HSBC in 'final talks' to sell French retail unit for €1: reports

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HSBC's French retail subsidiary is currently the subject of a final round of negotiations which could see the bank sold for the symbolic value of just €1, according to reports. Reuters reported last night that one un-named interested party has stipulated the British bank must first inject more than €500m into the struggling business before any deal is completed. Accountants Lazard are advising HSBC on the process of selling HSBC France, which consists of around 270 branches and a staff of around 10,000.  One of the two buyers believed to remain at the table is Cerberus, an American...

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Christopher Copper-Ind is editor-in-chief of International Investment. Before this, he was editorial director of The Business Year, from 2014 to 2017.