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ING Vysya-Kotak Mahindra Merger Gets RBI Approval

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The Rs 15,000 crore Kotak Mahindra Bank-ING Vysya Bank merger, creating India's fourth largest private sector lender, has received RBI approval and the rebranding process is already underway.
While the combined entity coming into existence, the complete amalgamation of operations and staff integration will happen over the course of one year.
After the merger, ING Vysya's around 547 bank branches will be re-branded as Kotak Mahindra Bank outlets.
From April 1, the customers of the ING Vysya Bank are getting cheque books and other facilities of Kotak Mahindra Bank, said Kotak Mahindra Bank CFO Jaimin Bhatt.
"The process of re-branded has already started and it will be complete in the reasonable timeframe," he told PTI.
The combined banking entity will have a network of 1,214 branches across the country.
Asked if the bank would look at branch rationalisation, Bhatt said that at the moment this is not looked, at but it would be done in the course of time if required in any of the location.
"The scheme of amalgamation (of Kotak Mahindra Bank and ING Vysya Bank) shall come into effect from April 1, 2015," Kotak Mahindra Bank said in a statement quoting RBI approval.
It got RBI approval for the merger on March 31.
Following the merger, all the tangible and intangible assets have been transferred to Kotak Mahindra Bank. ING Vysya had around 10,000 employees, while Kotak Bank has around 29,000.
"We estimate that complete integration would take place in the next 9-12 months," Bhatt said.
The merger deal between Kotak Mahindra and ING Vysya got the Competition Commission's approval in February.
In an order dated February 12, the CCI said that share of both entities in various relevant markets is "insignificant".
In this case, the regulator took into account multiple relevant markets including those for deposits, home loans, agricultural banking and card business.
This is the first amalgamation of a profit earning entity post global financial meltdown in 2008. Although two more mergers took place during this period but those were amalgamations under different circumstances.
In 2010, Bank of Rajasthan was merged with country's largest private sector lender ICICI Bank. Bank of Rajasthan was a loss making entity and its networth had turned negative.
A subsidiary of SBI, State Bank of Indore was merged with the parent in the same year. This was in continuation of the proposed policy of amalgamation of its subsidiaries over a period of time.