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U.S. Bancorp Agrees to Buy Hedge-Fund Firm Quintillion

Nov. 20 (Bloomberg) -- U.S. Bancorp, the nation’s largest regional lender, agreed to acquire Quintillion Ltd., a Dublin-based hedge-fund administrator. Terms weren’t disclosed.

The purchase will add $18 billion in hedge-fund assets under administration and 53 employees to U.S. Bancorp’s fund-services unit, the Minneapolis-based company said today in a statement. That division will have about 1,100 workers and $832 billion in assets after the deal, according to the statement.

“This transaction allows us to expand our operations in Europe by adding a significant presence in Dublin,” Joe Redwine, president of U.S. Bancorp Fund Services, said in the statement.

The deal builds on U.S. Bancorp’s efforts to expand its trust business and increase its presence in Europe. The bank agreed in March to buy Deutsche Bank AG’s municipal bond trustee business and last year purchased AIS Fund Administration, a fund servicer for alternative-investment managers with offices in Hackensack, New Jersey, London and the Cayman Islands.

U.S. Bancorp reported $280 million in income from trust and investment-management fees in the third quarter, a 5.7 percent gain from a year earlier.

Quintillion provides middle- and back-office services to hedge funds, according to its website.

To contact the reporter on this story: Laura Marcinek in New York at lmarcinek3@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Peter Eichenbaum at peichenbaum@bloomberg.net

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