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Lebanon Finance News

Dedicated to economic and business news on Lebanon, managed by the team of Lebanon Opportunities.

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June 2017

EIB offers $303 million in credit lines to four banks. Funds target SMEs and mid-cap companies

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The European Investment Bank (EIB) has granted credit lines to four local banks with a combined value of 265 million euros ($303 million). The funds will be used to finance small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and mid-cap companies.

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Torbey reelected Chairman of ABL. Salim Sfeir won one seat

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Joseph Torbey has been reelected as Chairman of the Association of Banks (ABL). His team won 11 out of 12 seats of ABL’s Board of Directors.

His rival Salim Sfeir won one seat at the expense of Varouj Nerguizian, Chairman of Emirates Lebanon ….
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Two lists face-off in ABL elections. Sfeir leads a ‘List for Change’ VS. Torbey’s ‘Banking Decision List’

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Salim Sfeir, Chairman of Bank of Beirut, is spearheading a list of eight bankers against the list of four-time Chairman of Association of Banks in Lebanon, Joseph Torbey.

With his “List for Change”, Sfeir promised to “carry out a series of re….
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EuroMena buys stake in Moroccan retailer. Two funds will be launched within six months

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Beirut-based EuroMena Funds has acquired a seven percent stake in Retail Holding, a Morocco-based diversified retail group for a total of 220 million Moroccan dirhams ($22.5 million), according to the Casablanca Stock Exchange.

Retail Holding….
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$3.2 million for UK-Lebanon Tech Hub. Fund provided by BDL

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Nicolas Sehnaoui, Chairman of the UKLTH, announced a fund of $3.5 million as an investment for the UK-Lebanon Tech Hub (UKLTH). The fund is being provided by the Central Bank (BDL). The amount matches the $2.5 million investment provided by the Brit….
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GroupMed mulls selling shares in IPO. Khawaja completes acquisition of 42.2 percent stake

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GroupMed Holding, the owner of Bankmed, is considering launching an Initial Public Offering (IPO) of its shares in the near future, said Alaa Al Khawaja, a new shareholder in the company.

Khawaja said that his acquisition of 42.24 percent sta….
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BLOM redeems $200 million shares. Bank converts $27 million earnings into equity

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BLOM Bank said it has redeemed and canceled 20 million preferred shares by buying them back at their issue price of $10 per share.

This operation has resulted in a decrease of $200 million in the bank’s total shareholder’s equity, which stoo….
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Shaker Holdings exits BLOM Bank for $69.8 million. Main stake bought by other shareholders

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Shaker Holdings has sold the remainder of its stake in BLOM Bank consisting of 6.5 million common shares to Banorabe S.A. and BLOM Bank itself for a total of $69.8 million. Each share was sold for $10.7, BLOM Bank said in a statement.

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