Brazil’s Itau Unibanco in talks with Banco Macro to sell Argentina ops

Brazil’s largest private lender Itau Unibanco is in talks with Banco Macro SA to sell its operations in Argentina, the lender said on Tuesday, a move that comes as the neighboring country grapples with a severe economic crisis.

Itau disclosed the “preliminary talks” in a securities filing, touting Macro as “one of the main private banks in Argentina with an extensive network of branches,” but noted that no binding agreement had been reached so far.

Itau’s operations in Argentina are moderately sized in terms of personnel and branches, but its loan portfolio in the country is relatively small when compared with other markets such as Chile and Colombia.

By ia Reuters

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