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Intesa in talks to buy Romania’s First Bank from JC Flowers. Deal could value First Bank at about €200 million – Bloomberg.

30 august 2023

Intesa Sanpaolo SpA is in talks to buy Romania’s First Bank from its private equity owner, JC Flowers & Co., people with knowledge of the matter said, according to Bloomberg.

The Italian lender is discussing terms of a transaction that could value First Bank at about €200 million ($216 million), according to the people, who asked not to be identified discussing confidential information.

Intesa Sanpaolo SpA, the largest bank in Italy, has a subsidiary in Romania, which has assets of approximately 1.5 billion euros and over 60,000 customers.

In January, Bloomberg announced that JC Flowers wanted to sell First Bank and had preliminary discussions with UniCredit SpA but no agreement was reached. Separately, in July UniCredit decided not to continue negotiations and reoriented itself to acquire the Romanian subsidiary of OTP Bank Nyrt.

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