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    1. October 26, 2014

      Banker and borrower WYG live another day

      Can banks live comfortably with companies that run into trouble? In the case of WYG they can, although it may be the...

    2. November 17, 2013

      BNP Paribas signals return to health with €3.25bn Fortis deal

      BNP Paribas’ €3.25bn deal to buy out the Belgian’s government’s 25 per cent stake in Fortis, its local subsidiary, is the...

    1. June 5, 2013

      Feisty business chief fought for stock exchange independence

      Tough-minded and feisty, Dame Clara Furse has long been used to fighting for her opinions. As head of the London Stock...

    2. March 4, 2013

      Amlin posts profit at European arm

      Amlin’s chief executive has said the insurer is regaining investors’ trust, after its European business turned an annual...

    3. Economists' Forum

      January 31, 2013

      Go Fitch, go

      By Heleen Mees The fourth largest bank in the Netherlands, SNS Reaal NV, finds itself in trouble. The banking and insurance...

    4. October 18, 2012

      Richard Li secures ING insurance units

      Richard Li has won the race to buy the Hong Kong and Thailand operations of ING’s insurance business for more than $2bn,...

    5. September 28, 2012

      Letter from Lex – shadowlands

      As T.S. Eliot wrote in his poem The Hollow Men: “Between the idea and the reality, between the motion and the act, falls the...

    6. September 25, 2012

      Ageas plans general insurance expansion

      Ageas, the Belgium-based financial services group, has pledged to move away from life assurance and towards general...

    7. September 21, 2012

      Ageas agrees deal for Groupama UK arm

      Ageas has moved to bulk up its presence in the British general insurance market with an agreement to buy the UK operations...

    8. August 20, 2012

      Amlin’s ACI arm on ‘road to recovery’

      Amlin said “lessons have been learnt” from the Lloyd’s of London insurer’s troublesome acquisition of a business it bought...

    9. May 29, 2012

      Richard Li bids for ING’s Asian assets

      Richard Li has lodged an indicative bid for the south-east Asian businesses of ING’s $6bn Asian insurance operations, which...

    10. March 9, 2012

      ABN Amro hit by more Greek impairments

      Dutch bank ABN Amro lost €121m in the fourth quarter due to a second round of impairments on Greek government-guaranteed...

    11. February 15, 2012

      BNP Paribas weighed down by Greek debt

      BNP Paribas, France’s largest bank by assets, increased its writedown on Greek sovereign bonds to 75 per cent from 60 per...

    12. FT Alphaville

      December 12, 2011

      Don't forget the advisers

      Alternative title: The bull that got away. Everyone else has got it in the neck for the failure of RBS, so it’s only right...

    13. November 28, 2011

      Bonnafé prepares to take over at BNP Paribas

      Jean-Laurent Bonnafé peers through Harry Potter-like spectacles and quotes French writer Antoine de Saint Exupéry: “As for...

    14. FT Alphaville

      November 23, 2011

      Dexia's midnight liquidity

      Nov 23 (Reuters) – France, Belgium and Luxembourg are discussing how to provide temporary state debt guarantees for failed...

    15. October 23, 2011

      ABN Amro returns from the dead

      When ABN Amro was taken over and broken up by Royal Bank of Scotland, Santander and Fortis back in 2007, it was a wrench for...

    16. October 9, 2011

      Deal reached on break-up of stricken Dexia

      Belgium will pay €4bn to take over the domestic retail banking arm of Dexia after it agreed with France on Sunday the terms...

    17. October 7, 2011

      Dexia

      Plus ça change  . . .  Three years ago, two Benelux-related banks, Fortis and Dexia, hit the rocks. Fortis was broken up,...

    18. August 26, 2011

      ABN Amro to shed 2,350 more jobs

      ABN Amro, the nationalised Dutch bank, said it would shed an additional 2,350 jobs – about 9 per cent of its staff – in the...

    19. August 3, 2011

      RBS integration reaches final stage

      John Hourican, the head of Royal Bank of Scotland’s investment banking business, sounds almost battle-weary when describing...

    20. August 2, 2011

      Amlin tumbles after warning on losses

      Amlin shares tumbled almost 17 per cent after the Lloyd’s of London insurer warned that its loss at the half-year stage...

    21. FT Alphaville

      May 31, 2011

      Fortis to buy Central Vermont for $470m

      Fortis Inc, a Canadian power company, said on Monday it would expand its presence in the US by buying Central Vermont Public...

    22. FT Alphaville

      May 10, 2011

      BNP Paribas chairman to retire

      Michel Pébereau, one of France’s most influential bankers, is retiring as chairman of BNP Paribas, the domestic bank he...

    23. May 9, 2011

      BNP Paribas chairman to retire

      Michel Pébereau, France’s most influential banker, is retiring as chairman of BNP Paribas, the domestic bank he helped...

    24. April 18, 2011

      International diversity of UK boards grows

      The number of foreign directors on the boards of Britain’s biggest companies has risen by more than half in five years,...

    25. March 16, 2011

      Portugal downgrade adds to European jitters

      European stocks sank to their sixth successive day of losses as a downgrade of Portuguese sovereign debt added to...

    26. February 17, 2011

      BNP Paribas / SocGen: universal but not uniform

      Universal but not uniform. BNP Paribas and Société Générale weathered the financial crisis, even though SocGen took a heavy...

    27. February 17, 2011

      BNP Paribas profits dented by Axa costs

      BNP Paribas missed analysts’ profit forecasts after taking a surprise €534m ($726m) impairment charge on the value of its...

    28. February 11, 2011

      BNP Paribas seeks more corporate clients

      BNP Paribas, France’s biggest bank, aims to increase by 15 per cent its market share of corporate client business in Europe...

    29. FT Alphaville

      February 9, 2011

      Where did Ireland's secret liquidity go?

      Eonia went a bit doolally at the end of January. Many blamed a lack of front-loading in bank liquidity management as they...

    30. January 30, 2011

      Admiral grabs share in motor insurance

      Henry Engelhardt, Admiral’s chief executive, says success is often about gathering data and using it well to spot changes...

    31. January 17, 2011

      Belgian financial groups face bonds test

      Key challenges remain for Belgium’s financial groups, which have been rocked in recent weeks by political instability and...

    32. January 13, 2011

      OFT ‘urges’ insurers to comply with competition law

      The Office of Fair Trading believes there are a number of analytical tools that could enable price fixing among insurers and...

    33. November 14, 2010

      Mark Tyndall: Artemis finds the ideal partner

      What ownership model works best for asset managers is a topical question, given the very public travails of Gartmore, a...

    34. November 4, 2010

      BNP rules out Basel move as profits leap

      BNP Paribas, France’s biggest bank by market capitalisation, has ruled out a capital increase to meet new regulatory...

    35. FT Alphaville

      October 22, 2010

      Chinese bank chief urges push overseas

      The chairman of one of China’s biggest state lenders has called on the country’s financial sector to speed up its expansion...

    36. October 21, 2010

      Chinese bank chief urges push overseas

      The chairman of one of China’s biggest state lenders has called on the country’s financial sector to speed up its expansion...

    37. October 13, 2010

      BNP Paribas to ramp up UK cash equities unit

      BNP Paribas plans to add 200 bankers over the next three to five years to strengthen its cash equities business, as the...

    38. October 1, 2010

      Tesco gets set for push on financial services

      Tesco is gearing up for its assault on the financial services industry as it seeks to become the “People’s Bank” and open...

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