Market Chatter: Berkshire Hathaway Reportedly Eyeing 10% Stake in India's Kotak Mahindra Bank

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Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A, BRK.B) is considering acquiring a 10% stake in India's Kotak Mahindra Bank, CNBC-TV18 reported Friday, citing sources familiar with the US-holding company's strategy.

Berkshire may invest between $4 billion and $6 billion in the lender either through buying promoter stake or via a preferential allotment.

The Reserve Bank of India has already asked Uday Kotak, the bank's billionaire head, to reduce his holding to 20% by the end of this year to ensure wider ownership. He proposed selling nonconvertible perpetual noncumulative preference shares to a group of investors in August. The central bank rejected that proposal.

Kotak Mahindra Bank refused to comment on the matter. Berkshire Hathaway could not be immediately reached for comment, according to the report.

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