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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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”...

  10. 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...

  11. 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...

  12. 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...

  13. 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...

  14. 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...

  15. 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...

  16. 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...

  17. 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...

  18. 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...

  19. 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...

  20. 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...

  21. 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...

  22. 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...

  23. 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...

  24. 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...

  25. 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...

  26. 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...

  27. 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...

  28. 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...

  29. 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...

  30. 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...

  31. 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...

  32. 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...

  33. 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...

  34. 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...

  35. 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...

  36. 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,...

  37. 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...

  38. September 24, 2010

    Brussels’ ‘doubts’ over Hypo Real Estate

    Europe’s top competition watchdog warned on Friday that it had “doubts” about the long-term viability of Hypo Real Estate,...

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