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Deutsche's DWS to buy stake in Dubai-based digital investment firm

FILE PHOTO: The logo of Deutsche Bank's asset management unit DWS is pictured at the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, Germany March 23, 2018. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

DUBAI (Reuters) - DWS Group (DWSG.DE), Deutsche Bank's (DBKGn.DE) asset manager, has entered into a binding agreement to acquire an equity stake of 15 percent in Dubai-based Neo Technologies, the companies said on Sunday.

The deal comes as Dubai and other cities across the Gulf region compete to establish themselves as regional powerhouses in financial technology or fintech.

Under the agreement, DWS Group - which as of the end of September had 692 billion euros (607.39 billion pounds) worth of assets under management - and Neo Technologies will form a partnership to collaborate on the development and expansion of digital asset management services in the Middle East and North Africa region, they said.

The value of the transaction was not disclosed.

"NEO Technologies enables DWS to obtain further presence in a region with high growth rates in asset management," Thorsten Michalik, co-head of DWS' global coverage group, said in a statement.

Neo Technologies provides technology and consulting services to businesses developing digital asset management services.

Together with Kuwait's NBK Capital it has launched Kuwait's first digital investment service, called NBK Capital SmartWealth.

(Reporting by Davide Barbuscia; Writing by Tom Arnold; Editing by Gareth Jones)