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  1. April 29, 2014

    Eurobank rights issue returns Greek lender to private hands

    Eurobank has pulled off one of the biggest capital raisings in Greek history, attracting more than €7bn of orders from big...

  2. March 28, 2014

    Investors cheer Intesa writedowns in rush to Europe’s periphery

    Investors are rediscovering their appetite for European retail banks as many shun the big “bulge bracket” institutions of...

  1. March 25, 2014

    Greek banks: Canaries, coal mines

    Just because the canary is still chirping does not mean the coal miners are safe. New investors in Greek banks must keep...

  2. March 19, 2014

    Banks test market appetite for Greece

    For the chief executive of Greece’s biggest bank by assets, the nadir of the eurozone crisis arrived in autumn 2012 when a...

  3. March 18, 2014

    Robust demand for Piraeus Bank bond offer

    Piraeus Bank has become the first Greek bank to return to capital markets in five years with a €500m benchmark bond, as...

  4. March 18, 2014

    First post-crisis Greek bank bond sale launched

    Greece’s biggest bank has launched its first bond sale in five years, underscoring the turnround in investor appetite for...

  5. March 6, 2014

    Greek bank Piraeus set to return to capital markets

    Greece’s biggest bank is poised to return to capital markets in a crucial test of whether the country which brought the...

  6. October 10, 2013

    Hedge funds profit in land of Greek opportunity

    From Andrew Liveris of Dow Chemical to ambassador John Negroponte, the great and the good of the Greek diaspora gathered...

  7. September 27, 2013

    Greece’s Piraeus Bank prepares to float unit Geniki

    Greece’s Piraeus Bank is preparing to float subsidiary Geniki within the next six months, repositioning the unit it bought...

  8. September 1, 2013

    Greek banks: still standing

    They might be wounded but at least they are still walking. Amid the destruction of the financial crisis, it is quite a feat...

  9. July 22, 2013

    Greek bank executives face jail over staff firebomb deaths

    An Athens court on Monday convicted three executives of Marfin Popular Bank of manslaughter in the deaths of three employees...

  10. June 27, 2013

    Greece faces collapse of second key privatisation

    Greece is struggling to avoid the collapse of a second big privatisation, amid pressure from bidders for the state gaming...

  11. June 11, 2013

    Spanish and Italian financial stocks hit by German ECB court case

    Financial stocks fell sharply on Tuesday, particularly in Italy and Spain, as the European Central Bank’s bond buying...

  12. June 1, 2013

    Cyprus seizes billions in assets of former Laiki bosses

    Cyprus has frozen billions of euros of assets held by three former senior executives of Laiki (Popular) Bank, signalling a...

  13. FT Alphaville

    May 14, 2013

    Finland's got a secret... no longer

    Abuse of official secrecy. It’s been one of the more corrosive but — by definition — shadier aspects of the eurozone crisis....

  14. May 12, 2013

    Top hedge funds bet on Greek banks

    Some of the world’s leading hedge funds are pouring money into the Greek banking sector in expectation of huge potential...

  15. May 12, 2013

    Greek banks: bearing gifts?

    Shareholders in Greece’s banks will remember this spring fondly. Shares in the three largest – Piraeus, Alpha and National...

  16. May 1, 2013

    Top Greek banks set for private capital push

    Greece’s three largest banks are preparing to raise a total of €21.7bn of private capital so they can retain management...

  17. April 8, 2013

    Merger of two Greek banks suspended

    The merger of National Bank of Greece and Eurobank has been suspended following pressure from international lenders ahead of...

  18. February 3, 2013

    Greek banks lobby to ease bailout terms

    Greece’s banks have begun a frantic lobbying of the bodies behind the country’s bailout, in an effort to ease the conditions...

  19. December 3, 2012

    EADS lifted by talk of new structure

    News that EADS was nearing a deal to restructure its shareholder base sent shares in Europe’s biggest aerospace group...

  20. October 19, 2012

    Piraeus Bank buys SocGen Greek arm

    Société Générale has agreed to sell its Greek subsidiary for €1m to Piraeus Bank and provide the lossmaking lender with...

  21. October 8, 2012

    Greek banks – three’s a crowd

    And then there were three. A trio of Greek banks is about to change hands, as the troika whittles down Greece’s banking...

  22. October 5, 2012

    Two largest Greek banks in merger move

    National Bank of Greece made a tender offer on Friday for local rival Eurobank, proposing an all-share deal that would value...

  23. August 30, 2012

    SocGen in talks to sell Egyptian bank

    Société Générale said it was in talks to sell its majority stake in its Egyptian subsidiary to Qatar National Bank – a day...

  24. August 29, 2012

    SocGen in talks to sell Greek subsidiary

    Société Générale is in “advanced talks” to sell its Greek subsidiary, Geniki, to Piraeus Bank as France’s biggest lenders...

  25. August 29, 2012

    French stocks fall as earnings disappoint

    French companies dragged European stocks down after disappointing first-half earnings announcements. Shares in L’Oréal , the...

  26. August 5, 2012

    Greek bank head sent savings abroad

    A political row has erupted in Athens after the former head of a big Greek state bank admitted to transferring €8m of...

  27. July 30, 2012

    Greek bank staff strike against takeovers

    Greek bank employees staged a 24-hour strike on Monday in protest against consolidation of the sector following the takeover...

  28. July 27, 2012

    Piraeus to buy ATEbank’s healthy assets

    Piraeus Bank, the fourth-largest Greek lender, will acquire the healthy assets of state-controlled Agricultural Bank of...

  29. June 18, 2012

    Bank gains lift Athens index

    An early rally across European stock markets on Monday proved short-lived as indices later headed into negative territory....

  30. June 14, 2012

    Investors continue European stock sell-off

    Banking shares propelled Greece’s benchmark index forward to make its biggest one-day gain in over eight months, amid...

  31. April 22, 2012

    Greek banks: a long, slow turnaround

    Like the Greek trireme with 170 rowers that was to have borne the Olympic torch along the Thames to start the games – until...

  32. April 20, 2012

    Greek lenders unveil steep losses in 2011

    Greek banks suffered huge losses in 2011 from their participation in the biggest sovereign debt restructuring in history,...

  33. March 21, 2012

    Delicate balancing act for Greek banks

    Burnt-out bank buildings in Athens are a reminder of violent demonstrations that have marred attempts to save the country...

  34. February 28, 2012

    Peugeot pares gains on rights issue worries

    Peugeot endured a volatile session as reports of a €1bn rights issue by the French carmaker wiped out earlier gains. The...

  35. February 13, 2012

    End of short-selling ban hits French banks

    French banks were hit on Monday after a ban on short-selling French financial stocks expired over the weekend. The news took...

  36. November 6, 2011

    Greek banks in €6.4bn bond switch

    Three of Greece’s biggest banks have issued €6.4bn ($8.8bn) of government-guaranteed bonds likely to be used as security to...

  37. November 1, 2011

    European banks tumble over Greece fears

    Shares in European banks plunged on Tuesday after George Papandreou, Greece’s prime minister, unexpectedly called a...

  38. October 24, 2011

    Greek banks tumble over writedown fears

    Renewed optimism over a resolution to the eurozone debt crisis prompted a confident start to the week for European equities,...

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