Wednesday, Nov 18th, 2009
Chinese and U.S. regulators are negotiating a pact aimed at encouraging Chinese financial institutions to buy into small and medium-sized banks in the United States, bankers briefed on the plan said on Tuesday.
Chinese bankers have complained that it’s been difficult for them to set up branches or invest in banks in the world’s leading economy, due partly to U.S. regulators’ tough supervision and strict approval process for financial deals.
But the global financial landscape has been revamped by the credit crisis, and cash-rich Chinese banks are now bigger players on the world scene and are scouting around for investment targets.
To illustrate the global shake-down, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China is now the world’s biggest bank by market value, while Citigroup [C 4.24 0.06 (+1.44%)], once the world’s No.1 bank, is worth the same as a second-tier commercial bank in China.
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This article was posted: Wednesday, November 18, 2009 at 5:18 am