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World's Biggest Bank Deal Ends in Breakup

For $101B, RBS-led consortium wins Dutch giant ABN Amro

(Newser) - After months of counteroffers, court cases and credit crises, the battle to buy Dutch banking giant ABN Amro concludes today, with a break-up of the bank. The Wall Street Journal reports that a three-bank consortium led by the Royal Bank of Scotland will almost certainly win ABN Amro shareholders' approval... More »

Banks Go Dutch on ABN Buy

Royal Bank of Scotland consortium expected to succeed with hostile bid

(Newser) - The race to buy Dutch bank ABN Amro is in the final stage—with a consortium led by the Royal Bank of Scotland apparently on the inside track ahead of  Barclays. The consortium has already won agreement from ABN and the Dutch government, but has yet to raise the $99... More »

Barclays Bid Gets Backing From the East

China, Singapore put up cash for ABN Amro takeover offer

(Newser) - The Chinese and Singaporean governments have invested almost $5 billion in Barclays, helping the firm float more cash for its bid for ABN. The state-run companies would invest even more if the bid succeeds, which would leave the Chinese state with a holding of 7.7% of the world's new... More »

Barclays Selling Stake to Fund Bank Battle

10% stake, worth up to $9.6B, could sweeten offer for ABN Amro

(Newser) - Barclays Bank is poised to sell a significant piece of itself to fund its bitterly contested takeover battle for Dutch bank ABN Amro, the Wall Street Journal reports. Barclays is close to a deal with Singapore's government-owned investment firm Temasek Holdings and another investor. A 10% stake is worth up... More »

RBS Consortium Renews Bid for ABN Amro

$96B offer dwarfs Barclays proposal, but legal woes persist

(Newser) - Refusing to take no for an answer, a coalition led by Royal Bank of Scotland today submitted a renewed $95.6 billion bid for ABN Amro. The offer overshadows a competing $86 billion offer from Barclays, but legal wrangling over the sale of LaSalle Bank continues to bog down the... More »

ABN Turns Down RBS Spoiler Offer

Dutch bank rejects $24 billion bid for LaSalle as no better than BofA's

(Newser) - Dutch bank ABN Amro has rebuffed a $24 billion offer for its American nephew LaSalle, from a consortium led by the Royal Bank of Scotland. ABN says the bid was no better than a previous one from Bank of America, and that the Scots had ignored "repeated requests for... More »

Dutch Court Blocks Bank Merger

Court rules ABN Amro can't sell LaSalle, which jeopardizes Barclay merger

(Newser) - A Dutch court has blocked the sale of ABN Amro's LaSalle Bank, throwing Amro's proposed merger with Barclays into jeopardy. The move—which the court says is intended to protect shareholder interests—could spark a new bidding war over the Dutch bank, whose $87.5 billion proposed merger with Barclays... More »

Euro Bank Giants to Merge

RBS, regulators may rain on Barclays-AMB AMRO parade

(Newser) - Britain's Barclays Bank and Dutch bank ABN Amro have agreed to merge, creating one of the world's largest banks. The $90 billion deal is far from a sure thing, however—it requires approval by shareholders and regulators, and a group led by Barclays' archrival, the Royal Bank of Scotland, has... More »

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