State Street drops out of bidding for Credit Suisse ETF unit

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Published December 18, 2012

| Reuters

State Street Global Advisors has dropped out of the bidding for Credit Suisse's $17.34 billion European exchange-traded fund business, according to two sources familiar with the situation.

As first reported by Reuters, BlackRock Inc and State Street Global Advisors, the money management arm of State Street Corp , were among the first round of bidders for Credit Suisse's European ETF business in early October.

The investment banking arm of Credit Suisse is representing the parent company on the deal, sources said.

BlackRock is still looking at the business. It could not be determined if other bidders are competing with BlackRock, according to the sources, who declined to be named because the talks are confidential.

Spokeswomen for Credit Suisse, State Street and BlackRock declined to comment.

Credit Suisse's decision to sell its ETF business comes as the company is closing or reducing other parts of its business to raise capital to meet new regulatory requirements.

Earlier this year, Credit Suisse said it was accelerating cuts in some of its asset management operations.

(Reporting by Jessica Toonkel; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe)

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