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Bank M&A Logjam Seen Easing After King’s BB&T Buys Susquehanna

Big bank takeovers are making a comeback after years of stalled deals and stricter regulations brought on by the financial crisis.

“The market has changed,” BB&T Corp. Chief Executive Officer Kelly King said yesterday in a phone interview after his company announced plans to buy Susquehanna Bancshares Inc. for about $2.5 billion. “From a regulatory point of view, they are more comfortable with merger activity.”