List of banks acquired or bankrupted during the Great Recession
This is a list of financial institutions that have been affected by the Great Recession. The list includes banks (including commercial banks and investment banks), building societies and insurance companies that have either been:
- taken over or merged with another financial institution;
- nationalised by a government or central bank; or
- declared insolvent or liquidated.
In the United States, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) may assume deposits of banks or allow other banks to assume them. The largest banks to be acquired have been the presumed Merrill Lynch acquisition by Bank of America, the Bear Stearns acquisition by JPMorgan Chase, and the Countrywide Financial acquisition also by Bank of America. IndyMac Bank was also a large bank that was changed into a bridge bank by the FDIC, after its failure, until the funds can be disposed of. In addition, the investment bank Lehman Brothers has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
In the United Kingdom, Her Majesty's Treasury has the power to acquire failing banks under the Banking (Special Provisions) Act 2008. Using powers granted by this Act, Her Majesty's Treasury acquired the shareholdings of both Northern Rock and the Bradford & Bingley; and transferred the savings accounts of failed Icelandic banks to ING Direct. Anti-terrorism legislation has been used to seize assets of the Icelandic banks, the Government of Iceland and the Icelandic central bank in the UK.
British banking rescue scheme 
Her Majesty's Government announced a scheme to acquire stakes in 3 of the largest UK banks. The schemes for HBOS and Lloyds TSB were conditional on the merger between the 2 banking groups going ahead.
|Date acquisition is announced||Acquired company||Acquirer||Type of company acquired||Value (USD, EUR and GBP)||References|
|October 13, 2008||Royal Bank of Scotland Group (up to 63% Bought)||Government of the United Kingdom||Bank||£20,000,000,000|||
|October 13, 2008||HBOS (up to 43.5% Bought)||Government of the United Kingdom||Bank||£13,000,000,000|||
|October 13, 2008||Lloyds TSB (up to 43.5% Bought)||Government of the United Kingdom||Bank||£4,000,000,000|||
United States 
United Kingdom 
Banks that have been put into administration; or the assets have been transferred to another bank under the provisions of the Banking (Special Provisions) Act 2008. Building Societies (or parts thereof) placed into administration under the Building Society Special Administration Procedure.
|Date||Company||Deposits and/or branches taken by||Type of company bankrupt or closed||References|
|October 9, 2008||Icesave (subsidiary of Landsbanki (Iceland))||Her Majesty's TreasuryG||Online savings bank|
|October 8, 2008||Kaupthing Singer & Friedlander (subsidiary of Kaupthing Bank (Iceland))||placed in administration||Corporate investments and private banking|
|October 8, 2008||Heritable Bank (subsidiary of Landsbanki (Iceland))||ING DirectG||Private banking|
|October 8, 2008||Kaupthing Edge (division of Kaupthing Singer & Friedlander)||ING DirectH||Online savings bank|
|December 1, 2008||London Scottish Bank||placed in administration||Bank|||
|March 29, 2009||Dunfermline Building Society||non core business (social housing) transferred to the Bank of England, core business transferred to the Nationwide||Building Society|||
|Date||Company||Deposits and/or branches taken by||Type of company bankrupt or closed||References|
|November 8, 2008||Parex Bank (Latvia)||Hipotēku banka (owned by Latvian government)||Bank|||
|November 8, 2008||Golas Bank (Minsk)||Hipotēku banka (owned by Latvian government)||Investment Bank (subsidiary of Parex Bank)|||
See also 
- ^A Acquired a nearly 80% share in exchange for a US$85 billion loan, yet to be approved by acquiree's shareholders.
- ^B Only trading assets, trading liabilities, and head offices were acquired.
- ^C Only European and Middle Eastern equities and investment banking operations were acquired.
- ^D Grupo Santander only acquired the savings portion of Bradford & Bingley; the company's loan portfolio was nationalised by the UK government.
- ^E Only retail and investment banking subsidiaries will be acquired if the Citigroup deal took place.
- ^F Wells Fargo made a second agreement that cancelled out the Citigroup deal. Citigroup is taking legal action.
- ^G Per the The Heritable Bank plc Transfer of Certain Rights and Liabilities Order 2008
- ^H Per the The Kaupthing Singer & Friedlander Limited Transfer of Certain Rights and Liabilities Order 2008
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- The Financial Supervisory Authority - Iceland, News: Based on New Legislation, the Icelandic Financial Supervisory Authority (IFSA) Proceeds to take Control of Landsbanki to ensure Continued Commercial Bank Operations in Iceland (07.10.2008)
- Landsbanki Íslands, Press release: Landsbanki's Operations Continued Under Unchanged Management (October 07, 2008)
- The Financial Supervisory Authority - Iceland, News: Based on New Legislation, the Icelandic Financial Supervisory Authority (FME) Proceeds to take Control of Glitnir to ensure Continued Commercial Bank Operations in Iceland (08.10.2008)
- Glitnir Bank, News: Glitnir's Operations Continued – Lárus Welding to continue as CEO (08.10.2008)
- The Financial Supervisory Authority - Iceland, News: Based on New Legislation, the Icelandic Financial Supervisory Authority (FME) Proceeds to take Control of Kaupþing to ensure Continued Commercial Bank Operations in Iceland (09.10.2008)
- Kaupthing Bank, Press release: Kaupthing Bank turns to the Icelandic FSA (2008.10.09)
- Australian assets sale boosts HBOS funds
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- Royal Bank of Scotland under state control
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