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Nordea and DNB join forces in the Baltics

Nordea and DNB have entered into an agreement to combine their operations in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

“Combining knowledge of the Baltic market, close cooperation with our customers and developments in digital banking, Nordea has over the years built a solid and successful bank in the Baltic region with a strong position as number three in the Baltics. Now it is time to take the next step and build for the future. Together we will have the scale, stronger geographic presence and broader product offering enabling us to become the main bank for customers in the Baltics,” said Inga Skisaker, Nordea’s head of banking Baltic vountries.

In the Baltics, Nordea has built a strong position within the large corporate segment whereas DNB is strong in the SME segment.

Nordea’s and DNB’s Baltic operations have 1,.300 and 1,800 employees and EUR8bn and EUR5bn in assets respectively.

“Scale is key in banking today, with larger banks having more efficient use of resources. The new bank will be better equipped to counter increasing competition in the region and capitalise on scale in order to become the main bank for more businesses, customers and partners in the Baltics,” said DNB’s head of the Baltic division, Mats Wermelin.

Nordea and DNB will have equal voting rights over the combined bank, while having different economic ownership levels that reflect the relative equity value of their contribution to the combined bank at the time of closing. The transaction is conditional upon regulatory approvals and conditions, and is expected to close around Q2 2017.

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Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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