|BNP Paribas beat several other competitors for BG¯ stake|
French financial group BNP Paribas signed an agreement to buy 98.5 percent in Polish lender Bank Gospodarki ¯ywno¶ciowej (BG¯) from Dutch Rabobank for z³.4.2 billion, the banks said on Thursday.
The possible sale of Bank BG¯ had been the subject of media speculations since Rabobank announced in June that it would consider “various options” for the Polish unit. Santander, Bank Pekao (the Polish unit of UniCredit) and PZU were seen as other potential buyers.
The takeover is yet to be approved by regulatory authorities. One of them, the Polish Financial Supervision Authority (KNF), has already expressed concern with the deal.
“We will be verifying the reasons why Rabobank decided to change its strategy for its presence on the Polish market,” the watchdog said in a statement. Earlier this year, the KNF had signaled that in its opinion, there is no need for further consolidation in the Polish banking sector.
The biggest Dutch retail bank said in June it was reviewing its options for the BG¯, but had not officially put the lender up for sale.
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