Deutsche Bank AG's takeover of Bankers Trust Corp. poses no novel legal questions, but the expected deal is sure to spark political debate.

Reaction on Capitol Hill was muted Monday because most lawmakers are out of town for the Thanksgiving holiday. But if it comes off, the $9 billion sale would be the first instance of a foreign behemoth buying one of the country's top-10 banks. It would also create the world's largest bank, with $849 billion of assets.

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