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Standard Chartered is to acquire Cazenove Asia, the corporate finance and institutional brokerage business with offices in Hong Kong, London, Singapore, China and the US, from JPMorgan Cazenove.
Standard Chartered is planning to expand its investment banking operation by increasing the 100 staff in its acquisitions and leveraged finance team by 25-30%.
Standard Chartered is to acquire American Express Bank of the US from American Express for £430m.
Standard Chartered is to acquire Pembroke Group, the Irish aircraft leasing, financing and management firm, from Medulla Asset Managers.
Standard Chartered is to acquire Harrison Lovegrove, the oil and gas advisory firm with 47 staff in London, Russia, Australia, Malaysia, Canada and the US, for undisclosed terms.
Standard Chartered is to acquire the London-based project finance business of Australia & New Zealand Banking Group.
Standard Chartered has bought 20twenty, the South African online bank, out of liquidation.
Standard Chartered is planning to open 23 bank branches in India this year, taking the total to 81.
Standard Chartered is looking to expand its retail banking and consumer debt operations in the Far East, and has confirmed plans to centralise its back-office processing and customer support functions at two hubs in India and Malaysia.
Standard Chartered has sold its Chartered Trust leasing and motor finance subsidiary to Lloyds TSB for £627m, and has also announced the acquisition of Chase Manhattan's credit card business in Hong Kong for £825m.
Standard Chartered is to acquire banking group Grindlays from its Australian parent ANZ for £823m, in order to become the leading international bank in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.
Standard Chartered is to acquire the non-Swiss trade finance business of UBS for £130m, in order to strengthen its position in Latin America and Asia.