Standard Chartered offloads entire stake in Vietnam’s ACB

British bank Standard Chartered has transferred its entire holding in Asia Commercial Bank, commonly known as ACB, wrapping up a 12-year relationship with one of Vietnam’s largest private banks. Standard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong) Limited and its subsidiary, Standard Chartered APR Limited, have offloaded a total of 154 million shares of ABC, making a complete exit from the Vietnamese bank. Standard Chartered APR Limited transferred 89.9 million, or 8.75 percent of ACB’s capital, to Estes Investment Ltd and Sather Gate Investment Ltd, the Vietnam News Agency said, citing an announcement by the Vietnam Depository Securities Center. Standard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong) Limited sold 64.2 million shares, or a 6.25 percent stake, to three investment companies, Boardwalk South Ltd, Whistler Investment Ltd and Estes Investment Ltd. As these four companies are also foreign entities, the current foreign ownership of ACB remains unchanged following the Standard Chartered exit. People are seen at an ACB transaction office in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tuoi Tre The disinvestment came as no surprise, with the British bank having already signaled plans to remove its representative from the ACB board of directors and to withdraw its 15 percent stake in the Vietnamese lender in March 2016. The disinvestment is part of the British lender’s bigger plan to withdraw from the Asian market. At an ACB shareholder meeting in April last year, representatives from both Standard Chartered Bank and ACB told stakeholders that the Vietnamese lender no longer needed support from the British bank as it could… [Read full story]

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