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FSA investigates RBS acquisition of ABN Amro

Shares fall on announcement of FSA probe into the bank's purchase of ABN Amro

The Financial Services Authority is investigating the details over the Royal
Bank of Scotland’s acquisition of ABN Amro for €14.3bn (£12.43bn) which was
largely blamed for the banks downfall.

RBS made the announcement of the investigation, which is to have a particular
focus on how the bank raised the capital, in its interim results released this
month, the
Financial
Times
reported.

A footnote read: ‘In April 2009 the FSA notified the group that it was
commencing a supervisory review of the acquisition of ABN Amro in 2007 and the
2008 capital raisings.’

‘The group and its subsidiaries are cooperating fully with this review’ it
added.

The ABN acquisition was largely blamed for both the £12bn rights issue needed
by RBS and its subsequent bailout by the government.

The government pumped £20bn into the Edinburgh-based bank and now owns 70% of
it.

The acquisition was undertaken by former chief executive Fred Goodwin, who
was ousted last year.

On the back of the FSA investigation announcement yesterday, shares in RBS
fell by 1.26p.

The shares are currently trading at 90% less than their peak in 2007, around
550p, and were on sale for 44.89p by 12:30pm yesterday.

Further reading:

FSA
reviews RBS purchase of ABN Amro

PwC called in for RBS probe

RBS’s Guy Whittaker walks amid regulator probe

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