Cross-Border Mergers

Cross-Border Mergers

          
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Cross-Border Mergers

Are You Dancing?
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    • Across Europe, banks are jockeying for position in an international consolidation game that only a few can win.
    • Leading players in Europe are beginning to recognize that the most robust solution is a merger of equals.
    • The danger of waiting too long to choose a partner is that the attractive ones may quietly pair off with someone else.
     

    A long-established teenage dating ritual at discotheques runs something like this:

    “Are you dancing?”

    “Are you asking?”

    “If you’re dancing, I’m asking.”

    “If you’re asking, I’m dancing.”

    The more adventurous pair off early. Most of the others try several partners before finding their soul mate. By the end of the evening, a few lonely figures remain, leaning disconsolately against the walls.

    Across Europe, banks are using a similar language, jockeying for position in an international consolidation game that only a few can win. The challenge is to be clear about where you want to be when the music stops.

    But first, why is this cross-border dance happening at all?

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