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--Italy's UniCredit has approached investment bankers and other advisors for advice on a potential takeover bid of Commerzbank, Reuters reports, citing unnamed sources.
--The Italian lender has engaged the investment bank Lazard including its banker Joerg Asmussen, a former German deputy finance minister, as well as JPMorgan on the matter, Reuters says, noting the timing of a potential bid remains unclear.
--UniCredit's management has "long been interested" in expanding its operations in Germany, Reuters reports, citing the sources.
--At 1357 GMT, shares of Commerzbank traded 4.4% higher on the takeover reports.
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May 14, 2019 10:13 ET (14:13 GMT)
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