Panama: Sale of Multibank Authorized

The Superintendence of Banks authorized the transfer of up to 100% of the issued and outstanding shares of Multibank in favor of Leasing Bogotá S.A.

Friday, April 3, 2020

Resolution SBP-0053-2020 dated March 24, 2020, explains that "... Authorizes the transfer of up to 100% of the issued and outstanding shares of Multi Financial Group, INC. in favor of Leasing Bogotá, S.A. Panama, which produces as a consequence the change of control of Multibank Inc. and its subsidiaries, in accordance with the terms and conditions established in the proposed transaction."

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Article 2 of the document states that "... The authorization granted by this means is without prejudice to compliance with the legal and regulatory standards in force established by the jurisdiction of the Republic of Colombia."

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According to an interactive report prepared by CentralAmericaData, it is expected that the impact of the crisis of the covid-19 on the financial sector in Central America will be felt mainly in services related to stock exchange intermediation and investment advice, where a fall is expected.

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