Business Case Studies, Mergers, Acquisitions and Takeovers Case Study, HVB's Merger with UniCredito, The Strategic Fit

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Case Title:

HVB's Merger with UniCredito : The Strategic Fit

Publication Year : 2005

Authors: Prakriti Chandan, Srinath Manda

Industry: Banking, Insurance and Financial Services


Case Code: MAA0042

Teaching Note: Not Available

Structured Assignment: Not Available

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UniCredito Italiano was formed in 1998 through the merger of seven local banks when the Italian banking sector was struggling to cut costs through consolidations. Having decided to expand into the Central and Eastern European markets, in June 2005, UniCredito acquired a German bank, HVB, marking the largest cross-border deal in European banking. After the acquisition, UniCredito's operations spanned across Europe with a market capitalisation of $51 billion. However, analysts opine that as Bayerische Hypo und Vereinsbank (HVB) has a track record of bad debts and corporate loans, the future of the merged bank is unpredictable.

Pedagogical Objectives:

  • To discuss the out come of the merger of the two banking behemoths in Europe.

Keywords : Consolidation of the European banking; Mergers,Acquisitions,Alliances Case Study;Italian banking sector; German banking sector; Cross border mergers; Amato law; Anti-usury law; Banking law; Alessandro Profumo; Central and Eastern European banking; S3 Project of UniCredito; Bad debts of Bayerische Hypo und Vereinsbank (HVB); Expansion through acquisitions; Bank Austria; Bank Pekao

Contents : 
About UniCredito and HVB
HVB’s Merger with UniCredito: The Strategic Fit
Formation of UniCredito Italiano S.p.A
Cooperation Agreements
Divisions of UniCredito
UnCredito’s Logos Before and After Merger
Important Regional Markets of UniCredito After the Merger

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