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Competition watchdog to probe BoI’s KBC deal
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20 Oct 2021 / regulation Print

Competition watchdog to probe BoI’s KBC deal

The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) has decided to carry out a full investigation into Bank of Ireland’s proposed acquisition of some of KBC Bank Ireland’s assets and liabilities.

The decision to initiate a Phase 2 probe comes after a preliminary investigation.

The commission will now examine whether the proposed deal could lead to a substantial lessening of competition in the State.

KBC withdrawal

The watchdog said that it had received a number of third-party submissions during the Phase 1 investigation, and that it would accept any further submissions by 4.30pm on Wednesday, 10 November.

The two banks said in April that they had entered into a memorandum of understanding ”to explore a route that could potentially lead to a transaction whereby Bank of Ireland commits to acquire substantially all of KBC Bank Ireland’s performing loan assets and liabilities”.

KBC later announced a deal to sell its non-performing mortgage portfolio, a move that it said would ultimately lead to its withdrawal from the Irish market.

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