Lebanon Money Changer Business License

Institutions other than banks, financial institutions and financial intermediation institutions
registered with the Banque du Liban (BDL) are prohibited from undertaking exchange operations before obtaining a license from the Banque du Liban, in accordance with the provisions of the Law no. 42/87.

Exchange institutions are divided into two categories:

  1. Category A: those whose objective is the purchase and sale of foreign currencies in exchange for other foreign currencies or Lebanese pounds, whether as banknotes or coins, as well as the purchase and sale of metal coins and ingots, transfer transactions, checks, and traveler’s checks.
  2. Category B: those whose objective is the purchase and sale of foreign currencies in exchange for other foreign currencies or Lebanese pounds, as well as the purchase and sale of metal coins, gold bullions weighing less than 1000 grammes, and traveler’s checks, within a ceiling specified by the Banque du Liban.

Legal Requirements

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ElementRequirement(s)
Entity RequirementsThe Exchange institutions may be established in Lebanon in the form of sole proprietorships or
companies, provided their activities are restricted to exchange operations.

In an exchange institution established as a partnership, or as a limited liability company,
two thirds at least of the partners’ shares must be owned by Lebanese persons

Exchange institutions in the form of sole proprietorships can only be established by
Lebanese natural persons

Director’s RequirementsThe licensee will need at least 2 (two) natural person Fit and Proper Directors of any jurisdiction.
Shareholder requirements
  • The Exchange Institution Business will need at least two shareholder.
Compliance OfficerThe Licensee must establish and maintain an appropriate and effective compliance function within the firm which operates independently of all operational and business line functions and senior or supervisory management.
Local OfficeThe applicant must have premises acceptable to the BDL. The premises should be able to facilitate confidential interaction between the applicant and its clients, and provide for safe and confidential storage of documents.
AuditorThe licensee shall appoint annually an auditor who shall be a chartered accountant, a certified public accountant or some other professionally qualified accountant, satisfactory to the Authority.
InsuranceThe applicant will need to have indemnity insurance coverage or a fidelity bond acceptable to the Monetary Authority.
Minimum Capital RequirementsAccording to the categories specified in Article 3 of this Law, the required capital of an
exchange institution is set as follows

  1. Category A: two hundred fifty million Lebanese pounds.
  2. Category B: one hundred million Lebanese pounds

When opening a new branch, an exchange institution must increase its capital by an amount that is, at least, equivalent to the minimum required capital.

Ongoing Obligations

  1. Filing of Audited Accounts: A licensee shall forward the audited financial statements to the BDL, unless prior written approval for an extension has been granted by the Bank of Lebanon.
  2. The Licensee must maintain appropriate policies of insurance for the purpose of indemnifying such licensee against any liability that may be incurred as a result of any act or omission by the licensee or any of its officers or employees in the conduct of the licensee’s exchange business.

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