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Banks OK’d to trade in financial instruments. CMA to monitor accounts. News from Lebanon

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The Central Bank (BDL) has reauthorized commercial banks and financial institutions to directly carry out transactions involving financial instruments on behalf of their clients, according to two new BDL circulars.

The new circulars overturn ….
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Fidus to morph into a specialized or private bank. Equity increased to $25 million. News from Lebanon

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Fidus SAL, a subsidiary of Société Générale de Banque au Liban (SGBL), has received preliminary approval from the Central Bank (BDL) to convert into a specialized bank, according to Jean Hanna, the company’s Deputy Genera….
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Berytech Fund invests in Capital Banking Solutions. Company to expand to the Gulf. News from Lebanon

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Berytech Fund II has acquired a stake in software developer Capital Banking Solutions (CBS) for $5 million.

Both parties declined to disclose the new shareholding distribution. Sources close to the deal estimated Berytech’s share to be under….
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Fransabank to lend $150 million for energy. Bank will issue ‘green’ bonds . News from Lebanon

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Fransabank plans to launch a $150 million program to finance local projects in the renewable energy sector and that targets energy efficiency, said Adnan Kassar, the bank’s Chairman. “This is part of Fransabank’s Green Strategy,” he said.

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European Bank, IFC will invest $100 million. Targeting capital markets, bonds, SMEs. News from Lebanon

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This year, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) are preparing to launch investments in the financial sector.

Saad Sabra, IFC Country Head in Lebanon, Syria, and Yemen, said: “….
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Saradar Bank buys half of Vitas microfinance company. Saradar aims to gain a foothold in the microfinance market

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Saradar Bank said it has acquired a 49 percent stake in microfinance company Vitas SAL, a local subsidiary of the US-based Vitas Group. The transaction was valued at around $3.7 million according to a source linked to the transaction. Both Saradar a….
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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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BLC Bank shuts down investment subsidiary. To focus more on commercial banking

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BLC Bank, part of the Fransabank group, has shut down its investment subsidiary, BLC Invest.

The bank said in a statement that it is concentrating on commercial banking activities and for this reason, it has absorbed all of the assets and lia….
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Berytech Fund I exits three companies for $800,000. PayPlug, Active Identity, and Cook & Eat Lebanese

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Berytech Fund I has exited three of its portfolio companies, PayPlug, Active Identity, and Cook & Eat Lebanese, at a combined price of nearly $800,000.

The venture capital fund said it divested itself from PayPlug at three times the initial i….
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