Global Bank reported on Monday, December 10 today that it has formalized the $245 million acquisition of 99.97 percent of the Banvivienda entity, which will allow it to consolidate as one of the main banks of private capital of Panama.
“With the approval of this agreement by the regulators, we validated the announcement made in mid-September, reaffirming our vision of promoting the country’s economic development and implementing strategies that allow the growth of the local financial market,” said bank president explained. Jorge Vallarino.
The merger of both entities, he added the manager, “will allow greater customer acquisition, offer a better service, create new opportunities for growth and development for employees of both banks.”
With the transaction, Global Bank incorporates more than $1,8 billion in assets, more than 39,000 clients and a network of 11 branches that will add to the 6,500 billion in assets, more than 165,000 clients and 35 branches with which the bank now has, which began operations in 1994, according to the statement.
“Banvivienda will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Global Bank.” Banvivienda’s clients, until further notice, will continue to be banked in the Banvivienda network, which includes its online banking platform, 11 branches and 23 ATMs throughout the country.
The banking center of Panama has almost a hundred national and foreign institutions and represents about 10 percent of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP).