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Factbox: Europe's leaders and laggards in sale of bailed-out banks

(Reuters) - Spain sold part of its stake in bailed out lender Bankia on Friday to start the process of returning the country's biggest bailed-out bank to private ownership. Governments rescued dozens of banks during the 2007-2009 global financial crisis. Some countries, such as Switzerland and the United States, then moved quickly to sell their shareholdings. Others, including Britain and the Netherlands, have taken longer. Here is a rundown of progress for major banks in Europe: SPAIN

Greece's NBG to stay private

The National Bank of Greece (NBG), one of the country's four main lenders, said on Thursday it had mustered the necessary capital increase to remain private. "The minimum participation of the private sector in capital increase, as set by law, has been achieved," the bank said in a statement. Details over the funds raised, which according to the bank exceed the necessary ten percent, will be provided at a later date, the bank said.

Greece: Stalled bank merger tests investors

Greek banks NBG and Eurobank on Monday said their planned merger has been postponed, causing huge volatility in their share price amid fears they may be nationalized.National Bank of Greece and Eurobank saw their stock plunge 30 percent - the maximum drop allowed in a session - earlier in the day.

Greece's NBG bank needs 785 mn euros in private funds

The National Bank of Greece (NBG), the country's top lender, said Wednesday it needs to raise at least 785 million euros in capital from private investors to keep from falling under state control. In order to avoid an effective nationalisation when lenders are recapitalised using funds from the country's EU-IMF bailout, Greek lenders are required to raise 10 percent of the amount needed from private investors. A shareholders meeting will be held on April 19 to decide on the recapitalisation of between 7.85 billion and 9.75 billion euros.

Greek bank NBG rocked by nationalisation fears

Shares in the National Bank of Greece (NBG) plunged by 13.6 percent in afternoon trading on Monday as plans for a merger with Eurobank were suspended and investors were seized by concern over a possible nationalisation. Eurobank bounced back from early losses to show a jump of 20.0 percent meanwhile, while Piraeus Bank was 3.13 percent higher and Alpha bank had gained 2.81 percent following an announcement by the Greek central bank that the country's four biggest banks would be recapitalised separately, meaning that a planned merger of NBG and Eurobank had been put on hold.

Shares in two Greek banks plunge 30% on merger suspension

Shares in the National Bank of Greece (NBG) and Eurobank plunged by 30 percent in early trading on the Athens stock exchange on Monday, following a suspension of their plans to merge. The Athex index of leading shares was down by 1.69 percent at 809 points shortly after opening, with a sub-index of banking stocks off by 16.67 percent, after the Greek central bank said late Sunday that the four biggest banks in the country would be recapitalised separately.

Eurobank, NBG shares fall on recapitalisation jitters

ATHENS (Reuters) - Shares in Greek lenders Eurobank <EFGr.AT> and National Bank <NBGr.AT> fell on Tuesday on concerns their integration following their takeover deal this year may be stalled by objections from the country's international lenders. National acquired 84.3 percent of Eurobank via a share swap last month with a view to integrate it in the group and form the country's largest bank.
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