The stake of country’s largest life insurer Life Insurance Corporation of Inida (LIC) in Axis Bank has crossed 10 per cent after it picked up the private lender’s shares through open market transactions.

LIC, one of the promoters in Axis Bank, bought 52.07 lakh shares or over 1 per cent of paid-up capital worth Rs 625.64 crore between September 2013 and January 21, 2014.

With the acquisition, LIC’s stake in the private lender rose to 10.44 per cent from 9.33 per cent, Axis Bank said in a filing on the BSE. The total number of shares of Axis Bank with LIC have risen to 4.9 crore.

Shares of Axis Bank were trading at Rs 1,184.85 per unit down 0.36 per cent over their previous close on the BSE.

Meanwhile, Specified Undertaking of UTI (SUUTI), one of the promoters of Axis Bank, has appointed three merchant bankers for sale of its stake in the bank.

The three merchant bankers selected for the stake sale are J P Morgan, Citigroup Global Markets and JM Financial Consultants.

SUUTI, formed in 2003 is an offshoot of erstwhile UTI, holds 23.58 per cent in the country’s third largest private sector lender Axis Bank.

The other promoters of the bank are General Insurance Corporation, New India Assurance and National Insurance Company.

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