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  • 1921
      Fransabank was first established in Beirut as a full branch of one of the then major French banks, Crédit Foncier d'Algérie et de Tunisie (C.F.A.T.).

      Fransabank is registered n° 1 on the list of banks operating in Lebanon indicating that it is the oldest Bank in the country.

  • 1963
    C.F.A.T. changed its name to become Société Centrale de Banque.
  • 1971
    Société Centrale de Banque in Beirut was acquired by Banque Française pour le Moyen-Orient SAL (B.F.M.O.), a Lebanese company whose shares were predominantly owned by Banque Indosuez Group.
  • 1980
    Banque Indosuez sold its shares in Banque Sabbag et Française pour le Moyen-Orient SAL to a financial group headed by Messrs Adnan & Adel Kassar.
  • 1984
      The Bank's denomination was changed to Fransabank SAL.

      Fransabank concluded a cooperation agreement with Crédit Agricole SA – France aiming at establishing closer business relations between the two banks. It led to the participation of Crédit Agricole SA - France in the shareholding of Fransabank SAL and to the joint creation of Fransabank (France) SA in Paris.

  • 1985
    Fransabank acquired the Assets & Liabilities of Chase Manhattan Bank's branches in Beirut.
  • 1993
    Fransabank acquired Banque Tohmé SAL.
  • 1995
    D.E.G. (German Investment and Development Company), an organization that is part of the development cooperation organization of the Federal Republic of Germany, acquired of 5% of the Bank's share capital.
  • 1997
      A private placement of shares took place, pursuant to which 5% of the Bank's shares were sold to Lebanese, Arab and foreign investors.

      The Public Institution for Social Security – Kuwait acquired 2% of the Bank's share capital.

  • 1998
    Fransabank acquired Universal Bank SAL.
  • 2001
      Fransa Invest Bank (FIB), investment banking subsidiary of Fransabank started its operations.

      Fransabank opened its branch in the Damascus free zone in Syria.

  • 2002
    Fransabank acquired United Bank of Saudi & Lebanon SAL.
  • 2003
    Fransabank acquired all the shares of Banque de la Békaa SAL. Subsequently, in 2007, the Bank sold Banque de la Békaa.
  • 2005
    Fransabank became one of the major shareholders (37.054%) of Bank of Beirut & the Arab Countries SAL (BBAC).
  • 2006
      Fransabank launched its operations in Sudan through an associate bank, United Capital Bank.

      Fransabank was the first Lebanese bank to enter the Algerian market with the opening of its new subsidiary Fransabank El Djazaïr SPA.

  • 2007
      Fransabank acquired BLC Bank SAL along with its two subsidiaries, BLC Services SAL and BLC Finance SAL.

      Fransabank concurrently purchased 34% of the share capital of Fransabank (France) SA held by Crédit Agricole SA (bringing its participation in the share capital to 100%), and sold 40% of the share capital of Fransabank (France) SA to Financière Océor, a subsidiary of Groupe Caisse d'Epargne (France), following which the Bank's participation in the share capital of Fransabank (France) SA is 60%.

      Fransabank established a representative office in Tripoli, Libya.

  • 2008
      Fransabank acquired Fransabank OJSC, formerly known as Golden Taler Bank.

      Fransabank issued its Series A preferred shares for USD 100 million in Tier 1 capital.

  • 2009
    Fransabank became operational in Syria through its subsidiary, Fransabank Syria SA.
  • 2010
      Fransabank issued its Series A preferred shares for USD 85 million in Tier 1 capital.

      BLC Bank SAL acquired 9.9% of USB Bank PLC – Cyprus and increased this share to become 94% in February 2011.

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