British bank Barclays has raised its bid for Dutch group ABN Amro 67.5 billion euros ($93 billion), helped by some of the biggest ever overseas investments by China and Singapore.
A banking consortium led by Royal Bank of Scotland said it cleared all regulatory hurdles and would launch its $97.8 billion bid for Dutch bank ABN AMRO on Monday as planned.
Emerging markets specialist Standard Chartered is in takeover talks with South Africa's fourth-biggest bank, Nedbank Group, financial daily Business Day reported on Thursday.
British bank Barclays said on Thursday it might change its agreed offer for ABN Amro and possibly include some cash, as it battles a higher bid from a consortium of three major European banks.
ABN Amro said on Wednesday it would hold discussions with Barclays on a new bid proposal unveiled this week by the consortium that is seeking to dislodge Barclays as ABN's preferred merger partner.
Barclays is planning to sweeten its offer for ABN Amro after a consortium of rivals led by Royal Bank of Scotland revised its bid for the Dutch bank, the Financial Times said on Tuesday.
Dutch bank ABN Amro can proceed with its sale of U.S. unit LaSalle, the Dutch Supreme Court said, boosting the prospect that Barclays will succeed in its near $90 billion takeover bid for ABN.
NYSE Euronext has joined Dutch and British financial authorities in examining trading patterns in ABN Amro's shares and American depository receipts in the period before the multibillion euro (dollar) bidding war over ABN became public, the bank said Tuesday.
The Dutch Supreme Court will issue its ruling on ABN Amro''s suspended sale of U.S. subsidiary LaSalle on Friday, July 13, at 10 am Amsterdam time, the court said on Tuesday.
European stocks are expected to have positive momentum next week as large-cap companies continue to perform on the back of strong global revenue streams.
Progress made by Britain's Barclays in its offer for ABN Amro demonstrates its ability to offer the Dutch bank's shareholders "certainty and deliverability," Chief Executive John Varley said on Wednesday.
Barclays, which is competing with Royal Bank of Scotland to buy ABN Amro Holding in the largest takeover fight in the financial industry's history, said Monday it received approval from Dutch regulators to delay its proposed takeover.
A group led by Irish financier Derek Quinlan has bought the 42-storey tower in London's Canary Wharf financial district owned by Royal Bank of Scotland and used by Citigroup as its European headquarters, Quinlan said on Monday.
British bank Barclays's hopes of taking over Dutch rival ABN Amro won a boost on Tuesday when a court adviser said ABN could sell its U.S. arm without a shareholder vote.
ABN Amro does not need shareholder approval to sell its U.S. arm, a top Dutch government lawyer said Tuesday in an advisory opinion that increases the chances that the bank will ultimately be bought by Barclays.
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British bank Barclays on Friday said it had some exposure to funds that have lost money from investing in sub-prime mortgage assets in the United States, but that any loss in relation to the exposure would not be material.
Barclays Bank has about $300 million of the riskiest assets within two troubled hedge funds at Bear Stearns that have other banks either freezing assets in the funds or unwinding their positions in order to cut potential losses, CNBC's Charlie Gasparino reported.
Dutch banking and insurance company ING Group is buying Turkey's Oyak Bank for $2.67 billion, joining a rush of overseas financial groups buying into the fast-growing Turkish market.
Barclays Bank and Housing Development Finance Corporation said Monday they agreed to sell their stakes in Intelenet Global Services of India in a management buyout.