The Month in Review

Royal Bank of Scotland, Banco Santander SA and Fortis took control of ABN AMRO after a six-month contest with Barclays in the world's biggest financial services takeover. ABN AMRO's Brazilian and Italian units go to Banco Santander. Fortis, the largest Belgian financial services company, will pay EUR24 billion for the Dutch consumer-banking arm and ABN AMRO's asset-management and private banking units will go to Royal Bank of Scotland, the UK's second biggest bank, which is paying EUR16 billion.

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