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June 23, 2021

Indonesian shareholder drops $1.5b suit against KB over Bank Bukopin acquisition

PUBLISHED : June 08, 2021 - 18:01

UPDATED : June 08, 2021 - 18:01

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A headquarters building of Bank Bukopin in Jakarta, Indonesia (KB Kookmin Bank)


Seoul-based KB Kookmin Bank has escaped litigation in controlling Indonesian subsidiary Bank Bukopin, as its minority shareholder in Indonesia dropped all legal action against South Korea‘s largest commercial bank, a filing showed Tuesday.

Bosowa Corporindo, which was holding a 11.6 percent stake in the Indonesian midsized bank, has reached an out-of-court settlement on the 20.8 trillion-Indonesian-rupiah ($1.5 billion) claim against the bank‘s new controlling shareholder and Indonesian financial watchdog Otoritas Jasa Keuangan, according to a disclosure submitted to Korea’s Financial Supervisory Service.

The Indonesian conglomerate also pledged not to sue with regard to the matter and to prioritize Bank Bukopin‘s normalization process by maintaining close cooperation with KB Kookmin Bank.

KB Financial Group, a parent company of KB Kookmin Bank, noted in a disclosure that Bosowa had dropped its lawsuit on May 31, which it had earlier filed to the Central Jakarta District Court.

The news comes after KB Kookmin Bank became the largest shareholder of Bank Bukopin with 67 percent of voting rights as of September, as planned in July 2019. The transaction was made through Bank Bukpoin’s rights offering to shareholders and an additional 3.1 trillion-rupiah private placement of new shares exclusively to the Korean shareholder.

This, as a result, has deprived Bosowa, previously the lender‘s largest shareholder, of its control over Bank Bukopin. Before the deal, KB Kookmin was the second-largest shareholder with 22 percent ownership.

Bosowa filed a lawsuit against local authorities for stripping it of its right to vote and KB Kookmin for violating Indonesian regulations. KB Kookmin has claimed that Bosowa‘s argument was groundless.

In light of Bosowa’s recent decision to drop the charge, KB Kookmin is expected to continue its foray into retail operations in Southeast Asia.

Bank Bukopin is the second financial arm in Southeast Asia to be under the umbrella of KB Kookmin, after Cambodia‘s Prasac Microfinance Institution. KB Kookmin acquired a 70 percent stake of Prasac in April 2020.

By Son Ji-hyoung (consnow@heraldcorp.com)

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