Ana Balat

THE MAKING OF

The story of Ana Balat traces back to the historic neighbourhood of Balat, located on the shores of the Golden Horn in Istanbul, Turkey, where in the early 20th century the peal of Armenian and Greek church bells mingled with the drone of prayers from Jewish synagogues; where the adhan, the call for prayer of the muezzin, would be heard from the minaret of the Ferruh Kethuda Mosque, entering the stacks of the wooden houses in surrounding streets. It was here that in the fall of 2003, the founding shareholders, originating from Europe, Turkey, the Middle East, and Southern Africa, and with a combined merchant and finance history of over 100 years, decided to establish the firm.