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In Play Today: Potential deal activity in the EMEA financial sector through Sept. 23

S&PGlobal Market Intelligence presents In Play Today, a periodic summary ofpotential deal activity in the financial sectors of Europe, the Middle East andAfrica. This summary, which is displayed according to where a target'sheadquarters is located, is based on information obtained by S&P GlobalMarket Intelligence and may not be inclusive of all potential deal activity. 


*UniCredit SpA pickedfour potentialbidders for Pioneer Global AssetManagement SpA and granted them access to the unit's balance sheetahead of a saleplanned for later in 2016. AmundiSA, Generali and a Poste Italiane SpA-led consortium are reportedly threeof the four selected bidders. AXAis seen as the fourth bidder, according to the sources.

*  entered intoexclusive negotiations with Raiffeisen Bank International AG to acquire the latter'sRaiffeisen-Leasing PolskaSA unit. Meanwhile, Alior Bank SA confirmed that it an offer for RBI's .

*Intesa Sanpaolo SpAis reportedly close to finalizing a €150 million to €180 million deal to takefull ownership of Banca ITBSpA.  

* Old MutualPlc is reportedly considering selling its U.K. wealth management unit rather thanproceed with plans for an IPO.

*German savings banks SparkasseWitten and SparkasseBochum will start talks about a possible merger.

*Investbank AD; aconsortium consisting of insurer Lev Ins AD and Kerbler Holding GmbH; ZaghloulHoldings – Egyptian Engineers Group; a consortium made up of Hanson HoldingsLux sarl and Eurofinance AD; Transact Europe Holdings OOD; ;D Commerce Bank AD;and Bulgarian Telecommunication Company EAD are interested in , a unitof collapsed Bulgarian lender Corporate Commercial Bank AD.

*Guernsey-registered Freedom Private Capital Funds PCC Ltd. reportedly sent arequest to Russia's Federal Antimonopoly Service to approve the of a 100% stake in MDMAsset Management, controlled by B&NBank (PJSC).

*Standard CharteredPlc is reportedly considering a management buyout of Standard CharteredPrivate Equity.

*SVG Capital plc saidits board considers an unsolicited offer from HarbourVest Partners LLC's indirectly owned investmentvehicle HarbourVest Structured Solutions III LP to be too low and that thecompany has received approaches from several other parties.

*Phoenix GroupHoldings confirmedthat it is in advanced discussions with Deutsche Bank AG regarding the possible acquisition ofthe German bank's Abbey LifeAssurance Company Ltd.

*German lenders Kölner BankeG and Volksbank BonnRhein-Sieg eG will start talks about a possible .

*Partners Group AGreportedly joinedforces with a Sustainable Development Capital LLP-led consortium in thelatter's bid forUK Green Investment BankPlc.

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*Banco Santander SA issaid to be the solebidder remaining for Citigroup Inc.'s consumer banking operations inArgentina andBrazil. The companieshave yet to sign a definitive agreement.