October 15, 2020 islamic finance

Bank of Bahrain and Kuwait acquisition of Ithmaar takes a step forward


The Bank of Bahrain and Kuwait's acquisition of Ithmaar has taken a step forward.

BBK said in a bourse filing on Tuesday (Oct 13) that it is in the process of appointing a financial advisor.

The two parties signed a memorandum of understanding on Sep 14 on the potential acquisition by BBK of Ithmaar's Bahrain operations and specific assets of its subsidiary IB Capital.

If the deal goes through, it will expand BBK’s operations in Bahrain and add a turnkey, full-service Islamic banking solution.

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries are seeing a consolidation of their banking sectors. The latest merger was announced on Sunday by Saudi Arabia's National Commercial Bank and Samba Financial Group that will create an entity of $223 million in assets.

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