SWITZERLAND DAYBOOK: Glencore Mandates Banks, Les Echos Says

Glencore International AG, the world’s largest commodities trader, has mandated three banks to study a possible initial public offering that may take place around the second quarter of this year, French daily Les Echos reported, without citing anyone.

The company has a value of between $47 billion and $51 billion, the newspaper said, citing analysts at Liberum Capital in the U.K. The mandated banks are Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse Group Inc. and Citigroup Inc., Les Echos said.

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