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March 27, 2014

Barclays, China Development Bank Ink New Pact

“State-owned China Development Bank, which does the bidding of Beijing, will team up with Barclays BARC.LN PLC in a wide-ranging deal under which the British lender will offer services to the Chinese bank around the world.

“Stock and bond sales, foreign-exchange trading, day-to-day commercial banking and staff training are among the areas covered by the agreement—as is helping CDB buy overseas assets. Barclays is strong in Europe, the U.S. and most significantly in Africa, where Chinese state-backed companies have been ramping up as part of a government-backed push to secure resources, particularly energy and minerals.

“We will show them ideas, targets and also financing structures so that CDB will be able to buy the target,” said Philip Tsao, managing director and head of global finance and risk solutions for Greater China at Barclays. “It is for Barclays and CDB a pretty significant step forward.”

“CDB began more than two decades ago as one of three “policy lenders” that provided funds to state companies whose actions were aligned with government policy. With Barclays as a partner, CDB’s overseas reach comes full circle. Its first international move away from lending to state-owned firms came with its 2007 acquisition of a 3.1% stake in Barclays, to finance the U.K. bank’s ultimately unsuccessful bid for ABN Amro Holding. That stake has been diluted over the years and is now just over 1%.”

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