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Notice of Proposals to Engage in Permissible Nonbanking Activities or to Acquire Companies that are Engaged in Permissible Nonbanking Activities

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The companies listed in this notice have given notice under section 4 of the Bank Holding Company Act (12 U.S.C. 1843) (BHC Act) and Regulation Y (12 CFR Part 225) to engage de novo, or to acquire or control voting securities or assets of a company, including the companies listed below, that engages either directly or through a subsidiary or other company, in a nonbanking activity that is listed in § 225.28 of Regulation Y (12 CFR 225.28) or that the Board has determined by Order to be closely related to banking and permissible for bank holding companies. Unless otherwise noted, these activities will be conducted throughout the United States.

Each notice is available for inspection at the Federal Reserve Bank indicated. The notice also will be available for inspection at the offices of the Board of Governors. Interested persons may express their views in writing on the question whether the proposal complies with the standards of section 4 of the BHC Act. Additional information on all bank holding companies may be obtained from the National Information Center website at​nic/​.

Unless otherwise noted, comments regarding the applications must be received at the Reserve Bank indicated or the offices of the Board of Governors not later than July 1, 2005.

A. Federal Reserve Bank of Boston (Richard Walker, Community Affairs Officer) P.O. Box 55882, Boston, Massachusetts 02106-2204:

1. Boston Private Financial Holdings, Inc., Boston, Massachusetts; to acquire Gibraltar Financial Corporation, Coral Gables, Florida, and thereby indirectly acquire Gibraltar Bank, FSB, Coral Gables, Florida, and engage in operating a saving and loan association, pursuant to section 225.28(b)(4)(ii) of Regulation Y. Comments regarding this application must be received by July 11, 2005.

B. Federal Reserve Bank of New York (Jay Bernstein, Bank Supervision Officer) 33 Liberty Street, New York, New York 10045-0001:

1. Banco Do Brasil, S.A., Brasilia, Brazil; to engage de novo through its subsidiary, Banco Do Brasil Securities LLC, New York, New York, in securities brokerage and riskless principal services and acting as agent in the private placement of securities, pursuant to section 225.28(b)(7) of Regulation Y.

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Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, June 14, 2005.

Margaret McCloskey Shanks,

Associate Secretary of the Board.

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[FR Doc.05-12035 Filed 6-17-05; 8:45 am]