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Formations of, Acquisitions by, and Mergers of Bank Holding Companies

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The companies listed in this notice have applied to the Board for approval, pursuant to the Bank Holding Company Act of 1956 (12 U.S.C. 1841 et seq.) (BHC Act), Regulation Y (12 CFR Part 225), and all other applicable statutes and regulations to become a bank holding company and/or to acquire the assets or the ownership of, control of, or the power to vote shares of a bank or bank holding company and all of the banks and nonbanking companies owned by the bank holding company, including the companies listed below.

The applications listed below, as well as other related filings required by the Board, are available for immediate inspection at the Federal Reserve Bank indicated. The application also will be available for inspection at the offices of the Board of Governors. Interested persons may express their views in writing on the standards enumerated in the BHC Act (12 U.S.C. 1842(c)). If the proposal also involves the acquisition of a nonbanking company, the review also includes whether the acquisition of the nonbanking company complies with the standards in section 4 of the BHC Act (12 U.S.C. 1843). Unless otherwise noted, nonbanking activities will be conducted throughout the United States. Additional information on all bank holding companies may be obtained from the National Information Center website at​nic/​.

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Unless otherwise noted, comments regarding each of these applications must be received at the Reserve Bank indicated or the offices of the Board of Governors not later than December 7, 2000.

A. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis (JoAnne F. Lewellen, Assistant Vice President) 90 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55480-0291:

1. Firstar Corporation, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; to merge with U.S. Bancorp, Minneapolis, Minnesota; and thereby indirectly acquire U.S. Bank National Association, Minneapolis, Minnesota; U.S. Bank National Association ND, Fargo, North Dakota; U.S. Bank National Association MT, Billings, Montana; and U.S. Bank National Association OR, Canby, Oregon.

In connection with this transaction, Applicant and U.S. Bancorp also have granted cross-options to purchase up to 19.9 percent of the outstanding shares of each other's common stock. These options would expire on consummation of the merger. Firstar Corporation’s subsidiary banks are Firstar Bank, National Association, Cincinnati, Ohio; Firstar Bank, National Association, Overland Park, Overland Park, Kansas; and Firstar Bank U.S.A., National Association, Waukegan, Illinois.

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Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, November 7, 2000.

Robert deV. Frierson

Associate Secretary of the Board.

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[FR Doc. 00-29014 Filed 11-13-00; 8:45 am]