Samsung sells chemicals and defence stakes

Sales worth $1.7bn part of heir apparent’s moves to cement control

Dangers of the dollar-bull consensus

Bets on further falls for euro and yen near record levels

Reform of banks ‘will take a generation’

Messages from top executives do not reach frontline, study finds

How Juncker plans to unleash investment

Strategy will test EIB’s obsession with its own creditworthiness

Zoopla needs to renovate to keep investors coming through the door

Even rundown Cumbrian terraces aren’t losing value as fast as the house-hunting website

Santander: inside job

Spanish bank has not looked far for its new chief executive

Capitalists sold the mills and bought the future

If capital is indeed back as Piketty says, it is in a different way

Paragon buoyed by buy-to-let market

Lender says it is ‘in the thick’ of demand for rented property

Shipbroking link as Clarkson buys Platou

UK group announces £281m deal to buy Norwegian rival

Advanced Computer Software in £725m buyout

Vista Equity Partners snaps up healthcare specialist

Who controls the City?

A look at five people who wield influence and billions of pounds

Botín replaces CEO in Santander overhaul

Board changes expected to herald corporate governance modernisation

News Corp buys into India property site

PropTiger.com deal is latest in country’s ecommerce sector

Aviva poised to make new Friends

Tie-up would herald long-awaited consolidation in life assurance

Citi fined for lax analyst supervision

Companies advised on how to ‘amp up’ flotation roadshows

Aviva faces risks on Friends Life deal

Bringing together staff and systems has never been easy

Clearing houses may face new capital rules

BoE official suggests new minimum capital level standards for clearing houses

Chinese groups weigh bids for Fifa agency

Wanda among potential buyers for marketer linked to Blatter

UK home secretary and the Isis challenge

Conservative minister is right to opt for new anti-terror laws

Onex to pay up to €3.75bn for SIG

Canadian private equity group to buy second-largest maker of drink cartons

Wilson kept AIA afloat in financial crisis

New Zealander helped steer insurer by narrowing group’s focus

Goldman to disclose profit on LIA trades

Court told bank took advantage of Libyan wealth fund’s naivety

The risk culture makes the difference

Focus on making banks safe by holding more capital is unrealistic

Carlyle makes maiden investment in Nigeria

Buyout group spends $150m for stake in Diamond Bank

Energy measures threaten office lettings

From April 2018, UK landlords will require higher EPC ratings

Humbling of France’s BNP to hit takeovers

Prospects of cross-border eurozone banking moves look slimmer

Equity research threat to small business

Investors and companies warn regulatory changes will reduce liquidity

Aviva falls 4.5 per cent on Friends deal

Analysts mixed on benefits of takeover for Aviva

China rates: Christmas cheer

Race to close bets against cyclicals begins

China cut unlikely to halt slowdown: analysts

PBoC move, which follows series of targeted stimulus measures is, fine tuning, not policy reversal

Strong growth moves Asia’s billionaires to the top

Savvy and demanding clients mean their advisers do not have a smooth ride

Larger groups are cutting back on international operations

Banks are succumbing to cost and margin pressures, as well as stricter rules

RBS apologises for ‘misleading’ MPs

Executives told treasury committee that restructuring unit was not a profit centre

Aviva: Friends for life

Chief executive Mark Wilson has been all about the cash. Until now

Terra Firma hires adviser for Four Seasons

Blackstone to look at a range of financial and strategic options for UK care homes operator

Brazil police probe UK property developer

EcoHouse subject of criminal inquiry into social housing scheme

Goldman leads $15m big data investment

Lender is largest investor in financial analytics start-up Kensho

Intesa considers bid for UK’s Coutts

Italian bank plans acquisitions to deploy €16bn of excess capital

Banks press Brussels to drop reform plans

British and French lenders warn of damage to capital markets

China rate cut puts pressure on lenders

Policy changes set to squeeze bank profit margins

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