M & A wrap: Northern Rock sold

November 17, 2011

Britain has agreed to sell nationalized lender Northern Rock to Virgin Money, the banking arm of Richard Branson’s Virgin empire, in a loss-making deal that marks the start of the government’s exit from banks it bailed out in the 2008 crisis. Here’s a timeline of Northern Rock’s rise and fall.

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