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Moody’s upgrades GBI’s long term deposit rating by two notches to A3 with negative outlook while counterparty rating assessment is assigned as A2(cr)/P-1(cr) for long and short term.

Moody’s Investors Service in its press release dated 24-June-2015 on “Rating Action: Moody’s concludes review on four Dutch banks’ ratings” has published its rating upgrade action on GBI. Accordingly:

Moody's affirmed GBI's BCA and adjusted BCA at baa2, reflecting the bank's (1) solid capitalization; (2) diversified trade-finance activities, which affords good profitability; (3) sound liquidity and solid deposit funding base; and (4) moderate asset quality.  Additionally, GBI's ratings reflect (1) high credit risk concentrations and cross-border risk caused by the geographical imbalance between foreign assets and domestic liabilities; and (2) the bank's focus on trade finance, corporate finance and treasury revenues, which Moody's regards as a more volatile income source.

Moody's upgraded GBI's long-term deposit rating to A3 from Baa2 and assigned a negative outlook to the rating.  This results from (1) GBI's adjusted BCA of baa2; and (2) two notches of LGF uplift given the bank's large volume of junior deposits and significant volumes of senior debt and subordinated debt, reflecting a very low loss-given failure rate expected for the bank's deposits. The negative outlook on the A3 long-term deposit rating is driven by the negative outlook on GBI's parent Turkiye Garanti Bankasi AS (TGB; long-term deposit/senior unsecured ratings Baa3 negative, BCA ba1), as a lowering of TGB's BCA would likely trigger a lowering of GBI's BCA and long-term deposit ratings.

Concurrently, Moody's assigned a long and short-term Counterpart Risk (CR) Assessment of A2(cr)/Prime-1(cr) to GBI.

Moody’s further explains CR Assessment as follows:

CR Assessments are opinions of how counterparty obligations are likely to be treated if a bank fails, and are distinct from debt and deposit ratings in that they (1) consider only the risk of default rather than the likelihood of default and the expected financial loss incurred in the event of default and (2) apply to counterparty obligations and contractual commitments rather than debt or deposit instruments.

The CR Assessment is an opinion of the counterparty risk related to a bank's covered bonds, contractual performance obligations (servicing), derivatives (e.g., swaps), letters of credit, guarantees and liquidity facilities.

Moody's CR Assessments for banks subject to a going-concern operational resolution regime, which includes all Dutch banks, start with the banks' adjusted BCA and use an advanced LGF approach that takes into account the volume of liabilities subordinated to counterparty obligations in the bank's liability structure as well as any assumption of government support.

Our parent "Turkiye Garanti Bankasi A.S. (Garanti)" made a public announcement regarding the Share Purchase Agreement between its shareholders Dogus Group and BBVA on 19 November 2014.

Garanti's Announcement regarding the Execution of Share Purchase Agreement


The following information has been provided to us by our shareholders Doğuş Holding A.Ş. (“Doğuş Group”) and Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, S.A. (“BBVA”);

Doğuş Group and BBVA have entered into a Share Purchase Agreement dated November 19, 2014 with respect to sale of shares of T. Garanti Bankası A.Ş. (“Garanti”) representing 14.89% of the share capital with an aggregate nominal value of TL 625,380,000.00. Parties agreed that the total purchase price for the shares being sold shall be TL 5,497,090,200 and the purchase price per share will be TL 8.79. In addition, the parties have agreed that Doğuş Group shall be entitled to receive up to TL 0.11 of the dividend distributed per share sold with respect to distributable profit for the calendar year 2014.

Following the completion of the share transfers, Doğuş Group’s stake in Garanti will be 10% of the share capital. The transfer of title for the shares sold from Doğuş Group to BBVA will be finalized once the transaction is approved by the relevant authorities in and outside of Turkey including the Banking Regulatory and Supervisory Authority, the Capital Markets Board and the Competition Board.

The Shareholders Agreement dated November 1, 2010 relating to governance and management of Garanti signed between Doğuş Group and BBVA has been amended on November 19, 2014.  The revised Shareholders Agreement shall become effective simultaneously with the consummation of the share transfers following the approval of all necessary regulators.  Under the revised Shareholders Agreement parties have agreed that: (i) the Board of Directors of Garanti Bank shall comprise of 10 members ; (ii) 7 of the board members will be nominated by BBVA at the General Assembly and two of these seven members will also be the members of the Audit Committee of Garanti (whom, in line with the applicable laws, shall be deemed as independent board members); (iii) two members will be nominated by Doğuş Group at the General Assembly and (iv) the remaining 10th member, who will be the third independent member, will be jointly nominated by the shareholders at the General Assembly. The call option previously granted by Doğuş Group to BBVA with respect to acquisition of further shares of Garanti by BBVA representing 1% of the share capital will be revoked.

New Security update: Secure Communications Vulnerability in Old Internet Browsers

Due to a recent public vulnerability (referred to as "Poodle" by the world's security community) notice, our internet banking will not support users who currently use Internet Explorer 6 or earlier versions as of November 5, 2014. Users are encouraged to upgrade to a more current version of Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome to address this vulnerability as soon as possible to minimize any negative impact.

FATCA: Garantibank International N.V. (GBI) and its foreign branch in Germany are committed to complying with FATCA obligations and have registered with the IRS with a status of reporting FFI under a model 1 IGA.

For more information, please contact GBI's Financial Institutions department:


What is Fatca?

GarantiBank International N.V. signed €275,000,000 Syndicated Loan

We are pleased to announce the successful closing of our new syndication in Amsterdam on Friday, 4th July 2014.

GBI Syndication 2014 - Press release

Moody's confirmed GarantiBank International N.V.'s ratings.

