Banco de Chile

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Banco de Chile.
Type Sociedad Anónima
Traded as BCS: CHILE
NYSEBCH
BMADXBCH
Industry Banking
Founded 1893
Headquarters Santiago, Chile
Key people

Pablo Granifo Lavín, (Chairman) Andrónico Luksic Craig (Vicepresident)

Francisco Aristeguieta Silva (Vicepresident)
Revenue Increase US$ 2.4 billion (2012)
Net income Increase US$ 970.9 million (2012)
Total assets Increase US$ 51.4 billion (2013)
Owner(s) Quiñenco (29%)
Citigroup (29%)
Employees 14,581
Subsidiaries SM-Chile
Website www.bancochile.cl

Banco de Chile (Bank of Chile), is a Chilean bank and financial services company with headquarters in Santiago. It is a commercial bank that provides a complete range of financial services to a client base, which includes large corporations, SMEs and private clients. As of December 31, 2012, Banco de Chile has a national network of 434 branches, 1,915 ATMs and other electronic channels of distribution.[1]

According to 2013 year end figures, it is the second biggest banking group in Chile by total assets, behind Banco Santander-Chile and ahead of BBVA Chile and has a market share of 19% in terms of loans. It is biggest bank in the country by total earnings (USD 978 million).[2] Since 2008 it has been jointly owned by the Chilean conglomerate Quiñenco group and US bank Citigroup.

Operations are organized around six main commercial divisions: large corporations, SMEs, private clients, consumer finance, international banking and capital markets. Additionally, subsidiaries offer securitization, securities brokerage, mutual investment and bottomry, insurance and factoring, among others. Outside Chile, the Bank has had a branch in New York for more than 20 years and has branches in Miami, São Paulo, Buenos Aires, Mexico City and Hong Kong to providing international services.

History[edit]

Founded on 28 October 1893 by the merger of the Valparaiso Bank (1855), National Bank of Chile (1865) and Agriculturist Bank (1869), Banco de Chile has traditionally led the Chilean financial market as one of the largest banks in terms of turnover and deposits.[citation needed]

In 2001, the Chile conglomerate Quiñenco group bought 59.3% share of the company through the subsidiary company LQIF and took control of the bank.[citation needed]In 2008 Citigroup agreed with Quiñenco to take a 32.96% stake in LQIF and merged Citigroup Chile operations with Banco de Chile.[citation needed] In April 2010, Citigroup exercised its two outstanding options and increased its share in LQIF to 50%.[citation needed]

On December 9, 2004, Banco de Chile became the first Chilean financial institution to operate in the Asian markets, after closing a co-operation agreement with Standard Chartered Bank.[citation needed]

Controversies[edit]

US money Laundering[edit]

In 2005 the US Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) removed the General Manager of Banco de Chile - New York from the United States banking industry and imposed a $200,000 civil money penalty against the individual for engaging in unsafe banking practices, related to his involvement in accounts owned or controlled by the prominent politically exposed person and his associates. In addition, Banco de Chile New York and Banco de Chile-Miami failed to timely respond to widely publicized reports of alleged criminal activity by this high-profile Chilean politically exposed person (PEP) and failed to gather and analyze information from applicable accounts in order to assess the potential for suspicious activity. The OCC issued a Cease and Desist order against Banco de Chile for Bank Secrecy Act violations. The US Financial Crimes Enforcement Network also levied a $3 million penalty on Banco de Chile for not identifying, monitoring and reporting suspicious activity related to a Chilean politically exposed person, his family and associates doing business in its New York and Miami branches. The high profile Chilean PEP was confirmed to be Augusto Pinochet, the retired former president of the country who came to power in a military coup.[3]

Pinochet funds[edit]

In 2009 Banco de Chile was one of four banks sued by the Chilean government for negligently or deliberately helping former dictator Augusto Pinochet hide $26 million in stolen funds. The other banks were PNC Financial Services Group Inc., Banco Santander, Espirito Santo Bank. "The Chilean government may have chosen to go after the four banks specifically because the documented evidence of negligence or willful blindness was stronger," said Michael Diaz, managing partner with law firm Diaz Reus & Targ LLP in Miami, adding that the other institutions may be “on the periphery of liability.” [4]

Divisions[edit]

The divisions of the Bank of Chile Group are:

  • Banco Edwards
  • Banco CrediChile
  • BanChile Corredores de Bolsa
  • BanChile Seguros

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