Grupo Banistmo

Grupo Banistmo was a Panamanian financial services company, and the largest in Central America. It was founded in 1984. In 1999 it began an expansion strategy that has resulted in the acquisition of banks in several Central American countries, as well as Colombia and the Bahamas. It was the holding company of Primer Banco del Istmo, S.A. or Banistmo, the largest bank in Panama. Its President and Chief Executive Officer was Alberto Vallarino. In November 2006 it was acquired by HSBC Holdings plc,[1] and merged with HSBC Bank (Panama) S.A., the bank’s existing subsidiary in 2007. In 2013 Bancolombia Group acquired HSBC Panama and renamed it Banistmo.[2]

Grupo Banistmo
IndustryFinancial services
Founded1984; 38 years ago (1984)
Defunct2006 (2006)
FateAcquired by HSBC Holding
Key people
Alberto Vallarino Clement (President/CEO)


  1. ^ Tran, Mark (21 Jul 2006). "HSBC buys Central America's largest bank". The Guardian. Retrieved 27 May 2019.
  2. ^ Murphy, Helen; Bocanegra, Nelson (19 Feb 2013). "Colombia's Bancolombia to buy HSBC Panama for $2.1 billion". Reuters. Retrieved 27 May 2019.

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