United Bank Limited (UBL)


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"United Bank Limited reportedly provides banking services in Iran. In 2019, CalSTRS identified United Bank Limited as potentially having ties to Iran and began the review process. The engagement has been delayed by shutdowns related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Accordingly, CalSTRS maintained an “Under Review” status in 2020."
"He added that the multinational HBL, the largest bank in Pakistan –formerly referred to as Habib Bank Limited– and the Karachi-based United Bank Limited have had representative offices in Iran for years." (August 3, 2017).
UBL lists a representative office in Iran, and a branch in the USA. Additional branches, representative and subsidary offices are found in Switzerland, the UK, the UAE, Bahrain, Qatar, Yemen, China, and Tanzania
“As part of talks in Geneva over the nuclear question, Tehran is pressing world powers to speed up trade finance arrangements on humanitarian deals involving both Western and Iranian banks, according to an Iranian government document seen by Reuters and sources familiar with the initiative. Iranian government officials and international trade sources say Tehran wants to simplify complex trade finance arrangements potentially worth billions of dollars, which would alleviate pressure on the country's sanctioned banking system…Iranian government officials said the document, which has been sent to Iran's Supreme National Security Council, tasked with safeguarding Tehran's interests, listed the following banks as ‘available for further actions’: Standard Chartered Bank (London), Societe Generale (Paris), Banque de Commerce et de Placements (BCP) (Geneva), UniCredit Bank (Munich), Commerzbank (Frankfurt), United Bank (Zurich) and BHF Bank (Frankfurt). It was not clear whether these banks had been approached to provide finance. Two business executives familiar with the initiative said they were aware that Standard Chartered, Societe Generale, Commerzbank were among those on the wish list. Commerzbank, Societe Generale, United Bank and BCP all declined to comment. A spokeswoman for Standard Chartered said the bank was not involved and would not get involved in any transaction with any party from Iran.” (Reuters, “Western banks cold-shoulder Iran trade finance scheme,” 3/13/14)