Barclays’ lucky ABN escape has more than a touch of irony

The acquisition of ABN Amro was meant to transform Royal Bank of Scotland into a genuine powerhouse in global financial markets. Instead, the takeover marked the beginning of the end of RBS’s rapid overseas expansion and its descent into nationalisation. Meanwhile, the bank it beat in the race for ABN, Barclays, has since managed to bring on board powerful strategic investors including the mighty Temasek, snap up Lehman Brothers’ US business for a song and, crucially, avoid state support and all which that entails.

  • 14 Oct 2008
A year ago almost to the day, Barclays withdrew its Eu67.5bn bid for ABN Amro, clearing the way for a consortium led by Royal Bank of Scotland to snap up the Dutch bank for a total of Eu71.1bn Barclays’ aggressive expansion plans lay in tatters, questions resurfaced about ...

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