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/ 3 March 2008

Standard Bank has $2bn boost as ICBC deal closes

Standard Bank has received a R16-billion boost to its capital base after completion of a deal in which China’s biggest lender ICBC took a 20% stake, it said on Monday. International and Commercial Bank of China, the world’s biggest lender by assets, said in October last year it would pay ,5-billion for the stake in Standard Bank.

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/ 26 October 2007

China digs deeper into Africa with bank deal

China has served notice it is accelerating its investment drive in Africa towards full throttle with the planned ,6-billion cash purchase of a major stake in Standard Bank by Beijing’s biggest lender. China’s ICBC bank said on Thursday it is to buy 20% of Standard Bank, the biggest foreign acquisition by a Chinese commercial bank to date.