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Firms take stakes in Mortgage Brain

Woolwich, Northern Rock, NatWest and Royal Bank of Scotland have each acquired an equity stake in trading platform Mortgage Brain, joining HBoS, Nationwide and Alliance & Leicester.

For an undisclosed amount each of the lenders have taken a 12.75 per cent stake in the 51 per cent share of Mortgage Brain open to investment by lenders, while the platform holds onto the minority.

NatWest says this allows rivals to work together to build a common platform allowing low cost distribution, benefiting lenders, intermediaries and borrowers.

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