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Chase Manhattan


agreed to acquire

Dai-Ichi Kangyo Trust's

U.S. corporate trust and escrow business.

Financial terms weren't disclosed. Chase, which expects to close the transaction in the first quarter of 2001, will take over the trust administration of about $5 billion of outstanding debt for which Dai-Ichi Kangyo now serves as the trustee or agent.

The portfolio includes corporate debt, municipal revenue bonds, eurobonds, project and structured financing, medium-term notes, commercial paper and escrows.

Chase also acquired the U.S.-based corporate trust business of

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Fuji Bank & Trust

and the corporate and municipal trust business of

First Tennessee National


this year.

Shares of Chase slipped 25 cents, or 0.6%, to $45.50 in recent

New York Stock Exchange