AMSTERDAM-The biggest financial industry takeover in history just got bigger. Two days after Barclays PLC agreed to buy locally based ABN Amro Holding NV for just over $91 billion USD, another offer has been put on the table.

It ups the ante to $98.5 billion USD, a 13% increase over Barclays’ bid. The offer is from a consortium led by London-based Royal Bank of Scotland PLC, Barclay’s chief rival, and also includes Belgium-based Fortis NV and Spain’s Banco Santander Central Hispano SA.

It comes with conditions. The chief one is that Chicago-based LaSalle Bank remain within ABN Amro. The Barclays’ buyout proposal calls for the sale of LaSalle to Bank of America for $21 million. On news of the consortium’s counter offer, Charlotte, NC-based BofA issued a statement saying, “Bank of America has a legal contract to acquire ABN Amro North America Holding Company and expects that contract to be fulfilled under its current terms.”

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