Size matters to Malaysian banks

As Maybank and CIMB prepare to fight for RHB Capital, investors ask whether the resulting new banking group will be made of muscle or fat.

Size matters to Malaysian banks

Malaysia’s two largest banks are getting ready for one of the country’s biggest ever corporate battles. Malayan Banking Maybank and CIMB, number one and two respectively, were given regulatory approval late on Tuesday to bid for RHB Capital, ranked number five. Size still seems to matter to bankers.

Size is also important for Bank Negara, the central bank, which is keen for a second round of consolidation in the industry as it allows...

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