BBVA Banco Francés S.A., together with its subsidiaries, provides various financial services to corporations, medium and small companies, and individual customers in the Republic of Argentina. The company offers checking and savings accounts, time deposits, and investment accounts. It also provides short and long-term loans to companies, overdraft lines of credit, discounted instruments, loans to financial institutions and the governmental sector, collateral loans, and real estate mortgage, as well as consumer loans comprising credit card loans and other consumer loans. In addition, the company offers home and personal accident insurance; payroll services; asset management services; and insurance advisory services to customers in the areas of coverage of risks related to life, personal accidents and home insurance, and automated teller machine (ATM) robbery insurance. Further, it provides foreign trade services, including letters of credit, collections, bank drafts, fund transfers, and foreign currency transactions; and electronic banking, ATM, self-service terminals, Internet and mobile banking, call center, and trust services. Additionally, the company engages in capital market and securities activities, principally underwriting and placement of corporate bonds, commercial paper, and equity securities; corporate advisory; and securities brokerage. As of December 31, 2011, it operated 268 branches comprising 240 retail branches, 28 branches specialized in small and medium enterprises segment, 13 in-company branches, 7 corporate banking units, and 3 points of sale, as well as 654 ATM’s and 695 quick deposit boxes. The company was formerly known as Banco Frances del Rio de la Plata S.A. and changed its name to BBVA Banco Francés S.A. in October 2000. The company was founded in 1886 and is based in Buenos Aires, the Republic of Argentina.