Banco de la Nación Argentina
|Headquarters||Buenos Aires, Argentina|
|Key people||Juan Carlos Fabrega, President|
|Revenue||US$ 5.1 billion (9/2010-2011)|
|Net income||US$1.1 billion (9/2010-2011)|
|Total assets||US$ 36.7 billion (12/2011)|
The bank was founded on October 18, 1891, by President Carlos Pellegrini by way of stabilizing the nation's finances following the Panic of 1890; its first director was Vicente Casares. It became a leading source of finance for agricultural smallholders in its early decades, and later for commercial and industrial businesses, as well as handling an array of public sector transactions. The bank's reputation suffered after it was revealed that bribes had been received by the board of directors in 1994 when contacting IBM for the supply of computers, software, and communication equipment, becoming a prominent political scandal at the time.
Long a significant supplier of domestic lending in a credit-tight economy, the National Bank attempted, with only partial success, to revive the local credit market during the tenure of Gabriela Ciganotto, who stated the main goal of the BNA in her inauguration speech in 2006 as "putting [the bank] at the service of production, especially small and medium businesses, and not of speculation." 
Its headquarters in the San Nicolás section of Buenos Aires are located on a site previously occupied by the first building to house the Teatro Colón. This theater was acquired by the national government in 1888 for use as the new bank's headquarters, and was remodeled in 1910 by Adolfo Büttner. Alejandro Bustillo presented a new design in 1938 for a larger building in a revivalist French neoclassical style; these new headquarters were built on the same site in two stages between 1940 and 1955. The nearly 100,000 m² (1,076,000 ft²) headquarters is also home to the Alejandro Bustillo Art Gallery, established in 1971, as well as a Historic and Numismatic Museum.
The bank maintains 624 branches throughout Argentina, and overseas branches in around 15 countries (Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia; Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, Brazil; Georgetown, Cayman Islands; Santiago, Chile; Paris; Tokyo; Panama City; Asunción, Paraguay; Madrid; London; New York City and Miami; Montevideo, Uruguay; and Caracas, Venezuela), along with a representative office in Porto Alegre, Brazil. It employs over 16,000 people in Argentina, and more than 200 abroad.
The bank in 2006 ranked 278th in the world in terms of tier one capital (US$ 1.623 billion, or 11% of deposits in December 2006) according to The Banker global survey of top 1000 world banks, a Financial Times publication. Domestically, it has long been Argentina's largest bank; as of December 2011, it maintained 626 branches, US$30 billion in deposits (28% of the domestic total), and a loan portfolio of US$15 billion (20% of the domestic total). Its lending profile is less oriented toward consumer or mortgage lending than other leading banks in Argentina; one third of its outstanding credit is to the public sector and 80% of the remainder is allocated to commercial loans.
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