The apparently imminent acquisition of National Westminster Bank PLC by the much smaller Royal Bank of Scotland raises anew questions about the difficulties of integrating after a reverse takeover.

Analysts have said the deal could have ramifications in the United States if it spurs a renewed expansion by Royal Bank's Citizens Financial unit. It could also lead to a reconsideration of which banks might be positioned to attempt acquisitions of troubled banks that far outstrip them in size.

Subscribe Now

Access to authoritative analysis and perspective and our data-driven report series.

14-Day Free Trial

No credit card required. Complete access to articles, breaking news and industry data.