Competition Council Approves Intesa Sanpaolo Bank’s First Bank Acquisition


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The Competition Council authorized the transaction by which Intesa Sanpaolo SpA intends to take over First Bank SA, according to a press release from the competition authority.

Following the analysis, the Competition Council found that this operation does not raise significant obstacles to effective competition on the Romanian market or on a substantial part of it and that there are no serious doubts regarding its compatibility with a normal competitive environment.
The press release states that the decision will be published on the website of the national competition authority, after the removal of confidential information.
Intesa Sanpaolo SpA is mainly active in the financial-banking field, being the parent company of the Intesa Sanpaolo group. The Intesa Group is present in Romania through the Romanian subsidiary, Banca Comercială Intesa Sanpaolo România SA.
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