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Banesco Banco Universal S.A.
Traded as BVC: BBC
Industry Finance and Insurance
Founded 1992 (1992)
Headquarters Caracas, Venezuela
Key people
Juan Carlos Escotet (Chairman)
Miguel Angel Marcano (CEO)
Products Banking
Number of employees
Entrance of Ciudad Banesco.

Banesco is a bank based in Venezuela. As of 2008, it was the country's largest bank, with a market share of 14.2%.[1] It has 440 branches in all parts of Venezuela.

The primary competitors are the Banco Mercantil (Merchant Bank), Banco Occidental de Descuento (Western Discount Bank), Banco de Venezuela (Bank of Venezuela) and the BBVA Banco Provincial (Provincial Bank); all these banks including Banesco form the upper stratum of the Bank Ranking of Superintendent of the Institutions of the Banking Sector of Venezuela (SUDEBAN).

The financial group also includes an insurance, and consumer banking division. The bank is a member of the Banking Association of Venezuela and their mascot is Baneskín "El Pana de Ahorro" (The Savings 'Buddy'). Banesco's Caracas headquarters, Ciudad Banesco, at 65,000 m², is Latin America's largest bank headquarters.


Banesco is one of the first Venezuelan banks holding only Venezuelan capital. It was founded in 1977 as the Banco Agroindustrial Venezolano (Venezuelan Agroindustrial Bank), until it changed its name to Banco Financiero (Financial Bank) in 1987. In 1992, after changing their name to Bancentro, the bank was acquired by the Banesco Financial Organization, the banking division came to dominate the company and was combined with the other divisions to form a banco universal (universal bank) (i.e. a bank that competes in all banking sectors like commercial banking, investment banking, lending, etc.).


Directors Board of Banesco[2] is formed by:

  • Chairman Directors Board: Juan Carlos Escotet Rodríguez
  • Executive Chairman: Miguel Ángel Marcano
  • Director: Oscar Doval García
  • Director: Sergio Mateo Saggese Ciammino
  • Director: Vicente Llatas Salvador
  • Director: Emilio Durán Ceballos
  • Director: José Grasso Vecchio[3]

Subsidiaries of Grupo Banesco[edit]

Seat of Seguros Banesco.

The following firms are part of Banesco Grupo Financiero Internacional:


On 17 November 2015, Panamanian politician and lawyer Guillermo Cochez filed a complaint to Panama's Public Ministry against then head of Venezuela's National Assembly, Diosdado Cabello, for possibly laundering money at Banesco and for accepting bribes millions of dollars of bribes from Derwick Associates.[4]

In December 2015 following controversial investigations surrounding laundered drug money performed by the Bal Harbour Police Department and Glades County Police without the cooperation of the United States Department of Justice, a report from The Miami Herald revealed that much of the drug money was ultimately funneled from multiple banks into Banesco, with some of the largest payments wired to the bank. It was found that William Amaro Sanchez, a secretary and longtime friend of President of Venezuela Nicolás Maduro that was described "as Maduro’s right-hand-man", had over $200,000 of the drug money transferred to his account. Juan Carlos Escort, head of Banesco, denied the allegations, although unnamed Banesco employees assured The Miami Herald that it was Amaro's account by providing information that included his account number, full name and Venezuelan government identification number.[5][6]

Following such revelations, Guillermo Cochez once again called on Panama's Public Ministry to investigate accounts in Banesco related to the Venezuelan government, including accounts belonging to Willam Amaro Sanchez and also possible accounts belonging to relatives of President Maduro's wife, Cilia Flores. After Flores' nephews were arrested by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration, it was discovered that one arrested nephew, Efraín Campo Flores, owned a Panamanian company, with Cilia Flores and other relatives belonging to the company's board of directors.[7]