RF - Alternatifbank



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Business sector:

Financial institutions

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Approval date:

03 Jul 2020



PSD disclosed:

09 Oct 2020

As permitted by paragraph 2.6 of Section III of the Access to Information Policy, disclosure of this PSD was deferred in accordance with paragraph 1.4.4 of the Directive on Access to Information.

Project Description

This project is a part of the Bank's response to the Covid-19 pandemic. To avoid delays to the delivery of this project, the Bank's President granted a deviation from the ordinary timelines for PSD disclosure, as contemplated by Section V of the Directive on Access to Information. Details of the Bank's response to Covid-19, and this deviation, can be found on our website.

Provision of a senior loan of up to USD 25 million in favour of Alternatifbank A.S. ("ALB"). The proceeds of the loan will be channelled by ALB predominantly to private Turkish businesses with a focus on micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs).

Project Objectives

The operation will enable Alternatifbank A.S. to increase the availability of short-term financing predominantly to private MSMEs in Turkey facing liquidity stress due to the Covid-19 crisis.

Transition Impact

ETI score: 60

The main goal of the operation is to ensure resilience and preserve competition in the financial sector. The transition impact of the project will stem from "Resilient" and "Competitive" transition qualities by providing ALB with funding to scale up its lending activities as part of its ongoing growth trajectory and to remain an active and effective market player amid the Covid-19 pandemic crisis.

Client Information


Alternatifbank A.S. ("ALB") is the 18th largest bank in Turkey by asset size, with market share of 0.7% in assets, loans and deposits at YE19. ALB reported total assets of EUR 4.5bn, equity of EUR 0.3bn at YE19. 

ALB is 100% owned by Commercial Bank of Qatar ("CBQ"), the third largest Qatari bank. 

EBRD Finance Summary

USD 25,000,000.00

A senior loan of up to USD 25 million with a tenor of up to 1 year, with option to extend the loan for another 1 year, based on ALB's request but in full discretion of EBRD.

Total Project Cost

USD 25,000,000.00


The project is additional as Covid-19 crisis response. EBRD financing effectively bridges a liquidity gap due to adverse market conditions caused by Covid-19 pandemic and provides a confidence inspiring signal associated with IFI support.

Environmental and Social Summary

Categorised FI (ESP 2019). ALB is an existing client and will be required to continue to comply with EBRD's Performance Requirements (PRs) 2, 4 and 9; and submit Annual Environmental and Social Reports to the Bank. The EBRD's use of proceeds will finance predominantly Turkish MSMEs, for which the overall environmental and social risk level is expected to be low to medium. ALB has adequate capacity to manage the risks arising from such portfolio and will have to make sure to implement the EBRD's Environmental and Social Risk Management Procedures for Micro, SME and Corporate Lending which are applicable to this portfolio.

Technical Cooperation and Grant Financing


Company Contact Information

Ahmet Kinalisoy
+90 212 315 7096
+90 212 233 1500
Vadistanbul Bulvar, Ayazaga Mah. Cendere Cad. No: 109M 2D Blok 34485 Sariyer / Istanbul

PSD last updated

09 Oct 2020

Understanding Transition

Further information regarding the EBRD’s approach to measuring transition impact is available here.

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Environmental and Social Policy (ESP)

The ESP and the associated Performance Requirements (PRs) set out the ways in which the EBRD implements its commitment to promoting “environmentally sound and sustainable development”.  The ESP and the PRs include specific provisions for clients to comply with the applicable requirements of national laws on public information and consultation as well as to establish a grievance mechanism to receive and facilitate resolution of stakeholders’ concerns and grievances, in particular, about environmental and social performance of the client and the project. Proportionate to the nature and scale of a project’s environmental and social risks and impacts, the EBRD additionally requires its clients to disclose information, as appropriate, about the risks and impacts arising from projects or to undertake meaningful consultation with stakeholders and consider and respond to their feedback.

More information on the EBRD’s practices in this regard is set out in the ESP.

Integrity and Compliance

The EBRD's Office of the Chief Compliance Officer (OCCO) promotes good governance and ensures that the highest standards of integrity are applied to all activities of the Bank in accordance with international best practice. Integrity due diligence is conducted on all Bank clients to ensure that projects do not present unacceptable integrity or reputational risks to the Bank. The Bank believes that identifying and resolving issues at the project assessment approval stages is the most effective means of ensuring the integrity of Bank transactions. OCCO plays a key role in these protective efforts, and also helps to monitor integrity risks in projects post-investment.

OCCO is also responsible for investigating allegations of fraud, corruption and misconduct in EBRD-financed projects. Anyone, both within or outside the Bank, who suspects fraud or corruption should submit a written report to the Chief Compliance Officer by email to compliance@ebrd.com. All matters reported will be handled by OCCO for follow-up. All reports, including anonymous ones, will be reviewed. Reports can be made in any language of the Bank or of the Bank's countries of operation. The information provided must be made in good faith.

Access to Information Policy (AIP)

The AIP sets out how the EBRD discloses information and consults with its stakeholders so as to promote better awareness and understanding of its strategies, policies and operations following its entry into force on 1 January 2020. Please visit the Access to Information Policy page to find out what information is available from the EBRD website.

Specific requests for information can be made using the EBRD Enquiries form.

Independent Project Accountability Mechanism (IPAM)

If efforts to address environmental, social or public disclosure concerns with the Client or the Bank are unsuccessful (e.g. through the Client’s Project-level grievance mechanism or through direct engagement with Bank management), individuals and organisations may seek to address their concerns through the EBRD’s Independent Project Accountability Mechanism (IPAM).

IPAM independently reviews Project issues that are believed to have caused (or to be likely to cause) harm. The purpose of the Mechanism is: to support dialogue between Project stakeholders to resolve environmental, social and public disclosure issues; to determine whether the Bank has complied with its Environmental and Social Policy or Project-specific provisions of its Access to Information Policy; and where applicable, to address any existing non-compliance with these policies, while preventing future non-compliance by the Bank.

Please visit the Independent Project Accountability Mechanism webpage to find out more about IPAM and its mandate; how to submit a Request for review; or contact IPAM  via email ipam@ebrd.com to get guidance and more information on IPAM and how to submit a request.


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