Korea Merchant Banking gets a big break

A merchant bank hit by deposit runs finds unexpected help from Korea''s regulators.

Cash-strapped Korea Merchant Banking Corp KMBC has received an unexpected lifeline after the Korean government decided to acquire a higher-than-expected amount of Daewoo debt. The decision comes just days after the Korean government decided to bail out KMBC with new funds, making it the first and only merchant bank to receive such treatment from the government.

Analysts believe the two actions together should slow the wave of deposit runs taking place at KoreaƆs third largest merchant bank, giving the...

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