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CIBC Announces That Proposed Sale of Majority Stake in FirstCaribbean International Bank to GNB Financial Group Limited Will Not Proceed

TORONTO, Feb. 3, 2021 /CNW/ - CIBC (TSX: CM) (NYSE: CM) announced today that the previously announced transaction to sell a significant portion of its majority stake in CIBC FirstCaribbean ("FirstCaribbean") to GNB Financial Group Limited did not receive approval from FirstCaribbean's regulators. 

"While this transaction would have supported FirstCaribbean's long-term growth prospects, it is only one way of creating value for stakeholders," said Harry Culham, Group Head, Capital Markets, who also oversees FirstCaribbean. "FirstCaribbean is focused on building deep, long-lasting client relationships in the Caribbean, optimizing our business, and enhancing efficiency over time. We remain committed to executing on our long-term strategy and delivering the best outcome for clients, shareholders, team members and communities."

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