BNP Paribas Fortis Headquarters in Brussels

BNP Paribas Fortis Headquarters in Brussels

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The Belgian government acquired Fortis, its largest bank, for 9.4 billion euros during a 2008 bailout and subsequently sold a 75 percent stake to BNP Paribas in an all-stock transaction giving Belgium 11.6 percent of France’s biggest bank.