Aktif Bank as the innovator of “New Generation Banking” continues to receive attention by a number of innovative banking solutions and has just added another trophy to its long list of international awards
Aktif Bank as the innovator of “New Generation Banking” continues to receive attention by a number of innovative banking solutions and has just added another trophy to its long list of international awards. Aktif Bank was awarded the first rank in “Islamic Finance Transaction of the Year” in Europe category by “The Banker” magazine which is equivalent to the Oscar Awards in the industry.
Aktif Bank as the pioneer of New Generation Banking was awarded the First Position in Europe under the “Islamic Finance Transacton of the Year” category due to its achievement in issuing a sukuk for the funding of Istanbul Finance Center project.
Having received its rightful place among the world’s leading banks by this award, Aktif Bank has successfully arranged the funding of Istanbul Finance Center project through specialized sukuk issuances. The first project sukuk issuance in Turkeywith an amount of 200 million Turkish Liras has also received a strong attention from a number of international investors interested in the Istanbul Finance Center.
The Banker magazine is seen as one of the most prominent publications of the banking industry and Aktif Bank has competed with such premier global banks such as Crédit Agricole, HSBC, Citi, Commerzbank, Deutsche Bank, ING, Raiffeisen Bank International, Royal Bank of Scotland, Sberbank, Société Générale, UniCredit and Goldman Sachs under the “Deals of the Year” contest.
Aktif Bank’s CEO & Board Member Dr. Önder Halisdemir has underlined the crucial role played by Aktif Bank for the deepening of the Turkish financial markets and has expressed the gratitude that the services which are rendered with an innovative approach has been rewarded not only by good financial results but also with prestigious awards and continued by stating; “Aktif Bank as the largest investment bank in Turkey has continued to deliver a number of innovations ranging from bank bonds to asset based securities and to sukuk. We have developed specialized financial solutions for the Istanbul Finance Center project which has a crucial importance for the development of Turkey. It is our desire that the investment in Istanbul Finance Center should be through new generation solutions which deserve its reputation. Issuance of a Mudaraba Sukuk with the final aim of providing project finance is the first successful step in this direction. We have achieved a first in the industry by our close collaboration with our partner Ağaoğlu Group and we succeeded in leaving a track record. Thus, every international award and interest we receive from the investors is an indication of how good we are at doing our business. Those who know us know it well that as a principle, we do not participate in contests for selecting the number 1 institutions in Turkey, we only participate in contests which select the best in Europe and in the World. On this occasion, we have surpassed the most important and biggest institutions to reach the first position. Thus, in past 3 years we have received a total of 56 awardsmostly with the first rank from a number of international contests. It gives us pride as a local institution to announce the name of our country in the international platforms. It is indeed possible to become a model in the area of Islamic Finance through the attributes, quality, results and distinctive aspects delivered without the need to be a participation bank.”