W&G Investments is bidding for the branches RBS has to sell by 2014 to comply with EU rules.
Bloomberg News reports that the firm, backed by 13 fund managers and hedge funds, is offering $2.3 billion for the 315 branches, the Sunday Times reported yesterday, without saying where it got the information.
A London-based W&G spokeswoman confirmed the plan to bid in an e-mail, without giving further details. A spokeswoman for RBS declined to comment.
RBS has to sell the outlets after receiving $71bn in the biggest banking bailout in the world in 2008 and 2009. Banco Santander abandoned its $2.6bn planned purchase of the branches in October, citing completion delays.
W&G, led by Andy Higginson, former finance director at Tesco Plc, will raise $23.5m in an initial public offering this week to finance its preparation for the deal, the Sunday Times reported. It’s competing with two rival private-equity bids, according to the report.
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