Major names in Amsterdam
The Amsterdam Area has a rich heritage as a financial centre. It was home to the world’s first central bank and stock exchange during the Golden Age and it has maintained its importance over the centuries. These days it’s home to approximately 50 international banking chains (including the biggest brands from Asia, Europe and North America, such as ICBC, Deutsche Bank, Royal Bank of Scotland, Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ and Citibank), more than 20 major insurance companies and it is one of the world’s largest trading centres for derivatives. And, of course, the Amsterdam Stock Exchange, which was established in 1602, is still going strong in the heart of the city centre, presently managed by Euronext Amsterdam.
Surprising career tangents
Of course, Financial & Business Services is a dynamic sector and not just about working for the world’s biggest banking chains. The combination of accountancy firms, insurance companies and pension funds that are based in the region help to power economic growth across all major industries, so your expertise can fuel success in many surprising ways – from financing in fashion to changing the world with a biomedical company.
Amsterdam’s business districts
Much of the financial action happens in the Zuidas, a modern, evolving business district south of the city, mixing glass office towers with leisure and retail facilities. A number of other professional business districts are positioned around the periphery of the old city, all next to major motorways and transport hubs. As such, you can usually venture from the office to the city centre in 15 minutes or less, while Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is rarely more than 15 minutes away by train – ideal for business meetings or a weekend away in Europe. And many financial professionals do also work in the city centre, notably cycling through town in complete business attire – as is customary in this city.
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