Why AFC?

Why AFC?

The First Financial Company in Lebanon

Established in 1974, Arab Finance Corporation is the first financial company to be formed in Lebanon. We hold the number one on the Banque du Liban’s list of financial institutions (www.bdl.gov.lb/bfs/FI/Financial_Institutions.pdf). For half a Century now we have been offering a wide range of financial services to private and institutional clients in Lebanon and the Arab region. Over this period, we have seen quite a few financial institutions come and go as a result of financial, political, security or even family-related events. Early on, the founders of AFC understood that, as a client, you put great value in the experience and sustainability of the company you choose to trade with. Above all else, we think that you want to partner with an institution, not just people.

Superior Technology

Whether it is trading solutions or internal equipment and systems, AFC uses and offers superior technology. Our new position’s state-of-the-art trading desk is equipped with the latest technology in telecommunication systems and enables us to provide fast and efficient market access to the client. With regards to trading solutions, AFC is quite simply the first and only Lebanese institution to offer truly proprietary online trading technology to its clients.

Whether it is trading solutions or internal equipment and systems, AFC uses and offers superior technology.
Our new state-of-the-art trading desk is equipped with the latest technology in telecommunication systems and enables us to provide fast and efficient market access to the client.

With regards to trading solutions, AFC is quite simply the first and only Lebanese institution to offer truly proprietary online trading technology to its clients. In 2008, we launched the AFC BeirutTrader™ providing to investors for the first time with an online solution to trade the Beirut Stock Exchange.

We also offer the AFC Trader™ using the MT5 multi-award-winning platform with access to CFD’s on Forex, Metals, Energies, Stocks, Indices, and ETFs

Range and Flexibility of Services

Arab Finance Corporation sal offers 24-hour access to a very wide range of financial markets covering all geographical areas on multiple asset classes, such as equities, fixed-income, foreign exchange and commodities, whether on a full cash or derivatives basis, online or by phone. In this respect, one of the advantages enjoyed by clients of AFC’s Financial Markets desk is the capacity to trade a variety of financial instruments on numerous asset classes via a single account. Trading clients also benefit from competitive and flexible commission structures. For wealth management clients, we offer active advisory and discretionary management mandates which specifically target your investor profile and will help you reach your investment goals. On the investment banking side, our advisory professionals have been working with listed and private corporate clients and financial institutions to analyze and implement strategic alternatives covering capital raising, direct investments and project promotion.

Strong Legal Framework

Arab Finance Corporation sal is a financial company regulated by the Banque du Liban, and specifically controlled and supervised by the Banking Control Commission and the Capital Market Authority. As such, we are required to meet strict financial standards, including capital adequacy requirements, and to submit regular and detailed financial reports to our regulator. The Banque du Liban, a legal public entity enjoying financial and administrative autonomy, grants licenses for the establishment of banks, financial institutions, brokerage firms, money dealers, foreign banks, leasing companies and mutual funds in Lebanon. Historically, the strict monitoring by the Banque du Liban has worked to ensure transparency in the Lebanese financial sector and contributed to promoting public and private sector trust in the Lebanese financial system.

Fiduciary Accounts

Clients’ accounts at AFC can be opened on a Fiduciary basis, more specifically according to Law No 520 promulgated on June 1996 and to the Decree No. 6349 issued by the Banque du Liban on October 1996 (www.bdl.gov.lb/circulars/29_en.pdf) and which defines the regulatory and organizational framework of fiduciary operations. In this respect, client money is treated as an off-balance sheet and there is clear segregation between corporate and clients’ assets with our correspondents; your funds are therefore not affected by the financial situation of AFC, when you invest in exchange-traded instruments or third-party financial products. With respect to over-the-counter (OTC) financial instruments which are directly quoted by AFC, we let our clients know that we are acting as your ultimate counterparty in this case.