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Titan Trust Bank denies illegal acquisition of Union Bank

Titan Trust Bank has debunked the allegation of illegally acquiring Union Bank. A report by a special investigator had alleged that former Central Bank of…

Titan Trust Bank has debunked the allegation of illegally acquiring Union Bank.

A report by a special investigator had alleged that former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Governor Godwin Emefiele, used proxies to acquire Union Bank of Nigeria.

The report also indicted a late ally of former President Buhari, Ismaila Isa Funtua, in the acquisitions of Keystone and Polaris banks.

These bank purchases occurred over time and were detailed in a memo submitted to Tinubu on December 20, 2023.

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The memo, titled “Report of the Investigation of the Acquisition of Union Bank of Nigeria by Titan Trust Bank,” outlines the specific steps allegedly taken to secure Union Bank.

But the Titan Trust Bank in a statement reacting to the investigation, said the acquisition was transparent and legal.

The statement detailed the acquisition process involving reputable firms such as PwC and Norton Rose Fulbright, as well as regulatory approvals reportedly obtained from the Central Bank, Securities and Exchange Commission, among others.

It reads, “On December 18, 2021 Titan Trust Bank Limited (on the buy side) signed a Share Sale and Purchase Agreement (SPA) with Atlas Mara Limited, Union Global Partners Limited, Emeka Emuwa, Standard Chartered Bank, Montane Partners West Africa Limited, TLG Africa Growth Impact Fund, and Sanlam Life Assurance Limited on the sale side (otherwise referred as the bulk shareholders).

“The bulk shareholders together owned 93.41% of Union Bank’s issued share capital. The SPA was a product of a long and tortious due diligence process which involved leading financial and technical advisers.

“Titan Trust Bank engaged reputable firms like PricewaterhouseCoopers Limited (or PWC) for the financial due diligence, Drey Law Practice (DLP) for the legal due diligence, Norton Rose Fulbright (NRF) UK as legal Advisers and Citibank London as financial/Transaction Advisers. The Bulk shareholders engaged a prominent UK Law firm of White & Case as their Legal advisers on the transaction.”

Titan Trust Bank highlighted the $300 million debt financing and $190 million equity injection from its major shareholders, with valid Certificates of Capital Importation proving the legitimate source of funds.

“The acquisition was conducted in the most professional, open, and transparent bidding process.

“The acquisition was funded by a combination of debt ($300 million) and additional equity injection of about $190 million which was contributed by TTB’s two major shareholders – Magna International DMCC, and Luxis International DMCC.

“The Certificates of Capital Importation (CCI) for both the debt and the equity financing evidence the receipt of these funds into Nigeria by legal means have been made available where requested.

“TTB sought and obtained all necessary regulatory approval from its primary regulator – the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX), the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) among others.

“Following TTB’s acquisition of 93.41% controlling interest in Union Bank on June 1, 2022 a change in control was effected with the dissolution of the former Board and the reconstitution of a new Board with new leadership,” it added.

Regarding claims of a slow process, the bank explained its commitment to ensuring full compliance with laws and best practices, leading to an open and transparent acquisition.

It reiterated their cooperation with the investigation team and firmly denied any illegality or fraud.

“TTB proceeded to conduct a Mandatory Takeover offer (MTO) which was legally triggered by the acquisition of 93.41% of Union Bank by TTB which brought the percentage float of Union Bank shares to less than 20%. The purpose of the MTO was to give the minority shareholders the opportunity to offer their own shares on the same terms as was offered to the bulk shareholders. The MTO was conducted after all due regulatory approvals were obtained.

“The slow pace of TTB’s acquisition and ultimate merger with Union Bank has been because of TTB’s and the regulators’ determination to ensure that the process remains fully compliant with extant laws, meets best global practices, and is conducted in open and transparent manner.

“During the special investigation, the Board and Management of TTB and Union Bank have made all representations to the investigation team.

“There is no illegality or fraud in the acquisition as alleged. We insist that this acquisition can vie for one of the most professional and transparent in the history of this country,” the bank said.

Titan Trust Bank further addressed questions about ownership, revealing the shareholding structure including prominent global entrepreneurs Mr. Raul Savara and Mr. Cornelis Vink.

It said, “On allegations relating to the ownership of Titan Trust Bank, the Board and Management provided to the special investigators with the share ownership structure in TTB including the holdings of Magna International DMCC and Luxis International DMCC owned by Mr. Raul Savara and Mr. Cornelis Vink.

“These individuals are prominent global entrepreneurs and have thriving businesses in Nigeria and several countries around the world. The shareholding structure is also verifiable at the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC).”

The bank urged stakeholders to remain calm as it addressed the current misunderstanding, assuring them of continued efforts to maintain transparency and trust.

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