(Adds RBS comment)
July 17 State-backed Royal Bank of Scotland
Group Plc is shuttering a distressed-debt unit as it
continues to shrink its investment bank, Bloomberg reported,
citing three people familiar with the matter.
However, an RBS spokeswoman told Reuters that the lender was
merely scaling back the division, not shutting it down.
"We are materially reducing our special situations desk,"
the spokeswoman said, adding that RBS had already announced as
much in May.
Distressed debt involves the purchase of the debt of
companies in or near bankruptcy at a deep discount.
RBS has been shrinking its investment banking and
international operations, giving in to demands from politicians
that it focus on lending to British households and businesses,
sources told Reuters in February.
(Reporting by Richa Naidu in Bangalore; Editing by Steve
Orlofsky and Lisa Shumaker)