Serbia Clears MTS Banka, Postanska Stedionica Merger

Serbia’s competition authority announced that it gave the green light to the integration of lender MTS banka, fully owned by state-owned Telekom Srbija, into state-run lender Banka Postanska Stedionica.

The concentration of market participants resulting from the integration of MTS banka into Banka Postanska Stedionica was approved in a simplified procedure, the competition watchdog said in a notice posted on its website.

Banka Postanska Stedionica and MTS banka submitted a notification of concentration to the competition regulator on February 12, the watchdog stated.

The Serbian state owns a 79% stake in the capital of Banka Postanska Stedionica, state-run post operator Posta Srbije controls 19.95%, while the remainder is controlled by the country’s pension fund and the state-owned development fund.

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