LEVERAGED OPENING: Officials and the children of Standard Chartered Shenzhen staff pull a lever to open Standard Chartered's first personal financial centre in the Special Economic Zone. Pictured (from left) are British Consul-General in Guangzhou Stephen Lillie, Shenzhen vice-mayor Song Hai, Standard Chartered Hong Kong chief executive Peter Wong Tung-shun and the bank's China chief executive Stanley Wong. Standard Chartered is exploring the feasibility of expanding its back-office processing functions in Shenzhen, Peter Wong said yesterday. He said it was also looking into establishing a call centre on the mainland to support the global bank's call-centre operations at Chennai in India and Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. 'But we are in the early stages of these investigations and we cannot say at this stage where the mainland call centre might be or how many jobs may be transferred to the mainland,' he said. 'Since we set up our representative office in Shenzhen in 1983, Standard Chartered has become one of the biggest foreign banks here,' Mr Wong said. 'Shenzhen has always encouraged our development, and we are committed to expand our business here.' Mr Stanley Wong said the bank would explore opportunities created under the Qualified Foreign Institutional Investors provisions released by the China Securities Regulatory Commission on Wednesday. 'We're in an investigating mode at this stage and have no firm plan to establish an investment company or fund to buy A shares at this stage,' Stanley Wong said.