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Monday, November 02, 2009

U.K.: Breaking up Lloyds and RBS

by Calculated Risk on 11/02/2009 08:56:00 AM

From the Independent: Darling prepares to unveil bank shake-up

Chancellor Alistair Darling will this week unveil his proposed overhaul of the UK banking system which includes breaking up Lloyds and Royal Bank of Scotland and bringing "at least" three new banks to the high street.
The two banks "will be divesting some of the holdings they have at the moment. What you really want to do is have substantial divestment of branches, or particular institutions they own, made available to other people," Mr Darling said. This follows pressure from the European competition commissioner, Neelie Kroes, who has demanded that RBS and Lloyds sell operations under the EU's state aid rules.
Banking giants Barclays, HSBC and possibly Spain's Banco Santander, which owns Abbey, Alliance & Leicester and branches of Bradford & Bingley, are likely to be blocked from bidding as the Government is "determined" to see more competition in the wake of its £1.2 trillion bailout of the sector.
Breaking up the big banks to lower the risk and increase competition. It makes me think of BofA and Citi ...