September 27, 2013 / 1:28 PM / in 4 years

ANZ, Singapore's United Overseas eye Hong Kong's Wing Hang Bank - WSJ

Sept 27 (Reuters) - Singapore’s United Overseas Bank Ltd and Australia & New Zealand Banking Group Ltd have shown interest in buying Hong Kong’s Wing Hang Bank Ltd , the Wall Street Journal said, citing people familiar with the matter.

Wing Hang has become the second family-run Hong Kong bank to get a takeover offer in as many months. In August, Chong Hing Bank Ltd received offers from multiple parties, Reuters previously reported.

Wing Hang said last week it received preliminary offers from independent third parties to purchase shares in the bank, which has a market value of $3.3 billion.

Hong Kong’s Fung family, along with BNY International Financing Corp, control about 45 percent of the bank.

Nomura Holdings Inc is handling the sale process, the Journal reported. ()

Officials from Wing Hang and Nomura weren’t available for comment while the two banks declined to comment.

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