Title

Increasing foreign banks’ presence through M&AS: The case of Turkey

Author First name, Last name, Institution

Eda Orhun, Zayed University

Document Type

Article

Source of Publication

WSEAS Transactions on Business and Economics

Publication Date

1-1-2015

Abstract

© 2015 World Scientific and Engineering Academy and Society. All rights reserved. Turkey had been a closed economy until the beginning of 1980s. However, this changed once the government adopted liberalization and de-regulation programs at that time. Decreasing entry barriers and approved foreign ownership in the banking sector naturally triggered more foreign bank entry in the coming years. This trend got changed in nature especially after the currency crisis of 2001. Recovering from the crisis stronger with a growing economy, Turkish banking sector with its technologically advanced banks evoked the appetite of foreign counterparts that mostly chose the entry method of M&As. This created the empirical fact that while the number of foreign banks have been increasing, the number of (local) private banks have been decreasing due to these acquisitions in the decade of 2000s. This paper presents data for the mentioned result together with the review of Turkish banking sector starting from 1980s. The paper also examines the major deals that were realized in the last decade and tries to understand the reasons of increased foreign bank presence by outlining the ‘pull factors’ of the Turkish economy.

ISSN

1109-9526

Publisher

World Scientific and Engineering Academy and Society

Volume

12

First Page

243

Last Page

248

Disciplines

Business

Keywords

Acquisitions, De-regulation, Foreign bank entry, Globalization, Pull factors

Scopus ID

84937569719

Indexed in Scopus

yes

Open Access

no

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