Saxo Bank and Sarwa announce partnership


Collaboration will see Saxo’s investment platform and technology be the backbone of Sarwa’s regional expansion

Steve Weller, Middle East CEO for Saxo Bank

Saxo Bank, the leading fintech and regtech specialist focused on multi-asset trading and investment, has agreed on a strategic partnership with Sarwa, a UAE-based fintech firm and the region’s first online investment advisory platform for young professionals, that will support the local company’s rapid growth across the MENA region.

The partnership utilizes Saxo Bank’s innovative platform and technology, allows Sarwa to add new asset classes to their offering, and provides flexibility to tailor products and services more effectively to clients.

The collaboration will also add efficiency for Sarwa, allowing them to scale significantly in the future, both in terms of increasing their client base and product offering across multiple asset classes.

Steve Weller, Middle East CEO for Saxo Bank said: “We are very proud to sign this agreement and work with Sarwa, a rising regional fintech with great potential for the future. Our joint agreement is a great example of the power of collaboration when two companies bring together their strengths for mutual benefit.

“At Saxo Bank we are always championing the power of partnerships, believing that financial institutions must explore external partnerships to innovate and improve the customer experience as digital consumption continues its rapid increase. This agreement with Sarwa is a perfect example of the win-win nature of partnerships and I expect we will see more such collaborations across the MENA financial services arena as digitisation increases.”

Mark Chahwan, co-founder and CEO of Sarwa said: “We chose to enter this partnership with Saxo Bank as we have been on a positive and fast-paced growth trajectory since our platform launch in Feb 2018. We understood the need for a partner that could help us to scale the business in a seamless matter and enable us to provide more services and products for our clients as we expand into new markets.

“Saxo Bank stood out in our evaluations based on the cutting-edge technology, regulatory framework and OpenAPI functionality as well as technical support and intangibles such as consumer trust and experience. As Sarwa continues to evolve and grow, we see the need for a partner that supports us on our journey and expansion into new markets. We are very happy to be working with such a dedicated and professional team.”

Saxo Bank, which supports more than 120 White Label partnerships globally, offers a range of partnership options to more than 300 financial intermediaries, off-the-shelf solutions, and tailored outcomes to support institutional clients in the financial services sector on their growth path. Through its unique trading and investment technology, Saxo Bank facilitates access to more than 35,000 financial instruments across multiple asset classes.

About The Saxo Bank Group:

The Saxo Bank Group is a leading fintech specialist that connects people to investment opportunities in global capital markets. As a global leader in multi-asset trading and investment, Saxo’s vision is to enable people to fulfill their financial aspirations and make an impact. 

Founded in Copenhagen in 1992, Saxo was one of the first financial institutions to develop online trading platforms that offer everyday investors  the same tools and market access as professional traders, large institutions, and fund managers. As the most innovative and best choice for clients, Saxo offers broad access to global capital markets across asset classes, where they can trade more than 40,000 instruments in over 20 languages from one single margin account. The Saxo Bank Group also powers more than 120 financial institutions as partners by boosting the investment experience they can offer their clients via its open banking technology. Whether it’s through their investments or the outcome of their investments, Saxo gives clients and partners the tools, platforms and knowledge to make an impact.

The Saxo Bank Group holds four banking licenses and is well regulated globally. With client assets totaling more than 45 billion Euros, Saxo is a global company with local presence, employing more than 2,100 people in financial centres across the world, including London, Singapore, Amsterdam, Zurich, Dubai, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Tokyo.