Allianz Sells Private Bank OLB to Apollo for 300M Euros

6/26/17

German insurer Allianz (ALVG.DE) said it had agreed to sell its 90 percent stake in private bank Oldenburgische Landesbank (OLB) (OLBG.F) to U.S. private equity firm Apollo (APO.N) for 300 million euros ($336 million).

Apollo, which is consolidating the northern German banking market and has also signaled interest in HSH Nordbank, said it would attach OLB to its Bremer Kreditbank, which it bought in 2014.

Allianz, which announced the sale agreement on Friday, had said last September it was exploring options for OLB, Germany’s largest regional private bank by assets. It acquired OLB as part of Dresdner Bank in 2001 and had said was no longer of strategic importance.

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