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In addition to information that has been previously disclosed, CorpBanca has posted to its website at www.corpbanca.cl additional information regarding its proposed merger with Banco Itaú Chile. The information can be found on CorpBanca's website along with previously disclosed materials regarding the proposed merger.
CorpBanca also notes that CorpGroup, CorpBanca's controlling shareholder, filed today a new Schedule 13D with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission disclosing Cartica's allegations and disclaiming that a group has been formed with Itaú.
CorpBanca issued the following statement:
Today CorpBanca filed a motion to dismiss the meritless lawsuit brought in New York by Cartica, an activist hedge fund seeking to hold up the proposed merger with Banco Itaú Chile. CorpBanca urges the court to dismiss the lawsuit as an improper attempt to use U.S. disclosure laws to interfere with a transaction governed by Chilean law. CorpBanca also asks the court to reject Cartica's latest gambit to use its threats to block the deal as leverage to obtain a special payout for itself for alleged losses it suffered speculating on CorpBanca's stock. Furthermore, CorpBanca's motion informs the court of the abundant disclosures it has issued since the deal was announced on January 29, including the transaction agreements for all shareholders to read and an extensive, 100-page-plus disclosure document describing the deal in detail.
CorpBanca strongly believes that the proposed transaction is in the best interests of CorpBanca shareholders, and that shareholders have all the material information they need in order to make an informed decision concerning the proposed merger. Throughout this process, CorpBanca has disclosed far more information about the proposed merger than is customary in Chile and well beyond what is required by law. In response to CorpBanca's detailed disclosures, Cartica continues to request new and increasingly irrelevant details in an effort to avoid dismissal of its disclosure-based claims. To put the issue to rest, CorpBanca is choosing to post yet more information today about the deal on its website, and CorpGroup has chosen to file yet another disclosure regarding its shareholder status on Schedule 13D. CorpBanca believes the additional information is immaterial but it is releasing the information to demonstrate its continued commitment to transparency and to avoid spending even more company resources on wasteful litigation.
While CorpBanca endeavors to end this litigation swiftly with these additional disclosures and its motion to dismiss the case, no assurances can be given that Cartica will be reasonable and end the matter. Indeed, two weeks ago, Cartica changed its litigation tactics and specifically amended its claim to seek a money payment for itself alone as opposed to any other shareholder, while continuing its endless requests for more information about the proposed merger. It seems that Cartica will be satisfied and abandon its efforts to prevent CorpBanca's shareholders from voting on the deal only if it can extract a special payout for itself from CorpBanca. We look forward to receiving a ruling from the court and bringing this meritless suit to a conclusion.
As of March 31, 2014, according to the Chilean Superintendency of Banks, CorpBanca was the fourth largest private bank in Chile in terms of the overall size of its customer loan portfolio (11.5% market share on a consolidated basis and 7.2% market share among private banks on an unconsolidated basis only taking into account its operations in Chile).
At the same date, according to the Colombian Superintendency of Finance, CorpBanca Colombia and Helm Bank combined operations were the sixth largest bank in Colombia in terms of total assets and in terms of total loans and also the sixth largest bank in Colombia in terms of total deposits, as reported under local regulatory and accounting principles
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 Cartica Management, LLC, et al. v. CorpBanca, et al., Case No. 14-cv-2258 (PKC)