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Saturday, January 10, 2009

Morgan Stanley May Pay $3 Billion for Smith Barney Interest

by Calculated Risk on 1/10/2009 09:25:00 AM

From Bloomberg: Morgan Stanley May Pay Citigroup $3 Billion in Brokerage Merger

Morgan Stanley may pay Citigroup Inc. as much as $3 billion for control of a venture that would combine their brokerage units ... Morgan Stanley ... may get 51 percent of the new company and an option to acquire the rest over three to five years ... The transaction may be announced as soon as tomorrow, the person said.

Citigroup ... would get cash for its Smith Barney brokerage, while Morgan Stanley would get recurring fee revenue and more potential banking customers.
Just shuffling the TARP money ...