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Morgan Stanley and MUFG renegotiating pact: source

Reuters – Japan’s Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, which has watched Morgan Stanley’s share price plunge 58 percent last week, is seeking more favorable terms to its $9 billion deal, a person briefed on the matter said.

The Japanese lender will still buy a 21 percent stake from Morgan Stanley for $9 billion, but will amend the terms to include only convertible preferred shares and no common stock, the source said.

Morgan Stanley is the latest stricken U.S. financial institution to seek refuge in a deal with a larger bank as the worsening credit crisis and accompanying market meltdown has narrowed the options of once stable banks and brokerages.

The Morgan Stanley news comes as Spain’s Banco Santander SA was in advanced talks to buy full control of Sovereign Bancorp Inc in a deal valued at $2.5 billion, according to another source familiar with the matter.

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