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God Father


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UNION BANK - Ownership change requires approval Scree176

- Union Bank of Colombo (UBC) recently disclosed the change of majority ownership via CSE.
- As per the Section 12 of the Banking Act, Majority shareholders are required to obtain approval of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka.
- No KYC (Know Your Client) of the new owner who claimed to be a billionaire from Nepal.
- No Foreign currency inflow or direct foreign investment into Sri Lanka by Nepali billionaire Binod Chaudhary or his companies.
- Former Chairman/Director Alex Lovell has arranged the sale and acted in concert with current and new owners by changing ownership of the Bank via sale of shell companies established in Singapore.
- Minority shareholders are concerned about the ownership change and possible evasion of the mandatory offer.
- CSE and SEC silent on mandatory offer requirement


Section 12 of the Banking Act, new shareholders of the Union Bank Colombo (UBC) is required to obtain approval from the Central Bank and the Monetary Board for the change of ownership.

According to the Banking Act (BANKING ACT, NO. 30 OF 1988) of Sri Lanka no individual, partnership or corporate body shall, either directly or indirectly or through a nominee or acting in concert with any other individual, partnership or corporate body, acquire a material interest in a licensed commercial bank incorporated or established within Sri Lanka by or under any written law without the prior written approval of the Monetary Board given with the concurrence of the Minister.

Section 12 (1C) of the Banking Act
UNION BANK - Ownership change requires approval Scree177

Link to the Banking Act
https://www.cbsl.gov.lk/sites/default/files/cbslweb_documents/laws/acts/en/BankingAct30_1988.pdf

Acting in Concert
Alex Lovell was appointed to Union Bank board in 2007 as a Non-Executive Director and was appointed as Deputy Chairman in December 2010. He was appointed as Chairman in May 2012 until November 2014. According to sources Alex Lovell has acted in concert with the new buyers CPG Capital and the former owners TPG in carrying the sale of the majority shareholding via a series of shell companies established in Singapore.

Applicability of Takeover and Merger Code
According to the Takeover and Merger Code of Sri Lanka "take-over" means a transaction or series of transactions whereby an individual or a company acquires control over the assets of a company either directly by becoming the owner of those assets or indirectly by obtaining control of the management of the company.

https://www.sec.gov.lk/asset/pdf/Takeovers-Code-1995-amended-2003.pdf

TPG exits from Union Bank of Colombo
TPG Asia VI SF Ltd., has exited from the controlling ownership of the Union Bank of Colombo, as per a filing to the Colombo Stock Exchange. TPG Sells out from Culture Financial Holdings which owns 71% in Lankan bank; CG Capital Partners Global of S’pore is new owner

TPG held 100% stake in Culture Financial Holdings Ltd. of Singapore which in turn holds 71% stake in UBOC. TPG has entered into a share sale and purchase agreement for the sale of the entirety of the shares held by TPG Asia VI SF Ltd. in Culture Financial Holdings Ltd. to CG Capital Partners Global ltd. a private company incorporated under the laws of Singapore.

The completion of the transaction is subject to several conditions’ precedent, including regulatory approvals, according to the filing by UBOC to the CSE.

According to industry sources, the advisor to the TPG on this deal was Asia Securities. UBOC share yesterday gained by one rupee or 13.3% to close at Rs. 8.50. The public float of UBOC is 29% held by 29,000 shareholders as at 30 September 2022.

