Bank Audi - capital increase

Location:

Lebanon

Project number:

49644

Business sector:

Financial institutions

Notice type:

Private

Environmental category:

FI

Approval date:

12 Feb 2020

Status:

Signed

PSD disclosed:

26 Mar 2018

Project Description

Participation in a shareholders' cash contribution to capital for Bank Audi SAL, convertible to common shares.

Project Objectives

Support the capital increase of a systemic player to comply with increased prudential ratios by the Central Bank of Lebanon.

Transition Impact

ETI score: 58

Further strengthen the capital of a systemic bank and strategic partner in a challenging environment.

Client Information

BANK AUDI SAL

Bank Audi SAL is the largest bank in Lebanon, with consolidated assets of USD 47.4 billion at end-June 2019. It is a universal bank operating across the Middle East and Europe. Its shares are listed on the Beirut Stock Exchange. Its Global Depositary Receipts (GDRs) are listed on both the Beirut Stock Exchange and the London Stock Exchange.

Additionality

Further strengthen the capital of a systemic bank and strategic partner in a challenging environment.

Environmental and Social Summary

Categorised FI (ESP 2019). Through the existing equity investment, Bank Audi is committed to comply with the EBRD's Performance Requirements (PRs) 2, 4 and 9. Monitoring to date has confirmed such compliance. Bank Audi will be required to submit Annual Environmental and Social Reports to the EBRD on the implementation of the PRs and its Environmental & Social Management System. Any Category A projects financed by Bank Audi will also be required to comply with EBRD PRs 1-8 and 10.

Technical Cooperation and Grant Financing

None.

Company Contact Information

Sana Sabra
Sana.Sabra@bankaudi.com.lb
+961 1 977 496
+961 1 990 444
http://www.bankaudigroup.com
P.O. Box 11-2560 Riad El-Solh Beirut 1107 2808 LEBANON

PSD last updated

05 Mar 2020

Understanding Transition

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Environmental and Social Policy (ESP)

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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.

Project Complaint Mechanism (PCM)

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 accountability mechanism.

The accountability mechanism 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 our webpage to find out how to submit a complaint through the confidential online form, by email, mail or telephone. We are available to discuss your concerns and answer any questions you may have about the submission or handling of complaints. Complainants’ identities may be kept confidential upon request.

Please note that after the appointment of the new mechanism Head in 2020, the revised Project Accountability Policy and Guidance will come into effect to guide case handling.

 

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