This database contains full ownership information over the period 1995-2013 for 5,498 banks active in 139 countries. It includes for each bank its year of establishment, its year of inactivity, its ownership (foreign or domestic) and, if foreign owned, the home country of the majority shareholder.
The database is compiled by Stijn Claessens and Neeltje van Horen and is an updated version of the previous Bank Ownership Database that covered the period 1995-2009. For detailed description of how the database was constructed, see Claessens and Van Horen, 2014, "Foreign banks: Trends and impact", Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, vol. 46(1), pp. 295-326.
When using the database please cite: Claessens and Van Horen, 2015, "The impact of the global financial crisis on banking globalization", IMF Economic Review, forthcoming. As with many databases, the data come “as is” and the authors nor the institutions to which they are or have been associated accept responsibilities for possible inaccuracies.
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