Schwab, ecorp to Introduce Australia Brokerage
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Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The new brokerage expected to open for business in the first quarter of next year. The new company will offer online trading for Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) trades as well as office-based brokerage services in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Perth.
The venture will initially operate under the banner of ShareTrade Australian Stockbroking, a subsidiary of the newly-created e-corp subsidiary Online Broker Holdings Ltd. Schwab will acquire 50 percent of Online Broker Holdings, but once ShareTrade ramps up to the launch, the brokerage will be renamed Charles Schwab Australia.
Lynnda Sarinske, a senior vice president at Schwab (SCH), will relocate to lead the company as its chief executive officer.
Schwab previously expanded its services to the U.K., Hong Kong, Canada, and Japan, as well as a Spanish language service based in Miami.
ecorp's regional Net interests included the recently launched eBay joint venture for the Australia and New Zealand markets, Microsoft JV portal nineMSN, ticketing company Ticketek, and mortgage service Wizard Mortgage Corp.