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Banco Espirito Santo, S.A. and American Express Announce New Partnership to Issue Credit Cards in Portugal
LISBON,  December 20, 2011 -- 

Banco Espirito Santo, S.A. and American Express have announced a new partnership that will enable Banco Espirito Santo to issue its own range of American Express-branded credit cards in Portugal.

The new cards issued by Banco Espirito Santo will be designed to meet the financial requirements and lifestyles of its customers and will feature both the Banco Espirito Santo and American Express logos on the front of the cards.

Under the agreement, Banco Espirito Santo will be responsible for creating the products, issuing the cards, overseeing credit management and managing the customer accounts. As one of Portugal's premier banking and financial services institutions, Banco Espirito Santo's partnership with American Express brings together its extensive customer base and local banking expertise together with the strength of the American Express network.

The American Express-branded cards will be accepted on the American Express merchant network in Portugal and around the world.

By partnering with American Express, a prestigious international brand, Banco Espirito Santo will offer its customers access to a new range of compelling offers and services that will be characterized by first-class customer service and outstanding value.

About Banco Espirito Santo
Banco Espirito Santo (BES) is the second largest Portuguese private bank by assets and the largest in market capitalization. With total assets of 102 billion euros, the bank is present in 23 countries on four continents. BES has 2.1 million customers and 803 branches, with 702 branches in Portugal.

About American Express
American Express is a global services company, providing customers with access to products, insights and experiences that enrich lives and build business success. Learn more at and connect with us on, and
Since 1996, American Express has been following its strategy of representation of its merchant network and card product portfolio to third party issuers all over the world. Using its global infrastructure and attractive brand, American Express extended its international network coverage. Currently, American Express has established 139 partner relations in 155 markets of the world. Read more at


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