https://www.ft.lk/front-page/TPG-exits-from-Union-Bank-of-Colombo/44-742586

Beyondsenses

Beyondsenses
Senior Manager - Equity Analytics
Senior Manager - Equity Analytics


October, 25, 2023


UNION BANK - Ownership change requires approval Nepalese-billionaire-Binod-Chaundhary-Union-Bank
TPG Asia VI Pte Ltd විසින් තමන් යටතේ පැවති Culture Financial Holdings Ltd සමාගමේ හිමිකාරීත්වය සම්පූර්ණයෙන් අලෙවි කිරීමට කටයුතු කර තිබේ.
Culture Financial Holdings Ltd යනු මෙරට ලැයිස්තුගත වාණිජ බැංකුවක් වන යූනියන් බැංකුවේ ප්‍රධාන කොටස්කරුවා යි. යූනියන් බැංකුවේ කොටස් ප්‍රාග්ධනයෙන් 70.84% ක අයිතිය ඇත්තේ Culture Financial Holdings Ltd සතුවය.
මෙලෙස TPG Asia VI Pte Ltd විසින් අලෙවි කළ Culture Financial Holdings Ltd හිමිකාරීත්වය මිල දී ගෙන ඇත්තේ CG Capital Partners Global Pte Ltd සමාගමයි. CG Capital Partners Global සිංගප්පූරුවේ සංස්ථාපිත සමාගමකි.

මේ අනුව Culture Financial Holdings Ltd හි කොටස් හිමිකාරීත්වය හරහා යූනියන් බැංකුවේ ප්‍රධාන කොටස් හිමියා බවට මේ වන විට CG Capital Partners Global Pte Ltd සමාගම පත්ව ඇත.
CG Corp Global (CG) යනු ආසියාවේ ප්‍රමුඛතම සමාගම් සමූහයක් වන අතර ලොව පුරා සමාගම් 160කට අධික සංඛ්‍යාවක් සහ 15,000කට අධික සේවක සංඛ්‍යාවකින් යුත් ගෝලීය වෙළඳපොලේ සන්නාම 123කට එය හිමිකම් කියනු ලබයි.
බැංකු සහ මූල්‍ය, සත්කාරක, සිමෙන්ති, ජල විදුලිය, විදුලි සංදේශ සහ අධ්‍යාපනය වැනි බොහෝ කර්මාන්තවලනිරත මෙම සමූහය නේපාලයේ මූල්‍ය සේවා කර්මාන්තයේ ප්‍රමුඛතම තරඟකරුවෙකි. නේපාල ව්‍යාපාර වස්තු හුවමාරුවේ ලැයිස්තුගත විශාලතම බැංකුව වන Nabil Bank හි විශාලතම කොටස්කරුවා වන්නේ ද  CG Corp Global (CG) සමාගමයි.
CG Corp Global (CG) සභාපති ආචාර්ය බිනෝද් චෞදරි මහතා මෙම වසර මුල දී ශ්‍රී ලංකාවට පැමිණි අතර ඔහු එහි දී ලංකා ආයෝජන මණ්ඩලයේ නිලධාරීන් සමඟ හමුවකට එක්විය.
UNION BANK - Ownership change requires approval Binod-Chaudhary
නේපාලයේ සිටින එකම ඩොලර් බිලියනපතියා වන බිනෝද් චෞදරි මහතා ගේ මුළු වත්කම්වල වටිනාකම ඩොලර් බිලියන 1.5 ක් ලෙසින් ගණන් බලා ඇත. Forbes වාර්තාවලට අනුව බිනෝද් චෞදරි මහතා ලොව ධනවත්ම පුද්ගලයින්ගේ ලැයිස්තුවේ 1,851 වැනියා වේ.
මෙය ශ්‍රී ලංකා මූල්‍ය සේවා කර්මාන්තයේ සිදුකෙරුනු ප්‍රධාන ආයෝජනයක් බවත්, යූනියන් බැංකුවට නව සංධිස්ථානයක් කරා ළඟා වීමට මේ හරහා විශාල හැකියාවක් ලැබෙනු ඇති බවත්, මෙම ව්‍යාපාර අත්පත් කර ගැනීම පිළිබඳව අදහස් දක්වමින් ආචාර්ය බිනෝද් චෞදරි මහතා පැවසීය. “ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ ප්‍රමුඛතම වාණිජ බැංකු අතරට යූනියන් බැංකුව ගෙන ඒම සඳහා අපි උපායමාර්ගික වර්ධන ප්‍රවේශයක් ගනිමින් සිටිනවා. මෙම ව්‍යාපාරික පුළුල් කිරීම තුළ ඉදිරියේ දී තවදුරටත් ව්‍යාපාර ඒකාබද්ධ කිරීම් හා අත්පත්කර ගැනීම් දැකගනු හැකිවනු ඇත“, යනුවෙන් ඔහු වැඩිදුරටත් කියා සිටියේය.

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