Bidding for Finansbank
Because of the deepening Greek crisis, in October 2015, National Bank of Greece (NBG) was required to sell one of its most valuable assets, Finansbank, the eight largest Turkish bank. There were three potential buyers: Garanti Bank. Turkey's second largest private bank, which was owned by the Spanish bank BBVA; Qatar National Bank, with a strong footprint in in the Middle East; and a private equity consortium led by Finansbank's previous owner and founder Husnu Ozyegin. Each of these potential buyers had different motivations for the purchase. NBG's motivations were to obtain the highest price and to close the deal as quickly as possible. The identity of the winning bidder would be critically important to the to the future of Finansbank and its employees. Who is likely to the bidding and will the winner be best for Finansbank's future?