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November 7, 2005

Research on Austrian banks measuring the cost of implementing regulation may apply to institutions elsewhere, while Standard & Poor’s forecasts a lull in European cross-border mergers, writes Stephen Timewell.

BankMuscat first to list GDRs in London

November 7, 2005

Marking the first day of trading of its global depository receipts (GDRs), executives from BankMuscat, Oman’s largest bank, attended the opening session at the London Stock Exchange.

MAIN STORY: BBVA seeks bigger footprint in US and Spain

November 7, 2005

BBVA is moving strongly into two new areas, the US and immigrant services in Spain, which it believes may boost its profits substantially in years to come.

Foreign buyers speed up Bosnia consolidation

October 2, 2005

Consolidation in the Bosnian banking sector has accelerated further.

KPMG Report: Foreign Bank Branches in Japan

October 2, 2005

Research shows that foreign banks operating in Japan have found the going increasingly tough during the past 12 months while the US prepaid card market goes from strength to strength. Stephen Timewell explains.

Francioni replaces old adversary at Börse

October 2, 2005

New CEO Reto Francioni is just what the doctor ordered for Deutsche Börse. After being led by the abrasive Werner Seifert, who upset shareholders with his attempted takeover of the London Stock Exchange, the soothing tones of Mr Francioni come as a relief.

Merrill to buy brokerage

October 2, 2005

Merrill Lynch has agreed to acquire US retail brokerage firm Advest Group from wealth manager AXA Financial for $400m.

MAIN STORY: Hapoalim joins rush into Turkey with stake in C Bank

October 2, 2005

Israel’s biggest financial institution, Bank Hapoalim, announced on September 13 that it had signed a memorandum of understanding to acquire a 50% share in Turkey’s C Kredi ve Kalkinma Bankasi (C Bank) for $113m, with the aim of breaking into the lucrative Turkish mortgage and project finance markets.

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