Babak Zanjani

Also Known As: 

Babak Morteza Zanjani

Related Country: 

  • United Arab Emirates




A key facilitator for Iranian oil deals; oversees a group of companies and financial institutions involved in facilitating the transfer of millions of dollars to sanctioned entities in Iran.

Listed by the European Union on December 21, 2012 as a person linked to Iran's proliferation-sensitive nuclear activities or Iran's development of nuclear weapon delivery systems; E.U. sanctions were annulled in 2014 by the E.U. General Court; relisted by the European Union on November 7, 2014; removed from the E.U. list in January 2016 as part of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

Added to the Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) list maintained by the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) on April 11, 2013, pursuant to Executive Order 13382, which targets proliferators of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and their delivery systems; removed from the SDN list in January 2016 as part of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

Owns and operates United Arab Emirates-based Sorinet Group, which oversees First Islamic Investment Bank LTD. (FIIB), International Safe Oil (ISO), and Sorinet Commercial Trust Bankers Ltd. (SCT); also affiliated with Kont Kosmetik and Kont Investment Bank.

According to the European Union, has assisted the Central Bank of Iran and National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) in evading E.U. sanctions measures; has facilitated Iranian oil transactions and transfers of oil-related funds, including through Naftiran Intertrade Company (NICO) and Hong Kong Intertrade; enabled transfers of funds to Khatam al-Anbiya (KAA), a company owned by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC); has financed transactions in crude oil conducted by Iran's Ministry of Petroleum.

An Iranian national; passport numbers include L18597666 (Iran) and L95279398 (Iran); date of birth: March 12, 1971 or March 12, 1974.

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Date Entered: 

July 20, 2013

Date Last Modified: 

January 16, 2016