BSE picks 14 banks for IPO in first half of 2013

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SummaryThe Bombay Stock Exchange, operator of Asia's oldest stock exchange, has chosen 14 banks for its initial public offering planned for the first half of 2013, its chief executive said on Thursday.

The Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), operator of Asia's oldest stock exchange, has chosen 14 banks for its initial public offering (IPO) planned for the first half of 2013, its chief executive said on Thursday.

The company is seeking an offering that would value it at about $1 billion, Ashishkumar Chauhan said on Thursday.

Bank of America Merrill Lynch, JPMorgan, Barclays Capital, UBS and the arms of Kotak Mahindra Bank and ICICI Bank are among the lead managers of the planned IPO.

“The process is on. We are targeting a launch in the first half of next year," Chauhan said. Founded in 1875, the BSE has long considered an IPO. Sebi, in April, approved listing of local stock exchanges, subject to some conditions.

BSE says it is the world's No 1 exchange in terms of listed members, with about 5,000 companies listed on it. But rival National Stock Exchange, founded in 1993, has eclipsed BSE in trade volumes.

Frankfurt-based Deutsche Boerse and the Singapore Exchange own a 5% stake each in the BSE, whose Sensex remains India's benchmark stock index alongside the rival NSE's Nifty index.

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