BlackRock raises share in Belgian financial group

Brussels-headquartered financial group KBC has reported that asset management giant BlackRock has crossed the 5% threshold as shareholder on 11 July 2017, following a net purchase of shares.

BlackRock’s weight in KBC Group’s shareholding now amounts to 5.1%.

In detail, BlackRock’s share in the Belgian financial group is held by over 15 of the manager’s entities.

As of end 2016, KBC estimated that its Belgium-based core shareholders were holding 40% of its capital, the remaining 60% being held by institutional investors across the world including BlackRock.

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Adrien Paredes-Vanheule
Adrien Paredes-Vanheule is French-Speaking Europe Correspondent for InvestmentEurope, covering France, Belgium, Geneva and Monaco. Prior to joining InvestmentEurope, he spent almost five years writing for various publications in Monaco, primarily as a criminal and financial court reporter. Before that, he worked for newspapers and radio stations in France, in particular in Lyon.

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