BofA’s asset management unit gets lukewarm bids: report

Reuters – Bank of America Corp’s primary investment management unit is drawing lower than expected bids after its likeliest suitor, BlackRock Inc, inked a blockbuster deal to buy Barclays Global Investor, the Financial Times reported, citing people close to the matter.

Bank of America has been trying to sell its Boston-based Columbia Management unit since earlier this year, but the bank has so far not announced a deal for the unit.

The company is hoping to get at least $3 billion from a sale of Columbia Management, but bids so far have come in closer to $2 billion, the paper said, citing the people.

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