Latest articles from Western Europe

ESMA gives more time on trade reporting obligations

July 1, 2016

Among banks and brokers there has been a lot of concern about the EU’s trade reporting obligations, but some recent concessions have made the burden a little easier, writes Justin Pugsley. 

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Belgium deputy PM seeks to tackle tax and pensions issues

July 1, 2016

Kris Peeters, Belgium’s deputy prime minister and minister of economy and employment, tells Courtney Fingar that the country's government is tackling crucial reforms to company tax and pensions.

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Italy makes its NPL move

July 1, 2016

Italian banks are struggling to manage their non-performing loans. Can government measures such as reforms to the financial sector, a revamp of bankruptcy laws and a new fund that invests in NPLs help? Stefanie Linhardt investigates.

Top 1000 World Banks – Western Europe's global standing diminishes again

June 29, 2016

A patchy economic performance in western Europe in 2015 saw its lenders slide further down the global rankings. HSBC is clinging on to its global top 10 position, however, while there is some good news for Greek and Italian lenders.

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BESI finds a new lease of life under Haitong Securities

June 1, 2016

The former head of Banco Espírito Santo’s investment arm, José Maria Ricciardi, talks to Stefania Palma about the parent bank’s turbulent last days and how he hopes to exploit its established European network in his new position as the chief executive of Haitong Bank.

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The rehabilitation of Austria’s Volksbanken

June 1, 2016

After a scare from the European Central Bank, Austria’s Volksbanken banking consortium has pursued an ambitious strategy of streamlining and consolidation with the aim of returning to profitability and repaying €300m in state aid 

London listing crowns Buford Capital's rapid rise

June 1, 2016

Though US-based, the finance company Buford Capital is reaping the benefits of listing in London and sidestepping the problems of its relative newness and lack of credit rating.

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Austrian province of Carinthia becomes a BRRD test case

June 1, 2016

Hypo Alpe Adria – now known as Heta – is a 'bad bank' from the Austrian region of Carinthia that is the first to be wound down according to the EU's Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive. Stefanie Linhardt assesses the situation and looks at who the winners and losers will be.

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Crédit Agricole shapes up to face difficult European market

June 1, 2016

Under new chief executive Philippe Brassac, Crédit Agricole has simplified its oft-criticised group structure and devised a new plan, aimed at strengthening core business lines, improving operational efficiency and transforming its digital offering. Brian Caplen reports on how these changes will affect the bank. 

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Austria’s banking overhaul

June 1, 2016

Austria is dealing with the same digitalisation and profitability issues as the rest of the eurozone, but insiders are confident the enforced upheaval in the country’s banking sector will have positive long-term benefits.

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