A minority-owned bank in Boston is making an aggressive bid for 18 of the branches Fleet Financial Group is divesting.

Boston Bank of Commerce, a closely held, $108 million-asset institution, has made an offer for branches with about $600 million of deposits, according to sources familiar with the situation. If its bid succeeds, the bank would balloon to about $700 million of assets, making it the largest black-owned financial institution in the nation.

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