PARIS, July 17 (Reuters) - French co-operative lender BPCE
said on Friday that it did not intend to file a tender offer for
Natixis shares after a media report said that it had explored
buying the 30% of Natixis SA it does not already own.
"Following recent press rumours, BPCE indicates that it does
not intend to file a draft tender offer on the Natixis shares,
it being reminded that BPCE regularly conducts strategic
analysis on possible changes in the organisation of the group,"
BPCE said in a statement.
The Financial Times had earlier reported that the deal was
at an early stage and that other options were also being
considered with no guarantee that a bid for Natixis shares would
(Reporting by Maya Nikolaeva; editing by John Irish)