FRANKFURT Nov 22 Sberbank, Russia's
biggest bank, is in discussions over financing a takeover of oil
company TNK-BP by state-controlled Rosneft,
the lender's Chief Executive German Gref said.
Banking sources last week said that Rosneft was receiving
banks' initial commitments to a $32.5 billion loan to back its
$55 billion acquisition of TNK-BP.
"We are in consultations with Rosneft and if they have such
a need we can discuss it (financing). But we don't have any
specific plans at the moment," Gref told journalists on
Rosneft is set to become the world's top listed crude oil
producer after it pulls off the biggest deal in Russia's
corporate history by snapping up TNK-BP, the No.3 domestic crude