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Type  JSC
Founded  1993
Total assets  4.928 billion EUR (2015)
Industry  Financial services
Headquarters  Riga
Net income  69.04 million EUR (2015)
Total equity  281.5 million EUR (2015)
ABLV Bank httpswwwablvcomimgprintheaderlogojpg
Key people  Ernest Bernis, Oleg Fil, Vadim Reinfeld

ABLV Bank, AS is one of the largest private banks in the Baltic states, headquartered in Riga, Latvia with representative offices abroad.


ABLV has three primary lines of business: private banking, investment and financial planning.


The bank was founded on 17 September 1993 on the basis of the Bank of Latvia regional branch in the city of Aizkraukle, thus the bank was named Aizkraukles Banka.

In 1995, there were changes made to the bank’s shareholding structure: Ernest Bernis and Oleg Fil, became the bank’s shareholders and executives. Also in 1995, the bank started expanding its activities and founded a branch in Riga. In the following years, the bank worked in the field of providing services to foreign customers, offering them various banking products, mainly related to funds transferring service.

2002 - AB.LV trademark was created

In 2004, the bank focused on developing second line of its primary activities – investment management. Two subsidiary companies were founded: ABLV Asset Management, IPAS, dealing with investment management, and ABLV Capital Markets, IBAS, which provided brokerage services.

In 2008, the bank adopted new strategy, emphasizing development of bespoke financial solutions for customers. Since 2009, the bank offers third line of services – advisory on asset protection and structuring.

2011 - The bank’s name was changed to ABLV Bank, AS

The new brand and name was intended for increasing association with the chosen lines of business, strengthening the bank’s reputation internationally, meanwhile retaining links to the former brand.

2012 – Growth

Today ABLV Group consists of several companies – ABLV Bank, ABLV Bank Luxembourg, ABLV Asset Management, ABLV Capital Markets, ABLV Corporate Services, ABLV Consulting Services, and Pillar Holding Company. Financial indicators as at 31 December 2012:

  • Net profit of ABLV Group amounted to EUR 23,4 million.
  • Total amount of deposits with ABLV Bank equaled EUR 2.66 billion.
  • Amount of ABLV Bank assets totaled EUR 3.04 billion.
  • 2014 – ABLV Bank supervised by ECB

    ABLV Bank started to be directly supervised by the European Central Bank in cooperation with the National Regulator – the Financial and Capital Market Commission (FCMC) within the frames of the ECB’s single supervisory mechanism.

    2015 - representative office in Hong Kong

    Exploring new target regions, ABLV group has opened a new representative office in the financial world center - Hong Kong.


    The main office of ABLV Bank, AS is situated in the so-called quiet center of Riga, in an Art Nouveau tenement house dating back to the beginning of the 20th century. The author of the house is architect-engineer Mr. Hibig, while facades were designed by Mr. Giesecke. In 2004, the renovated ABLV Bank administrative building won Latvia’s "Best Building 2004" award in the reconstruction category.

    ABLV Group is represented in 9 foreign countries (Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Honkong, Cyprus and Luxemburg) — 11 representative offices in different cities and the subsidiary bank in Luxembourg ABLV Bank Luxembourg, S.A.

    Lines of business

    ABLV Bank provides wide range of banking products and services:

  • Settlement and Cash Services;
  • Payment Cards;
  • Remote Account Management;
  • Loans;
  • Documentary Operations;
  • Fiduciary Transactions;
  • Safe Deposit Boxes
  • ABLV group renders investment management and brokerage services, such as:

  • Deposits; Bank Bonds, Mutual Funds;
  • Asset Management;
  • Brokerage Services;
  • Securities Custody.
  • Providing advisory services, ABLV group offer legal and tax solutions for protection and efficient management of customer’s assets:

  • Asset Protection;
  • Charitable Foundations;
  • Commercial Companies;
  • Legal Advice;
  • Tax Advice;
  • Administrative Services.
  • Shareholders

    The bank’s controlling interest is held by Ernest Bernis (43%) and Oleg Fil (43%). The bank’s other shareholders include top management, employees, and the bank’s long-term partners and customers.

    ABLV Bank is a member of the Association of Latvian Commercial Banks, which protects interests of Latvian banks both in domestic and foreign markets, certifies banking specialists.

    Euromoney magazine named ABLV Bank, AS the best bank in Latvia in Euromoney Awards for Excellence 2013.


    ABLV Bank Wikipedia