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Scotiabank completes sale of its pension and related insurance operations in the Dominican Republic to Grupo Rizek

TORONTO and SANTO DOMINGO, May 1, 2019 /CNW/ - Scotiabank announced today that it has completed the previously reported sale of Scotia Crecer AFP and Scotia Seguros, its pension and related insurance businesses in the Dominican Republic, to Grupo Rizek.

Grupo Rizek is one of the largest and most prominent diversified business groups in the Dominican Republic with a long-standing reputation in agribusiness and the financial services industry.

"We are pleased and proud to have completed this transaction with Scotiabank's team, during which we were able to confirm that the Bank employs the best financial practices and adheres to the highest local and international standards. We continue to stand behind our commitment to work responsibly, efficiently and rigorously for the benefit of the Dominican economy," said Héctor José Rizek Sued, Grupo Rizek representative. 

"With the closing of this transaction, we have completed one more phase in the optimization of our international footprint. Our continued focus is on our key markets and businesses in the Pacific Alliance countries, the Caribbean and Central America, where we can achieve greater scale and deliver the best value for our customers," added Nacho Deschamps, Group Head of International Banking and Digital Transformation at Scotiabank.

About Scotiabank

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Grupo Rizek

Grupo Rizek is one of the largest and most prominent diversified business groups in the Dominican Republic with a strong presence and reputation in the agribusiness, energy and financial services industries. Grupo Rizek has a family legacy that dates back to 1887, when the Rizek family moved to the Dominican Republic, and to 1905 when the family started growing, processing and exporting cocoa. Over the years, Grupo Rizek has diversified, first into financial services, and more recently, into the energy and tourism sectors, key for the growing Dominican economy.

For media enquiries only:

Grupo Rizek

Héctor José Rizek Guerrero
PH: (809)289-7336 ext. 2080

Annie Cuerrier
Global Communications
PH: (437) 236-9693

Janira Walton de Mejia 
International Banking Communications
PH: (437) 221-9672

For investor enquiries only:
Philip Smith
Investor Relations, Scotiabank
PH: (416) 863-2866

SOURCE Scotiabank

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