Ok team, this post shall be short and sweet. The title pretty much lets you know what it's about and the lead in pic gives away the end. So, Mobias Bank eh? why?
The answer turns out to be more that there wasn't anything significant to chase us away from it. In order to get there let me list off the main banking options in Moldova as well as their affiliations.
|Moldova Agroindbank||N/A||This is the bank used by Peace Corps which speaks rather highly to it.|
|BCR Bank||Erste Group (Germany)|
|Mobias Bank||Groupe Societe Generale (France)|
|Victoria Bank||N/A||Owned by and closely affiliated with Vladimir Plahotniuc, sometimes called "Moldova's one and only oligarch." Multiple people have referred to Victoria Bank as the safest bank in the country because of its association with Mr. Plahotniuc.|
|Banka de Economia||N/A||Accused of laundering Russian Magnitsky Case money (see this article) amongst other possible scandals|
|Procredit Bank||Procredit Group (headquarters in Germany)||Relatively small footprint in Moldova|
I'd like to say that we did exhaustive research here but we pretty much just gathered the above information and decided that we wanted our money in an internationally backed bank which leaving Mobias and BCR. Choosing between them pretty much came down to convenience of location.
Have any thoughts as to which bank we should have picked? do you have better metrics? comment below!
Coming soon - an equally breif post about picking an American bank for International Business.