Lebanon Finance News

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Central Bank to banks: Know your real client. Central Bank’s decision is pa rt of anti-money laundering compliance. News from Lebanon


The Central Bank (BDL) has issued a circular instructing banks and financial entities to identify the ultimate owners or controllers, technically called ’beneficial owners’, of their institutional and individual clients.

They must also open ….
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Finance Bank under investigation. Problems to be solved within months. News from Lebanon


The Higher Banking Commission, which is the judicial arm of the Central Bank (BDL), has instructed the newly appointed general manager of Finance Bank to investigate suspected wrongdoing at the bank and to prepare a recovery plan.

The Commiss….
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Financial crimes on the rise 597 cases reported. Embezzlement is the most reported crime. News from Lebanon


The number of money laundering and terrorism financing crimes reported to the Central Bank’s Special Investigation Commission (SIC) increased 27 percent to 597 cases in 2017.

Nearly 80 percent of the cases were reported by local entities with….
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Banks required to submit strategic plans. To be submitted regularly to Banking Control Commission. News from Lebanon


The Central Bank’s Banking Control Commission (BCCL) has asked all banks to prepare strategic plans and related action plans, according to BCCL’s circular no 292.

The banks must update these plans at least once a year and when needed. They sh….
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Banks barred from insurance. Brokers are likely to benefit most. News from Lebanon


The Central Bank (BDL) has instructed banks and financial institutions not to engage in insurance or reinsurance activities or market and advertise insurance contracts.

Insurance companies owned by banks can continue their business operation….
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Moneylenders to get same training as bankers. Central Bank circular regulatin g further ‘Comptoirs de crédit’


The Central Bank (BDL) has issued a new regulation requiring certain executives in moneylending businesses to have qualifications similar to those required by people holding comparable jobs in banks and financial institutions. The prerequisites pert….
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470 financial crimes reported Special Investigation Comm.. Cases of terrorism financing up 70 percent


The Central Bank’s Special Investigation Commission (SIC) said it received 470 cases related to financial crimes last year, up nine percent compared with 2015.

The number of crimes reported by local sources totaled 363. The remaining 107 case….
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Moneylenders and NGOs added to watchlist categories. Central Bank tightens noose around money launderers


The Central Bank (BDL) has added three categories of customers to the list of clients that banks and financial institutions should classify according to their risk for money laundering and terrorist financing.

BDL’s intermediate circular 421 ….
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Prepaid cards, bearer shares prohibited by Central Bank. In effort to combat money laundering


The Central Bank (BDL) has issued a ruling prohibiting banks from issuing or marketing prepaid cards. The decision also applies to other institutions that issue credit and loyalty cards.

The move is part of BDL’s efforts to combat money laund….
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