BNP Paribas Sells Panamanian Assets to Scotiabank

French bank BNP Paribas announced it will sell its assets in Panama, Bahamas and the Cayman Islands to Scotiabank group.

Monday, April 5, 2010

The transaction must still be approved by the competent authorities, and could be completed by the third quarter of 2010. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

The transaction will optimally preserve employment locally and ensure that clients will continue to be provided with high-quality service. Scotiabank is Canada's most international bank and a premier multi-national financial institution. Scotiabank has offered personal and commercial financial services in Panama since 1974, the Cayman Islands since 1968 and The Bahamas since 1956. This transaction will make Scotiabank one of the largest wealth management providers in Panama.



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