HSBC Bank (Panama)
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|Type||Subsidiary of HSBC Holdings plc|
|Industry||Finance and Insurance|
|Headquarters||Panama City, Panama|
|Key people||Guillermo Savignano, CEO|
HSBC Bank (Panama) S.A. is a subsidiary of HSBC Holdings plc headquartered in Panama City, Panama. The bank provides Personal banking, Corporate banking and Treasury services to Panama. In 2013 Bancolombia Group acquired HSBC Panama and Renamed Banistmo.
The HSBC Group has been operating in Panama since 1972, when The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation opened the representative office in Panama City that year. Approval to operate as a licensed banking institution in Panama City was granted in 1973 and in the Colón Free Trade Zone in 1993.
HSBC Bank (Panama) was incorporated on 1999, consistent with the HSBC Group's strategy of creating the global brand, HSBC. In 2000, HSBC acquired the banking operations of Chase Manhattan Bank in Panama. In 2005, HSBC acquired the group of companies trading under the brand name Financomer, which entered the personal lending market in Panama in 1986.
In November 2006, HSBC acquired Grupo Banistmo, the leading banking group in Central America and gave HSBC access to new markets, with offices in Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua. The merger of HSBC Bank (Panama) and Grupo Banistmo was successfully completed in 2007. But the subsidiary of Grupo Banistmo, Primer Banco del Istmo, was retained until it mergered into HSBC Bank (Panama) in 2009.
HSBC Bank (Panama) of today is the biggest bank in Panama as measured by deposits.
Central America banking
Banco HSBC (Costa Rica) S.A. operates around 40 branches throughout the major cities. HSBC entered Costa Rica in the summer of 2007; it was introduced under the promotional campaign "HSBC is the new name of BANEX". HSBC acquired Banex and has assumed operations in all of its branches. Banco Nacional de Costa Rica (BNCR) and BAC San Jose (Grupo BAC) is HSBC's largest competitor in the market.
HSBC Colombia S.A. acquired as part of the purchase of Grupo Banistmo SA in 2006.
Banistmo purchased the HSBC Panama in 2013. None of their systems work, it is a nightmare beyond anything anyone in the US could ever imagine. Literally it is possible to call them 200 times, without ever getting a human being on the phone to help. This goes for Private clients as well. They do not have a wire transfer system to US banks, but require a 'token" which has to be mailed to the customer in the US in order to transfer money online. But they ran out of tokens, and possibly will get another batch soon (as of May 2014). Avoid this bank at all costs.
- HSBC Bank (Panama) website
- HSBC Panama was sold to Bancolombia and operated under the name "Banistmo"