Mr Neeson said: “This is good news for the region. Northern Ireland needs high value jobs for our economy to fulfil its potential.
“It is a healthy sign that Belfast can attract financial jobs at a time when the global economy is looking less that buoyant.
“Northern Ireland has the skills and expertise to attract even more high value jobs, but to do so the Executive needs to end segregation here. Societal divisions, and their social and financial costs, are the biggest barriers to economic growth.”