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BRIEF-Santander's Botin says not aware of Orcel asking UBS to cut compensation cost

May 19 (Reuters) - Chairman of Spanish bank Santander , Ana Botin, tells court in a hearing pitting Italian banker Andrea Orcel against Santander over the withdrawal of an offer to make him chief executive:

* BEFORE A DECEMBER 2018 BOARD MEETING ORCEL TOLD BANK HE REFUSED TO ATTRIBUTE 13.7 MILLION EUROS UBS AGREED TO PAY HIM TO REDUCE BANK’S COST

* “WE DON’T KNOW, BUT OUR UNDERSTANDING” IS THAT ORCEL DID NOT SEND UBS A LETTER TO ASK THEM TO REDUCE COMPENSATION COSTS Full story: (Reporting by Emma Pinedo and Jesus Aguado)

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