Iran Completes Merger of Six Banks with Links to Military

December 20, 2020


Arsalan Shahla



Iran has completed a planned merger of six banks with ties to Iran's military, according to a statement by Abdolnaser Hemmati, the head of the Central Bank of Iran. State-owned Sepah Bank will take over Ansar Bank, Ghavamin Bank, Hekmat Bank, the Kosar Credit Institution, and Mehr Eqtesad Bank. Iran first outlined plans for the merger in March 2019 in a bid to increase transparency and reduce the military's footprint in Iran's financial sector.