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    1. May 13, 2014

      Berlin halts €320m sale of bailed out bank Depfa to US buyer

      Germany has intervened to prevent bailed-out bank Depfa from falling into US hands just hours before a deal was about to be...

    2. September 29, 2013

      HRE nears deal to dispose of Dublin-based Depfa

      Hypo Real Estate is close to a deal to sell Depfa, the Dublin-based bank that specialised in public sector lending and that...

    1. January 4, 2013

      European bargains harder to find

      US private equity investors,have tried to replicate abroad the returns they delivered at home, where they bought failed...

    2. June 24, 2012

      Regulators on alert over WestLB assets disposal

      Banking regulators in Germany are on alert ahead of the imminent break-up of WestLB to avoid any market disruption that may...

    3. FT Alphaville

      June 22, 2012

      "They haven't got a handle on what is happening in the Länder."

      We take our headline from Sharon Bowles MEP. The Member of the European Parliament was talking to Public Service Europe...

    4. April 29, 2012

      German banks rein in exposure to Spain

      The aftermath of Spain’s property boom is providing a reminder that German banks have not been far away from some of the...

    5. April 25, 2012

      Flowers leaves US for London berth

      Christopher Flowers, the veteran private equity investor, has moved to London from the US, seeing a shift in the balance of...

    6. January 18, 2012

      Commerzbank faces €5.3bn capital hole

      Commerzbank’s need to find €5.3bn of capital to satisfy the European Banking Authority is a huge burden for a bank in its...

    7. December 12, 2011

      Correction: Hypo Real Estate capital

      • Hypo Real Estate was found to have adequate capital, according to European Banking Authority tests, not a €2.4bn capital...

    8. December 5, 2011

      Commerzbank prepares capital boost

      Commerzbank took steps to strengthen its capital as the German government prepared to reactivate crisis measures that would...

    9. November 25, 2011

      Commerzbank considers sovereign debt spin-off

      Commerzbank is examining plans to spin off its crisis-hit sovereign bonds into a government-backed “bad bank” as it fights...

    10. November 2, 2011

      Bank’s €55bn debt error a ‘misunderstanding’

      Wolfgang Schäuble, German finance minister, said a €55.5bn ($76bn) overstating of debt held by a government-owned “bad bank”...

    11. November 1, 2011

      Schäuble under fire over €55.5bn mistake

      Wolfgang Schäuble, Germany’s finance minister, has come under pressure from opposition lawmakers to take responsibility for...

    12. October 29, 2011

      Schäuble wants inquiry into €55bn mistake

      Wolfgang Schäuble, German finance minister, has demanded an urgent inquiry into how an apparent accounting mistake led to an...

    13. September 29, 2011

      German banks can stomach Greek debt

      German banks are resisting political pressure to take a bigger writedown on their Greek bondholdings so that Athens can get...

    14. September 20, 2011

      HSH Nordbank overhaul spells end of state aid

      Competition authorities in the EU have reached a settlement with HSH Nordbank, one of the world’s largest providers of...

    15. September 2, 2011

      German ‘bad bank’ in Greek debt swap

      One of Germany’s “bad banks” is to tender almost €1bn ($1.4bn) of Greek bonds for a forthcoming debt swap designed to help...

    16. August 28, 2011

      Doubts over German role in Greek debt deal

      German “bad bank” agencies holding billions of euros of Greek debt have still to decide whether to join a bond swap designed...

    17. July 17, 2011

      Deal close on Hypo Real Estate revamp

      European Union antitrust officials are expected to sign off on the restructuring of Germany’s Hypo Real Estate today, in one...

    18. June 30, 2011

      German banks support Greek debt rollover

      Germany’s leading financial institutions have agreed to roll over €3.2bn holdings of Greek government bonds falling due up...

    19. FT Alphaville

      June 17, 2011

      Top of the Greek bond exposure pops [updated]

      Emphasis on the popping. Worth listening to this as you scroll down the below table, compiled by a clearly nostalgic...

    20. June 9, 2011

      German banks cut Greek exposure

      German banks have cut their holdings of Greek government bonds more than previously thought, making it easier for them to...

    21. FT Alphaville

      May 25, 2011

      German exposure to Greece, a bad bank tale [updated]

      Alternative title: Moralrisikodämmerung.* From a Fitch report just out on Wednesday — a twist on the big contagion story of...

    22. May 16, 2011

      Finding the right time for reprivatisation

      Nationalising your banking system – or at least part of it – has become quite the thing in recent years. In a process...

    23. April 5, 2011

      Banking: visibility needed

      Wiped clean? A Dusseldorf branch of the only regional German lender to funnel loans into a ‘bad bank’. Berlin injected €3bn...

    24. FT Alphaville

      March 18, 2011

      Pointing out Japan's (Pfandbrief) effects

      Pfandbrief, ultra-boring — yet they never cease to surprise in a crisis. Did you know, for instance, that the bond...

    25. March 2, 2011

      German agency to raise €1bn in first debt sale

      The state-backed agency winding up the unwanted assets of troubled German bank WestLB is expected to raise about €1bn in its...

    26. FT Alphaville

      February 11, 2011

      World's best bank (2006 vintage)

      It has long been known that consulting firm Oliver Wyman crowned Anglo Irish the world’s best bank in 2006 — just when Anglo...

    27. January 24, 2011

      How the G20 can prevent another financial crisis

      It was not so long ago that Bear Sterns, Lehman Brothers and Merrill Lynch were thriving businesses and leading players in...

    28. January 20, 2011

      HRE in court victory over stake squeeze

      Minority investors in Hypo Real Estate have lost a legal challenge to the German government’s controversial nationalisation...

    29. January 14, 2011

      UK unmatched for bank bonus-bashing

      On Wednesday night all the rhetoric and hand-wringing over bankers’ bonuses that has dominated the British parliament and...

    30. December 5, 2010

      JC Flowers seeks new gains from crisis

      Christopher Flowers is trying to put the past firmly behind him – the recent past in any case. The former Goldman Sachs...

    31. December 1, 2010

      Irish banks exposed to euro periphery

      Fixing the currency: workmen carry out repairs on a euro sign outside the European Central Bank headquarters in Frankfurt...

    32. December 1, 2010

      Bank ties across EU carry risk concerns

      Jean-Claude Trichet was not formally a signatory to the weekend bail-out of Ireland. But what the International Monetary...

    33. November 22, 2010

      Eastern Europe property

      The bright pastel colours painted on to building walls in St Petersburg help keep Russians’ spirits up throughout the...

    34. November 8, 2010

      Commerzbank falls short in third quarter

      Commerzbank’s third-quarter earnings fell short of expectations as rising loss provisions in property lending and eastern...

    35. FT Alphaville

      October 28, 2010

      A German bad bank, a collateral switch

      Hypo Real Estate — the nationalised German bank and the only one to have failed this summer’s stress tests — passed...

    36. October 15, 2010

      Ex-Hypo chief wins €150,000 in ruling

      The former chief executive of Hypo Real Estate has won a preliminary legal battle against the German bank, which almost...

    37. September 28, 2010

      Minister says closing HRE not ‘cost free’ option

      One of Germany’s top policymakers has tried to defuse growing public concern over the costly rescue of Hypo Real Estate,...

    38. September 28, 2010

      Owners broadly agree on Landesbanken reform

      Owners of Germany’s troubled Landesbanken reached broad agreement on the need to reform the sector, officials and bank...

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