The Acquisition of ABN AMRO (A)

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Mergers / Acquisitions / Strategic Alliances
Case Length : 20 Pages
Period : 2007
Pub Date : 2009
Teaching Note : Not Available
Organization : ABN AMRO / Royal Bank of Scotland / Fortis / Banco Santander Central Hispano
Industry : Banking / Financial Services
Countries : UK, Belgium, Spain, The Netherlands


The case discusses the acquisition of ABN AMRO by a consortium of three banks - Royal Bank of Scotland, Fortis and Banco Santander Central Hispano. The case examines in detail the bidding war between the consortium and another contender Barclays. Both the parties were keen on acquiring ABN AMRO and went on increasing the bid amount. Ultimately, after a six-month battle, the consortium emerged the winner, after it agreed to pay US$ 100 billion in what was touted as the biggest acquisition in the European banking sector. The case also discusses in detail the financial aspects of the deal and the challenges the consortium members could face in integrating the different divisions of ABN AMRO into their own operations.


Study the rationale for the acquisition of ABN AMRO.
Analyze the bidding war between the consortium and Barclays.
Examine the benefits the consortium members could derive from the acquisition.
Understand how the acquisition of ABN AMRO was financed.


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Introduction 1
Background Note 2
Consortium Vs Barclays 5
Financing the Acquisition 6
The Integration Efforts 7
The Benefits and Challenges 8
Exhibits 11


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