Deposit Insurance Corp to oppose Shinsei's poison pill against SBI -NHK

FILE PHOTO: The Shinsei Bank logo is pictured at the lobby of the bank in Tokyo, Oct. 22, 2010. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

TOKYO (Reuters) -Government-owned Deposit Insurance Corp of Japan is planning to vote against Shinsei Bank’s poison pill defence aimed at blocking SBI Holdings Inc’s $1.1 billion bid, public broadcaster NHK reported on Tuesday.

How the government votes on the defence strategy at a shareholders meeting this week has been in focus as proxy advisory firms have sided with Shinsei, possibly swaying the vote of foreign investors who account for nearly 30% of registered shareholders.

The government and SBI each own about 20% of Shinsei.

Online financial group SBI announced an offer to take a near-majority stake in the mid-sized Tokyo-based lender in September – an unsolicited bid that met immediate opposition from Shinsei’s management.

Proxy advisory firms Glass Lewis & Co and Institutional Shareholder Services Inc (ISS), meanwhile, have recommended shareholders vote for the lender’s plan, with the latter saying SBI’s partial offer would leave shareholders unable to tender. Recommendations from the two typically impact how foreign investors vote.

The SBI-Shinsei battle comes at a time Japan is witnessing a rise in hostile takeovers. But investors are also watching to see if, under a new prime minister, it will roll back some pro-market policies.

Shinsei Bank is due to hold an extraordinary shareholders meeting on Thursday to put the poison pill defence to a vote.

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