News agency Bloomberg reported on Friday that the French bank BNP Paribas is interested in the potential acquisition of the Dutch bank ABN AMRO.
According to Bloomberg, French bank officials recently met with representatives of the Dutch government to discuss the idea, but said the government “has not taken interest seriously.”
“BNP is attracted to ABN AMRO’s retail and corporate franchise and the opportunity to expand its business in Scandinavia,” Bloomberg said, citing “people with knowledge of this issue.”
The Dutch Treasury, which still owns 56% of ABN AMro after nationalization, said it would not comment on the report, but a spokesman told Financieele Dagblad “with various stakeholders on some topics related to equity ownership. We talked about it. “
Treasury Minister Sigrid Kaag also told parliamentarians in January that he needed to tackle the issue of reducing state interest in ABN AMro.
ABN Amro was nationalized after the credit crisis and reappeared on the Amsterdam Stock Exchange on November 20, 2015, when a 23% stake fluctuated.
Bank stocks settled on Friday afternoon, rising about 10% in Amsterdam’s Midcap Index.
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