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In the case of new applicants, the above assessment is made based on the financial projections and business plan provided as part of the license application. Where existing licensees fail to satisfy the condition contained in Rule LR-1.2.5, the CBB will initiate discussion with the licensee as to the appropriateness of their license category: this may result in the licensee being required to change its license category. A branch of an overseas bank may nonetheless be allowed to hold a bank license in Bahrain, even if it fails to undertake the activities specified in Rule LR-1.2.5, providing that it undertakes other regulated banking services in Bahrain and its head office is licensed as a bank in its home country.

October 2007
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Apr 1 2008 onwards
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