HSBC is continuing its progress towards acquiring the sixth biggest lender in South Korea, KEB, as it signs an agreement with the labour union.
The bank has already offered USD6.3 billion to KEB for a controlling interest, with this offer set to expire at the end of July. The HSBC has promised to retain all the staff and identity of the Korean bank and is hopeful that this latest agreement with the union will enable them to move forwards.
HSBC has always been seen as a global bank and this latest position highlights that fact. The bank really understands the needs of different cultures, aided by the fact that they work with the existing staff.