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Bahrain's GFH sells remaining 18 pct of Leeds United

A Dubai-based subsidiary of Islamic investment bank GFH Financial Group has sold its remaining 18 % stake in English football club Leeds United, ending nearly 4 years of Middle Eastern involvement in the club. GFH Capital sold the stake to Eleonora Sport, operated by Italian businessman Massimo Cellino. Eleonora now owns 100 % of the club, Leeds United said.

GFH bought Leeds United in December 2012 but within months began looking for new investment in the club, and in 2014 Cellino bought a majority stake in it. GFH Financial did not reveal the price at which it sold its remaining stake but said the deal would reflect positively on its financials and liquidity for 2016. Crippled during the global credit crisis in 2008, GFH Financial went through several debt restructurings but has resumed expanding in the financial services sector. In August it signed a memorandum of understanding to buy most of Bahrain's Bank Al Khair.

Bahrain’s Khaleeji Commercial, Bank Al Khair Drop Merger Plans

Bahrain’s Khaleeji Commercial Bank and unlisted Bank Al Khair have dropped their plan to merge after failing to agree on terms. The primary reason for this decision is due to the non-agreement on the structure and the valuation of the deal. The two lenders had been in talks since June last year. The decision to call off the merger was reportedly mutual and the two banks will continue to maintain a close business relationship. Mergers in the Gulf banking sector are rare as powerful local shareholders are often unwilling to give up controlling positions except for vastly inflated valuations.

Khaleeji Commercial Bank, Bank Al Khair form merger committee

The two entities signed an MoU on the potential merger and a steering committee of senior representatives from both parties has been formed. Subsequently, a service provider was appointed to undertake valuation of both entities. KHCB has also appointed an advisor to assist it. Valuations and preliminary due diligence is expected to be completed within two months.

Bahrain's Khaleeji Commercial Bank And Bank Al Khair In Merger Talks

Khaleeji Commercial Bank and Bank Al Khair, a pair of Bahraini banks, are in talks over a potential merger. The banks have signed an agreement to explore the feasibility of a merger and are forming a steering committee to do due diligence and execute the deal. The proposed tie-up between Khaleeji, an Islamic bank founded in 2004 and listed on the Bahrain bourse, and Bank Al Khair, an Islamic investment bank, comes amid a wave of talks among Bahraini lenders. Three small Bahraini banks completed a merger in January, and Bahrain's Al Salam Bank and BMI Bank are currently pursuing a merger.

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