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Wednesday, June 15, 2005

HVB Group-UniCredito merger

Heather Timmons, "2 European Giants Betting Banks Can Blur Borders," New York Times (natl. ed.), 15 June 2005, C6. Cross-border (German-Italian) bank merger.

Click here for the geneaology of the HVB Group. HVB = Hypo- und Vereinsbank or HypoVereinsbank, and its lineage extends back to the Bayerische Hypo- und Wechsel-Bank AG (1835). The HypoVereinsbank headquarters in Munich had rather extensive archival records, but when I worked in them in the late 1990s, there was a good possibility that the archive would be closed as a cost-cutting measure. Whether that has happened, I don't know, but it would be a significant loss for historians.

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