FBME Financial institution was an international industrial bank. It provided business financial product and services to business and private customers. Its traditional financial lines included worldwide settlement solutions, multi-currency account, credit centres, trade financing, forex trading facilities, internet banking and also international card solutions. FBME services clients worldwide.
The bank was started in 1952 in Lebanon, as the Federal Bank of Lebanon SAL. In 1982 Federal Financial institution of the Center East was developed in Cyprus as a subsidiary of the Federal Financial Institution of Lebanon SAL. In 1986 Federal Financial institution of the Middle East changed its nation of consolidation to the Cayman Islands and also its financial existence in Cyprus was transformed to that of a branch of the Cayman Islands entity. Because 1993 it has kept an Agent Workplace in Moscow.
In 2003, as a component of its calculated planning, Federal Bank of the Center East ended its financial existence in the Cayman Islands and also developed its moms and dad firm and functional head office in Tanzania. At the very same time, its Cyprus operations ended up being a branch of Federal Bank of the Middle East, Tanzania.
In 2005 the Federal Bank of the Middle East Changed its name to FBME Bank. FBME Card Solutions Limited (FBMECS) was incorporated in 2002 as well as in 2004/5 took control of the Card Services procedures of FBME Financial institution.
In 2014 the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), a bureau of the USA Division of the Treasury, which accumulates financial transactional data and also details in order to combat residential as well as global cash laundering, terrorist funding, as well as other monetary criminal activities, implicated FBME which runs primarily in Cyprus, of assisting in financial transactions for international organised criminal offense organizations and Hezbollah. The Reserve Bank of Cyprus took over monitoring of the financial institution as well as selected Mr. Dinos Christofides as manager, who was later replaced by Andrew Andronicou and after that the last replaced by Chris Iacovides.
In Might 2015, the International Chamber of Commerce’s Arbitral Tribunal gotten in touch with Cypriot financial authorities to abstain from taking any actions that would certainly ruin the irrevocably business of FBME Bank Cyprus pending the conclusion of adjudication. The request for Interim Procedures had been submitted by Ayoub-Farid Michel Saab and Fadi Michel Saab, owners of the band as well as complaints in the dispute against the Republic of Cyprus. FBME Financial institution said this verifies Procedural Order No. 1 by welcoming the Republic of Cyprus to refrain from proceeding with the sale or the resolution of FBME Financial institution before completion of this settlement. It puts Cypriot monetary authorities under responsibility to inform any type of further action concerning FBME Bank Cyprus 30 days in advance, which Cyprus could not act in isolation and also place all interested events before a fait accompli. Further, FBME, the Arbitral Tribunal which Messrs. Saab, owners, will be in a position to respond before a choice is last, as well as have an opportunity to take all measures and lawsuits that they regard suitable.
The 21st of December 2015, the reserve bank of Cyprus revoked the branch license of FBME Bank in Cyprus. The next step is to activate the DGS and start paying out insurance funds to customers with accounts in Cyprus.