Aktif Bank starts to operate in Islamic leasing in Turkey together with ICD and IMC

ICD, Aktif Bank and Ijara Management Company Sign Shareholders Agreement for Joint Strategic Collaboration in Haliç Finansal Kiralama A.Ş.

​Haliç Leasing will be able to raise the long term funds locally and internationally via Sukuk issuances thanks to extensive knowledge of Aktif Bank on capital markets.

The Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD), the private sector arm of the Islamic Development Bank Group (IDB), Aktif Yatırım Bankası A.Ş. (Aktif Bank), the largest privately-owned Investment Bank in Turkey and Ijara Management Company (IMC), a specialized company offering comprehensive solutions for new and existing Islamic leasing (Ijara) companies; signed a Shareholders Agreement on 1 September 2016 to collaborate as the new shareholders of Haliç Finansal Kiralama A.Ş. (Haliç Leasing), a financial leasing company that was established since 2004.

Aktif Bank, working with a philosophy to do "New Generation Banking" via widening its products and services through alternative distribution channels, has entered into the Turkish leasing sector by acquiring 32% shares of Halic Leasing in addition to leveraging its multinational expertise in Islamic leasing (ijara). Through this investment, Aktif Bank is planning to primarily fund the growth of SMEs, and will focus on financing their state of art technology machinery and equipment investments.

The strategic collaboration between the parties aim to position Haliç Leasing as the only financial leasing company in Turkey that offers products that are in line with Shariah requirements for its clients. The Company will also be positioned to fill the market gap that is not covered by the larger leasing companies especially those that are owned by local banks. Haliç Leasing will be able to raise the long term funds locally and internationally via Sukuk issuances thanks to extensive knowledge of Aktif Bank on capital markets.

The Chief Executive Officer & General Manager of Aktif Bank, Dr. Serdar Sümer, commented that: "Instead of increasing the number of our branches, we focus on diversifying our products and alternative distribution channels as per our sustainable efficiency-focused growth strategy. In addition to Retail, Corporate and Investment Banking, we also offer a wide range of products and services to our clients; namely money transfers, insurance, card products and comprehensive kiosk solutions. Together with our multinational partners experienced in Islamic leasing sector, we have decided to move forward with this partnership with the primary aim of transferring our expertise particularly to SMEs. I wish that this partnership will bring all the best to Aktif Bank, industry, and the clients.

The Chief Executive Officer & General Manager of ICD, Mr. Khaled Al Aboodi, said that ICD's investment in Haliç Leasing is part of its channels strategy in the member countries to establish or invest in at least one financial intermediary in each member country. The goal of this strategy is to enhance access to finance for micro, small and medium enterprises in the countries as well as continue to promote the development of Islamic finance in those countries. Haliç Leasing will be the eleventh Islamic leasing (Ijara) company that ICD has invested. As a strategic partner in the company, ICD will utilize its extensive experience and expertise, which have been accumulated over the course of establishing similar Ijara companies in ten member countries across the globe, to ensure that the company meets its stated goals and objectives.