On 24 June 2014, Moody's confirmed GarantiBank International NV's ratings.

The related press release is below:

                        Moody's Press Release - GBI (24.06.2014)

As of February 2014, IBAN (International Bank Account Number) is the new European standard for bank account numbers. IBAN is mandatory for all banking transactions in the Eurozone including Netherlands.


IBAN  is the International Bank Account Number. In Netherlands it is an 18 digit account number with the following sample format:



NL                  : Country Code

99                  : Control Number (variable)

UGBI              : Bank Code

0123456789    : Your existing account number 


IBAN has been introduced to standardise the identification of bank accounts internationally.


You can find your IBAN number on your paper statements issued by our bank and on your Internet Banking.   


By 01.02.2014, the use of IBAN  is mandatory in all 32 Euro Zone countries (*) including Netherlands.


The IBAN will replace your existing 9-digit account number and must be used in domestic Dutch payments starting as of 01.02.2014. 


On May 9, 2012 the Dutch Central Bank (DNB) launched the publicity campaign "Over op IBAN". The campaign is aimed to generate awareness amongst Dutch consumers and businesses about the role of IBAN.
For more information about the "Over op IBAN" campaign,  please visit

The IBAN equivalents of all account numbers issued by Dutch banks can be found on:


The BIC (Bank Identifier Code) is the code used to identify a bank. Each bank has its own code. GarantiBank International N.V.'s BIC is UGBINL2A. You will need to give this BIC to anyone who wants to transfer funds to you.

(*)32 Euro Zone countries:






























United Kingdom****




*  including French Guyana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Réunion
**  including the Azores and Madeira
*** including the Canary Islands, Ceuta and Melilla 
**** including Gibraltar and Northern Ireland, excluding the Channel Islands and Isle of Man

GarantiBank International N.V. signed €280,000,000 Syndicated Loan

We are pleased to announce the successful closing of the Facility in Amsterdam on Friday, 5th July 2013.
Press Release

GBI winning Silver Award in LACP Annual Report Competition

GBI has been awarded by the League of American Communications Professionals (LACP) in Annual Report Competition, the 2011 Vision Awards. The 2011 GBI Annual Report has been granted a ‘’Silver’’ Award with a total score of 97 out of a maximum 100 points on different categories such as creativity, information accessibility, message clarity and quality of narrative.


About LACP

League of American Communications Professionals (LACP) was established in 2001 in order to create a forum within the public relations industry that facilitates discussion of best-in-class practices within the profession while also recognizing those who demonstrate exemplary communications capabilities. Visit LACP on the Worldwide Web at

GarantiBank International N.V. signed €220,000,000 Syndicated Loan

We are pleased to announce the successful closing of the Facility in Amsterdam on Monday, 9th July 2012.  The loan carries a margin of 0.95% per annum, and has a maturity of one year.  The proceeds will be used by GBI for its general trade finance activities.

The Facility was launched at €150,000,000 but was oversubscribed, despite the challenging environment in the loan market.  The syndicate comprises 19 banks from 9 different countries, including the MLAs.

The Mandated Lead Arrangers are Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria S.A. Milan Branch, Barclays Bank PLC, Commerzbank Aktiengesellschaft, HSBC Bank plc, London, ING Bank N.V., Standard Chartered Bank and Wells Fargo Bank N.A.

Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. acted as Coordinating Bank and Documentation Agent while ING Bank N.V., London Branch is the Facility Agent.

GBI in top rankings in trade finance field

In June 2012, GBI appeared in Top-5 global rankings of “Trade Finance Magazine” in four different trade-finance categories.  Similarly, in its June 2012 issue, “Trade & Forfaiting Review” ranks GBI among the Top-5 global financial institutions in five different trade-finance categories, including but not limited to the #1 position in “Best Trade Bank in Soft Commodities” category.  We are pleased for these outcomes and strive to serve even better to our clients and counterparties.  Click here to view the details of these annual rankings

What is SEPA?

SEPA is the abbreviation for Single Euro Payments Area. The aim of SEPA is to provide a single European payments market where there will no longer be any difference between domestic payments and foreign payments in Euros within Europe. More information about SEPA is available in pdf format.

Moody’s publishes an updated Credit Opinion on GBI

On 10 October 2011, Moody's published an updated Credit Opinion on GBI confirming the Bank's investment grade LT deposit rating of Baa1 and BFSR of C- with stable outlook.

The full report is available in pdf format.

Moody’s affirms GBI’s ratings; outlook changed to stable

We are pleased to announce that Moody's confirmed GBI's ratings and changed the outlook to stable from negative.

July 26, 2011 -- Moody's Investors Service has today affirmed the C- bank financial strength rating (BFSR) -- mapping to Baa2 on the long-term scale -- and the Baa1 long-term deposit and senior debt ratings of GarantiBank International NV. Moody's has also affirmed the Prime-2 short-term deposit and debt ratings and Baa2 subordinate debt ratings and changed the outlook to stable from negative on all these ratings.

The full press release is available in pdf format Moody's Press Release – GBI (26.07.2011).pdf

TFR Awards 2011 - GBI wins 4 medals

GBI won 4 medals in this year's TFR (Trade&Forfaiting Review) polls:

Silver Medal | Best Forfaiting Institution
Bronze Medal | Best Trade Bank Western Europe
Bronze Medal | Best Trade Bank Eastern Europe
Bronze Medal | Best Trade Bank Soft Commodities

This has been the first time that GBI won 4 medals in the same year and was awarded in two consecutive years. GBI was also in the rankings in two categories in 2010, 3 categories in 2008 and one category in 2006.

The complete list of winners at all categories:

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