An offshore banking unit (OBU) is a bank shell branch, located in another international financial center (or, in the case of India, a Special Economic Zone). Offshore banking units (OBUs) make loans in the Eurocurrency market when they accept deposits from foreign banks and other OBUs. Local monetary authorities and governments do not restrict OBUs’ activities; however, they are not allowed to accept domestic deposits or make loans to residents of the country, in which they are physically situated. Overall OBUs can enjoy significantly more flexibility regarding national regulations.
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