Bank Saderat Iran

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Bank Saderat Iran
Type Public
Traded as TSE: BSDR1
Industry Financial services
Founded 1952
Headquarters Tehran, Iran
Area served Middle East
Key people Mohammad Reza Pishro (CEO)
Dr.ghorbane Daniali(Chairman)
Products Finance and Insurance
Retail banking
Commercial banking
Investment banking
Investment management
Private Equity
Private banking
Credit cards
Revenue Increase US$ 6.1 billion (2011)[1]
Total assets Increase US$ 49.8 billion (2011)[2]
Employees 29,379 [3]

Bank Saderat Iran (BSI, Persian: بانک صادرات ایران‎, lit. The Export Bank of Iran) is an Iranian Bank. Bank Saderat Iran was founded by the prominent Mofarrah and Bolurfrushan families, commenced operation on 13 November 1952 with a board of three directors and 20 employees. It quickly became the largest privately owned bank in the region with branches in Hamburg, Paris, London and New York. As of 2006, it operates 3,248 branches and has over 30,000 employees.[4] Saderat Bank of Iran is one of the largest banks in the Middle East. Saderat Bank of Iran has 28 international branches and services in 12 countries:[citation needed]

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On 7 June 1979, after the Iranian Revolution, all Iranian private banks were nationalized, quite to the dismay of the founding families, and became state-owned. In 1980, branches and sub-branches of BSI in the Iranian provinces were turned into independent banks, named Bank Saderat Ostan (province). Today, BSI has 29 owned provincial bank subsidiaries and over 200 affiliated companies, supervised by Ghadir Investment Company. Iranian banks are administered on the basis of a law passed by the Islamic Revolution Council on 25 September 1979, and the provisions of its Articles of Association.

According to the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Bank Saderat is used by the Government of Iran to transfer money to what the U.S.-designated terrorist organizations, including Hezbollah, Hamas, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command and Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

Under the current Iranian Transactions Regulations (31 CFR Part 560), U.S. banks may process certain funds transfers involving an Iranian bank, such as transfers for authorized or exempt transactions and "U-turn" transactions. U-turn transactions allow U.S. banks to process payments involving Iran that begin and end with a non-Iranian foreign bank. Bank Saderat will not be able to participate in any transfers involving U.S. banks, effective from the date that the amendment to the regulations is filed with the U.S. Federal Register. By prohibiting U-turn and all other transactions with Bank Saderat, the bank is denied all direct and indirect access to the U.S. financial system.[5][6]

Bank Saderat Iran currently conducts banking in the UAE, handling Iranian trade in and out of Dubai. Bank Saderat's profits are the 3rd highest among foreign Banks within UAE. The bank mainly deals in project financing, letters of credit (LCs) and bank guarantees (demand guarantees), whereas other activities remains less important.

In February 2013, the European General Court in Luxembourg ruled to annul sanctions by the European Union against the bank, stating that the EU "is in breach of the obligation to state reasons and the obligation to disclose to the applicant ... the evidence adduced against it". The EU may appeal the decision.[7]

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  1. ^ Top 100 Iranian Companies
  2. ^ Top 100 Iranian Companies
  3. ^ Top 100 Iranian Companies
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  5. ^ "UPDATE 1-US Treasury tightens banking sanctions on Iran". Reuters. 2008-11-06. 
  6. ^
  7. ^ "EU court rules for second time against Iran bank sanctions". Reuters. 6 February 2013. Retrieved 16 April 2013. 

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