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First Bank completes takeover of Bank Leumi Romania

First Bank completes takeover of Bank Leumi Romania Bank Leumi Romania

BUCHAREST (Romania), July 10 (SeeNews) - First Bank, formerly known as Piraeus Bank Romania, said on Wednesday it has completed the takeover of Israel's Bank Leumi le-Israel B.M. subsidiary in Romania.

First Bank has obtained the neccessary approval from Romania's central bank BNR, it said in a press release.

Bank Leumi Romania named Ion Popovici as its executive chairman and appointed a new board of directors.

"We are convinced that this acquisition will transform First Bank into a stronger and more relevant banking partner for all our current and future clients through Bank Leumi Romania's contribution to our previous expertise," First Bank executive president Dominic Bruynseels said.

First Bank received Romania's anti-trust body's nod for the deal in June, two months after it announced plans to acquire 99.9235% of Bank Leumi Romania for an undisclosed price.

Bank Leumi tried to sell the Romanian subsidiary last year to British investment fund Argo Group Limited but failed to do so as it was unable to obtain the necessary regulatory permits.

Bank Leumi Romania was opened in 2006 and operates a network of 15 units in 12 Romanian cities, employing 200. Its assets amounted to 250 million euro ($282.5 million) at the end of 2018, while deposits totalled 150 million euro.

In June 2018, Greece's Piraeus Bank sold its Romanian subsidiary to J.C. Flowers & Co., which changed the bank's name to First Bank in September.

($= 0.8909 euro)

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