SBI consolidation exempt from CCI approval

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State Bank of India (SBI) will not need fair trade regulator Competition Commission of India (CCI)’s approval for merging 5 associates and Bhartiya Mahila Bank (BMB) with itself, a move that will create a global sized bank with an asset base of Rs. 30 lakh crore.
According to the amendment to the Competition Act, consolidation in the banking sector space is exempt from the approval of CCI.
Last week, the board of SBI approved scheme of merger of five associate lenders State Bank of Bikaner & Jaipur (SBBJ), State Bank of Mysore (SBM), State Bank of Travancore (SBT) and Bharatiya Mahila Bank (BMB) with itself while protecting the interest of the existing staff.
The consolidated entity will add Rs. 8 lakh crore (about USD 120 billion) to SBI’s assets and consolidated entity will get catapulted into the top 50 banks globally.
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