Citigroup bows out of Wachovia talks . . . finally

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The Wall Street Journal is reporting this evening that Citigroup, because of what I suspect was its own negotiating faux pas, is now throwing in the towel on talks with Wells Fargo over the purchase of at least part of Wachovia Bank:

Why is Judge Ramos pushing a Wachovia-Citigroup marriage?

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Under ordinary circumstances, a fight between Citigroup and Wells Fargo over Wachovia would be a good thing, benefiting Wachovia’s shareholders by pitting two prospective buyers against each other in a bidding war. Hence this Sunday statement by Wachovia: “Wachovia believes its agreement with Wells Fargo is proper, valid and is in the best interest of […]

Wachovia responds: Citigroup violated confidentiality agreement

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Citigroup appears to have even less of a claim on Wachovia than I previously thought, on the basis of transaction documents posted late Sunday night by the New York Times (copy below the jump). The documents include an affidavit of Wachovia CEO Robert Steele and the Wachovia-Wells Fargo merger agreement. It appears, from these documents […]