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CaixaBank buys Bankpime’s banking and fund management business

Barcelona-based CaixaBank, the private bank of ‘La Caixa’, will pay 16 million euros for the purchase of both businesses. Bankpime is a bank for small and medium-sized companies. CaixaBank will control a total volume of 1,200 million euros. CaixaBank will buy Bankpime’s credit investment portfolio -which is worth 363 million euros-, the fund management business –with some 400 million euros traded, the 19 branches of the bank, and client deposits worth some 436 million euros.

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30 September 2011 10:28 PM

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Barcelona (ACN).- CaixaBank announced on Friday that it has reached an agreement to buy Bankpime\u2019s banking and fund management business for 16 million euros. In total, the operation will bring an additional business volume of some 1.200 million euros to CaixaBank, according to the Catalan bank. They believe the purchase will bring added value to some of the activities in which La Caixa has put its commercial priorities: investment funds, insurance products and corporate banking. CaixaBank is Catalonia\u2019s largest financial institution; it is the private bank created after the restructuring process of Barcelona-based savings bank \u2018La Caixa\u2019, which was in early 2010 the largest savings bank in Europe and the third biggest financial institution in Spain.


CaixaBank will buy the fund management and banking businesses of Bankpime for 16 million euros. The fist business consists of around 400 million euros of fund management, as well as 363 million euros of a credit investment portfolio. According to CaixaBank, these funds \u201Cwill reinforce the excellent evolution of Invercaixa\u201D.

Bankpime\u2019s banking business, which is mainly targeting small and medium-sized companies, has 436 million euros in deposits and a network of 19 branches. In addition, some 100 Bankpime staff will be maintained in their positions. CaixaBank stated through a press release that Bankpime\u2019s clients will have more services available being part of CaixaBank.

The operation needs to be approved by regulation authorities. In addition, Bankpime\u2019s General Assembly has to approve selling those businesses. Bankpime\u2019s three main shareholders, which control 73% of the capital, have already engaged to vote in favour of Caixabank\u2019s operation.

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  • A Bankpime branch in Barcelona's Pau Claris Street (by O. Campuzano)

  • A Bankpime branch in Barcelona's Pau Claris Street (by O. Campuzano)