Miriam van Dongen has been appointed as a member of the Supervisory Board of Achmea Bank as of 21 December 2020. She will succeed Jan Molenaar, who cannot be reappointed after his third term. as a member of the Supervisory Board of Achmea
Miriam van Dongen has extensive experience in the financial sector. As a professional supervisory director she has been associated with PGGM, Optiver and, since this spring, also with Achmea B.V. Miriam van Dongen studied Business Economics at Tilburg University.
Miriam van Dongen's appointment is for a period of four years and has been approved by De Nederlandsche Bank. The current members of Achmea Bank’s Supervisory Board are: Huub Arendse (chairman), Henny te Beest, Miriam van Dongen and Robert Otto.
On 1 November 2020, Achmea Bank acquired a portfolio of Dutch residential mortgages from BinckBank, part of the Saxo Bank Group. The acquisition of this portfolio, with a size of approximately € 460 million, underlines Achmea’s ambition to grow in mortgages.
In recent years, this mortgage portfolio has been originated for the benefit of BinckBank, under the label ‘bijBouwe’ of mortgage provider Dynamic Credit. The portfolio that has been acquired is a so-called closed book, meaning that no new mortgages will be originated although interest rate resets and further advances will be offered. Consequently, the transaction will not affect the borrowers in the mortgage portfolio. Achmea Bank is taking the place of BinckBank as the investor on the Dynamic Credit platform. This acquisition is in line with Achmea Bank’s strategy of focusing on growth and scale.
Dynamic Credit uses Quion, one of the largest independent third-party service providers in the Netherlands, to service the mortgages. Achmea Bank also works with Quion.
Overall, the mortgage portfolios of all Achmea’s brands (Centraal Beheer, Woonfonds, Syntrus Achmea, Attens and Tellius) were some € 28 billion at the end of June 2020. Over the next few years, Achmea wants to further expand its share in the mortgage market.
Achmea Bank is joining the Achmea Mortgages Investment Platform of Syntrus Achmea Real Estate & Finance. This platform is a separate account for mortgages which allows institutional investors to build their own Dutch residential mortgage portfolio with the risk profile they desire. These mortgages are marketed under the Centraal Beheer brand. Achmea Bank N.V. and Achmea Pension & Life N.V. are the first investors in this platform.
The introduction of the Achmea Mortgages Investment Platform is another step forward for Achmea in the previously announced process of combining its mortgage activities. As of 1 October 2020, Achmea's mortgage activities have largely been placed with Syntrus Achmea. In addition to Centraal Beheer, Achmea's new mortgage company also works for the Attens, Woonfonds, Tellius and Syntrus Achmea brands.
The mortgage portfolio of all Achmea labels together amounted to approximately 28 billion euros at the end of June 2020. By joining forces of its mortgage activities and the introduction of the Achmea Mortgages Investment Platform, Achmea aims to increase its market share in the mortgage market in the coming years.
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