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CIMB Group: 'Unexpected Legal Issue' Prevented Sale of RBS' Indian Operations

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By Jason Ng

KUALA LUMPUR--CIMB Group Holdings Bhd. (1023.KU), Malaysia's second largest bank by assets, said Thursday an "unexpected legal issue" prevented the proposed acquisition of Royal Bank of Scotland Group PLC's (RBS.LN) Indian operations.

On April 2, CIMB Group announced the acquisition of most of RBS' Asia-Pacific cash equities and associated investment banking businesses at an initial cost of GBP173.9 million (US$268.8 million). Without the Indian portion, the total acquisition cost will be reduced to around GBP160 million, CIMB said in a statement.

Despite the setback, "we remain committed to having an Indian component to our Asia Pacific investment banking platform," said CIMB Group Chief Executive Nazir Razak in the statement. The company will proceed with establishing its own operations in India by applying for a new licence or purchasing an entity with an existing licence, he added.

CIMB had earlier agreed to buy most of RBS's businesses in Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand. It has completed the acquisition in China and Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand and is on track to acquire the Australian and Taiwanese operations by the fourth quarter, CIMB said.

Write To Jason Ng at jason.ng@dowjones.com

(END) Dow Jones Newswires

July 12, 2012 06:59 ET (10:59 GMT)

Copyright (c) 2012 Dow Jones & Company, Inc.

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