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In Play Today: Potential deal activity in EMEA financial sector through May 6

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.

Europe

*OJSC Commercial BankPoidem! and National Savings Bank have been put on , with interested partiesasked to submit bids by June 17. BANK ROSSIYSKY CAPITAL (PJSC) is reportedly interestedin Poidem Bank. The initial asking price amounts to 771.9 million Russianrubles for Poidem and 306.7 million rubles for National Savings Bank.

*Spanish bank restructuring fund FROB and the European Commission are said to bediscussing apotential merger of BankiaSA and Banco MareNostrum SA.

*Bank of New York MellonCorp. is in talks to buy DBV-X, a London-based electronic repotrading venue, which was a part of Compagnie Financière Tradition SA.

*Barclays Plcstarted exclusivenegotiations with AnaCapFinancial Partners LLP for a potential sale of the former's retailbanking operations in France. Barclays CEO Jes Staley said the transaction,once completed, would effectively conclude the bank's exit from continentalEuropean branch-based retail banking.

*Intesa Sanpaolo SpAis said to be in final discussions regarding the sale of payments unit Setefito Istituto Centrale delle BanchePopolari Italiane SpA. The sale price could reach €1 billion.

*Arthur J. Gallagher &Co. unit Compass, a U.K.-based broker network, is with its parent apossible management buyout to create an independent network.

Rest of the world

* Barclays an accelerated bookbuildingprocess to sell 103.6 million ordinary shares, or a 12.2% stake, in andAtlas Mara Ltd. isdiscussing with aconsortium of investors comprising Atlas Merchant Capital and the Mara Group apotential acquisition of Barclays' 62.3% stake in Barclays. Atlas Merchant andCarlyle Group LP werealso said to be looking at making a joint offer for Barclays Africa Group.

*HSBC Holdings Plc islooking to sell itsLebanese unit, which comprises a corporate banking business, three retailbranches and about 200 employees. The British bank is said to be in talks withseveral local lenders, including BLOM BANK SAL.

*Bank al Etihad isleading a consortium that sent a letter of intent to to expressinterest in thelatter's 40% stake in MESC Investment PSC, which in turn owns 52% of .

*Bank Sohar SAOG isstudying the terms ofa merger presented by BankDhofarSAOG.