ANZ drops plans to sell unit to HNA after NZ blocks deal
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ANZ drops plans to sell unit to HNA after NZ blocks deal

ANZ Banking Group has dropped plans to sell its UDC Finance unit to HNA Group after New Zealand blocked the deal over concerns about the Chinese conglomerate's ownership structure.

HNA had agreed to buy the vehicle finance unit - New Zealand's largest non-bank lender - for $NZ660 million ($628 million) early last year.

ANZ said it would continue to assess its strategic options regarding UDC.

ANZ said it would continue to assess its strategic options regarding UDC.Credit:Wayne Taylor

But in December New Zealand's Overseas Investment Office cited uncertainty over HNA's ownership structure for the rejection, reflecting mounting international concerns about the aviation-to-shipping group's transparency and governance.

ANZ had said that it would back out of the deal unless HNA managed to get the decision overturned.

ANZ said it would continue to assess its strategic options regarding UDC.

Reuters

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