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  1. June 20, 2013

    Call to put Landesbanken at heart of German economic policy

    The new head of Germany’s public sector banking association is making an impassioned defence of the country’s troubled...

  2. January 20, 2013

    Movers & shakers: January 21

    ● Meriten Investment Management, BNY Mellon’s German-based investment manager, has appointed Holger Fahrinkrug as its chief...

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  1. Doing Business in North Rhine Westphalia 2012

    Inward investment from China shows the region is looking to the future...
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  1. December 27, 2012

    Out with old in with new for Portigon CEO

    Comparing a German chief executive to a Roman god is a stretch at any time but Dietrich Voigtländer has reason to look,...

  2. November 14, 2012

    German banks keep eye on property prices

    Growing competition and a possible property bubble are among the biggest risks facing German banks, the Bundesbank has...

  3. September 26, 2012

    Banks compete fiercely for corporate clients

    North Rhine-Westphalia’s reputation as a financial centre suffered when many of its banks – regardless of ownership or...

  4. September 9, 2012

    Banker praises Landesbanken reforms

    Brussels-imposed restructuring helped Germany’s Landesbanken by forcing them to reform and curtail their international...

  5. August 16, 2012

    TPG eyes deal for London office block

    TPG, the US private equity group, is looking to make its first investment in UK real estate by taking control of a prime...

  6. July 22, 2012

    Europe’s banks stage US retreat

    Eurozone banks have retreated dramatically from the US over the five years since the financial crisis began, cutting their...

  7. July 16, 2012

    JBS faces lawsuit over Xinguleder deal

    An international creditor is planning to sue JBS, the world’s largest beef exporter by sales, for allegedly acquiring the...

  8. July 8, 2012

    EU banking union: no quick fix

    Un momento, por favor. Spain wants to channel the European Union’s €100bn bank bailout directly to lenders that need it most...

  9. June 28, 2012

    German public banks still face problems

    WestLB is almost gone. The bank that embodied many of the problems of Germany’s Landesbanken sector – combining excessive...

  10. FT Alphaville

    June 25, 2012

    The Closer

    ROUND-UP US stocks fell off the (European) summit. Advance disappointment with the eurozone’s leaders this week helped push...

  11. June 25, 2012

    Wells Fargo buys $6bn in WestLB loans

    Wells Fargo, the largest US bank by market capitalisation, has agreed to acquire a $6bn loan portfolio from WestLB, the...

  12. June 25, 2012

    US stocks fall on earnings uncertainty

    Research In Motion fell after Morgan Stanley said in a report that the BlackBerry maker is likely to miss estimates for its...

  13. 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...

  14. beyondbrics

    May 29, 2012

    China's State Grid steps up Brazil push

    If there are fears that Brazil’s economy may have lost some of its lustre, Chinese companies are not showing it. State Grid...

  15. beyondbrics

    May 10, 2012

    LatAm banks: new target for China Inc?

    It’s shopping season for China Inc. As banks in Europe and the US are forced to pare back their operations and shed assets...

  16. 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...

  17. April 25, 2012

    BBVA and Swedbank set positive tone

    Better than expected results at Swedbank and BBVA helped trigger gains for lenders across Europe on Wednesday. Swedbank, the...

  18. March 21, 2012

    WestLB approaches break-up deadline

    WestLB held out little hope of finding buyers for most of its businesses as a deadline approaches for the bank to be wound...

  19. March 14, 2012

    European shares lifted by US growth hopes

    The improving economic outlook in the US helped European equities maintain their rally on Wednesday, with German stocks...

  20. January 27, 2012

    ITV appeals Box Clever fund order

    ITV has received one of the Pensions Regulator’s rare orders to support the pension scheme of Box Clever, a television...

  21. December 20, 2011

    Brussels backs WestLB break-up plan

    European competition authorities have agreed on a break-up and wind-down plan for WestLB, spelling the imminent demise of...

  22. December 15, 2011

    WestLB cancels sale of property arm to Apollo

    The stricken German Landesbank WestLB has called off the planned sale of its property subsidiary to Apollo, the US private...

  23. December 13, 2011

    Commerzbank: in need of second aid

    The awkward choice Berlin faces is whether to bail out peripheral eurozone economies, or its crisis-ravaged banks at home....

  24. December 9, 2011

    EU banks slash sovereign holdings

    Europe’s banks have slashed their holdings of sovereign debt issued by the peripheral nations of the eurozone, selling €65bn...

  25. December 9, 2011

    Berlin expects Commerzbank bail-out request

    Commerzbank looks increasingly likely to ask the government for a bail-out, according to government and parliamentary...

  26. December 8, 2011

    Country by country guide to the stress tests

    GERMANY Germany’s banks were told to find an extra €13.1bn ($17.4bn) compared with €5.2bn in the preliminary tests. Six of...

  27. 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...

  28. November 27, 2011

    BNP considers private equity portfolio sale

    BNP Paribas is weighing a sale of a more than $700m private equity portfolio, underlining how banks are looking to dispose...

  29. 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...

  30. 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...

  31. September 26, 2011

    Finance industry: Demise of WestLB is a sign of changing times

    The decline of Düsseldorf as a financial centre has been a disappointing aspect of North Rhine-Westphalia’s economic...

  32. 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...

  33. 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...

  34. August 25, 2011

    WestLB to sell property finance unit

    WestLB expects to sell its WestImmo property finance unit by the end of the year and remains upbeat on the prospects of a...

  35. August 23, 2011

    German exporters lead Europe higher

    Investor confidence in European stocks strengthened with German exporters lifted by hopes that the Federal Reserve would...

  36. August 15, 2011

    HSBC Trinkaus in talks to buy WestLB parts

    HSBC’s German subsidiary has said it is in “constructive” talks with WestLB over the possible acquisition of parts of the...

  37. August 9, 2011

    CME recruits two banking executives

    CME Group, the world’s largest futures exchange, has poached two senior banking executives as part of a shake-up of two of...

  38. 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...

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