In Kuwait Al Ahli Bank gets Kuwaiti regulator nod to buy Piraeus Bank Egypt

It will pay $150 million cash for a 98.5 percent stake in the unit, a deal which will support the regional expansion plans of Kuwait's seventh-largest bank by assets and give the Greek lender a much-needed boost to liquidity.

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The logo of Piraeus Bank is seen outside one of its branches in Bucharest April 18, 2013. REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel play The logo of Piraeus Bank is seen outside one of its branches in Bucharest April 18, 2013. REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel (Reuters)
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Kuwait's Al Ahli Bank received approval from the Gulf state's central bank to buy Piraeus Bank's Egyptian unit, it said on Monday.

Al Ahli Bank was still waiting for assent from Egypt's central bank for the deal, it said in a bourse filing.

It will pay $150 million cash for a 98.5 percent stake in the unit, a deal which will support the regional expansion plans of Kuwait's seventh-largest bank by assets and give the Greek lender a much-needed boost to liquidity.

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