounts with NDB on the NEOS App. In future the app will be enhanced to cover the portfolio under custody as well.
NDB Bank was recently named the Best Bank in Sri Lanka by Euromoney, making it the third major award received from the world’s most prestigious publications in financial services – Euromoney, Global Finance and The Banker. This win for NDB comes in the light of being named the “Most Awarded Corporate 2021” as per LMD ranking. The Bank was also recently named one of the “Top 50 Best Workplaces in Sri Lanka 2022” by Great Place Work, USA. NDB is the 4th largest listed bank in Sri Lanka and the parent company of the NDB Group. The only financial services group in Sri Lanka, NDB Group is uniquely positioned towards assisting the growth and development of the Sri Lankan financial market to provide its customers seamless access to the product and service offerings of all its group companies.