BBVA Gets Even More Global
Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria Chairman Francisco González pledged at the Spanish bank's annual Christmas party in December that 2007 would be "BBVA's year," marked in part by the "culmination of several growth-enhancing projects." Just two months into the new year he's proving true to his word. On Feb. 16, BBVA said it will buy Birmingham, (Ala.)-based Compass Bancshares for $9.6 billion.
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