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Two Lebanese Banks Target Iraq

By John Lee. Lebanon's biggest bank, Bank Audi, plans to enter the Iraqi market late next year. Chief Executive Samir Hanna (pictured) told Reuters that its new Iraqi operation will be a subsidiary of its Turkish business, which it launched in October and which is trading "more than 50 percent ahead" of the bank's target. […]

Qatar National Bank Takes Over Iraq's Al-Mansour

By John Lee. Qatar National Bank (QNB) has announced that it has taken control of Iraq's Al-Mansour Investment Bank. It acquired an additional 27.7 percent shareholding for a cash payment of QR425.4 million, bringing its interest in the bank to 50.8 percent. The company said that goodwill of QR117.6 million has been determined on acquisition […]

Path Solutions Implements Islamic Banking Solution at Cihan

Path Solutions has announced the successful go live of iMAL at Cihan Bank, Erbil. Cihan, the first privately owned bank in Kurdistan first partnered with Path Solutions in October 2009 on this multi-lingual, multi-currency and multi-channel implementation. Specifically in this deployment, Path Solutions implemented the following scope in line with the bank’s expectations: Retail Financing, […]

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Dar Es Salaam Sells Insurance Unit

Dar Es Salaam Investment Bank, a 70.1% owned subsidiary of HSBC Asia Holdings BV, has sold its 19.465% equity interest in Iraqi insurance company Dar Es Salaam Insurance to Gulf Insurance Company for a cash consideration of IQD1.557bn (approximately US$1.33m). The sale took place on 18 December 2011 and represents the disposal of a non-core […]

Bankers Flock to Iraq Despite Dangers

According to a report in the Financial Times, violence is not deterring investment bankers hungry for potentially lucrative deals in Iraq. Over the past year, a trickle of visits from intrepid bankers has turned into a steady stream of senior executives from some of the world's largest financial institutions. "The international banks can smell the […]

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Standard Chartered in Talks to Buy Warka Bank

London-based Standard Chartered Bank has been in talks for the past 3-4 months to buy a stake in Warka Bank, one of Iraq's biggest private banks, a central bank official said on Monday. Hassan al-Haidari, a central bank advisor, told Reuters: "They (Standard Chartered) wanted more than 50 percent but they (Warka) wanted (to give) […]

Iraqi Banks Too Small for Major Projects

Iraqi banks are too small to be useful to international companies, resulting in major investment projects being impeded, Iraqi Electricity Ministry Spokesman Musab al-Mudarres told AKnews on Tuesday. “Iraqi banks cannot provide financial guarantees to foreign companies because their capital is below the guarantees expected by corporations", he said. "The Ministry of Electricity has submitted […]

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Iraqi Banks Urged to Merge

Abdul Hussein Al-Anbuge, an Iraqi government economic adviser, has urged the country's private lenders to merge in order to strengthen their capital and provide stronger support to the banking sector, AK News has reported. The total capital of Iraqi private banks rose from $30m in 2004 to $1.6bn now, not including what is owned by […]

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