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Citigroup – Wachovia – Wells Fargo

Authors:  Guhan Subramanian, Nithyasri Sharma
Product Number:  10-03
Publication Date:  Rev. September 23, 2010
Length:  19 pgs.
Cost per Copy:  $10.00

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On Friday, September 26th, 2008, Wachovia found itself on the brink of failure, and entered into acquisition talks with Citigroup and Wells Fargo. After a weekend of intense negotiations involving the FDIC, Citigroup was announced as the winner on Monday, September 29th, and the two parties signed a “letter of intent,” providing an exclusive negotiating period through Monday, October 6th. However, on Thursday October 2nd, Wells Fargo reentered the game and made an offer, which the Wachovia board accepted. As the deal flashed across the newswire on Friday, October 3rd, Mr. Pandit gathered his top executives to devise a plan of action.

Learning Objectives
This case explores the role of a company’s Board of Directors, especially during a time of crisis. The case explores these issues in the context of the 2008-2009 financial crisis. The case also offers the opportunity to study the role of government regulators, particularly the FDIC and the U.S. Treasury Department, in these situations. The case concludes with the legal questions surrounding Congressional legislation and other government actions as it pertains to business contracts.

Subjects Covered
Government Regulation
Financial Crisis
Board of Directors

Geographic: United States
Industry: Banking, Financial Services, Insurance, Government
Event Year Begin: 2008


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