Citadele Banka

AS Citadele banka is a Latvian bank and financial and asset manager. The principal market of operation for the Citadele Group is the Baltic States. Citadele was the exclusive cooperation partner of American Express in Latvia and Lithuania, possessing the right to issue American Express payment cards until 1 December 2016.

Banka Citadele AS
Founded30 June 2010[1]
Key people
Guntis Beļavskis
ProductsFinancial services, Insurance
RevenueIncrease US$0.3 billion
Increase €28.35 million (2014)[2]
Total assetsIncrease €2.33 billion (2014)[2]
Total equityIncrease €172.4 million (2014)[2]
Number of employees
Increase 1,500

Citadele banka is the parent company of a Group offering banking, financial and private capital management services in its home market and through its international presence.

Citadele is one of two institutions created in 2010 from a state administered split of Parex Bank into viable and distressed banking assets. The other is Reverta. Parex was privately founded 1992 and taken over by the Latvian government on 8 November 2008 during the Financial crisis of 2007–2010. The bad bank assets remained with Parex, now renamed Reverta.


The name Citadele is drawn from the Italian word “citadella” meaning a small city, a powerful fortress, and the main fortification at the heart of the feudal city which also serves as the administrative and cultural centre. The headquarters of the Citadele Group is located at 2a Republic Square, Riga.


An international group of investors represented by Ripplewood Advisors LLC together with 12 reputable investors own 75% plus one of Citadele banka's shares after its re-privatization by the Latvian government. The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) continues to own 25% minus one of the bank's shares.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "History". Citadele Group. Retrieved 12 July 2016.
  2. ^ a b c Bank Profile: Citadele Banka

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