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  1. July 20, 2014

    J Christopher Flowers: after the storm, the deals

    J Christopher Flowers grimaces as he remembers what a “lonely place” it was to be a private equity investor specialising in...

  2. July 20, 2014

    J Christopher Flowers warns of banking crisis

    One of the biggest private equity investors in the banking sector has warned that regulation has depressed profitability so...

  1. June 6, 2014

    Flat debut for OneSavings Bank

    Shares in OneSavings Bank ended the week marginally down on their launch price, following the company’s initial public...

  2. June 4, 2014

    OneSavings feels cooling IPO climate

    A British bank owned by US private equity investor Christopher Flowers has priced its shares at the bottom of its range,...

  3. May 7, 2014

    Appearing unique is the big test for challenger banks

    The name Kent Reliance oozes respectability. Branding consultants might have picked it out in a crowd as a way to sound...

  4. May 7, 2014

    OneSavings aims for £500m-£600m valuation

    OneSavings Bank has announced plans to list on the London Stock Exchange and raise £41m, in the first of a series of...

  5. beyondbrics

    December 19, 2013

    Vzla's Banesco and Spain's NCG Banco: diversifying risk

    With Nicolás Maduro, president of Venezuela, engaged in an “economic offensive” against what he calls “capitalist...

  6. December 18, 2013

    Banesco of Venezuela in €1bn deal with Spain’s NCG Banco

    The Spanish government has sold NCG Banco, one of three nationalised banks that was still in state hands, to Banesco of...

  7. July 18, 2013

    JC Flowers to buy loans from state-owned Northern Rock

    US private equity investor JC Flowers is poised to buy £450m of loans from Northern Rock as the government accelerates the...

  8. May 30, 2013

    Royal Bank of Scotland rejects JC Flowers’ bid

    Royal Bank of Scotland has narrowed the field of bidders for hundreds of its branches, leaving three rival factions of City...

  9. FT Alphaville

    May 15, 2013

    The 6am Cut London

    Japan’s Nikkei 225 climbed above 15,000 for the first time since January 2008. The benchmark index reached as high as 15,109...

  10. May 15, 2013

    JC Flowers buys UK debt collector Cabot

    The private equity group run by Christopher Flowers is to acquire Britain’s leading debt collector, marking the former...

  11. 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...

  12. January 4, 2013

    Private equity bets on retail banking

    The cobbled streets of a tranquil cathedral city may seem an unlikely setting for the world of US private equity to make an...

  13. January 4, 2013

    RBS aims to flush out fresh branch bids

    Royal Bank of Scotland is trying to drum up interest in the portfolio of 316 branches it must sell under EU state-aid rules,...

  14. November 23, 2012

    RBS – buyout prowlers

    Is there a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow? Private equity groups seem to think so. JC Flowers, AnaCap Financial and...

  15. November 22, 2012

    AnaCap Financial eyes RBS branches

    Royal Bank of Scotland has attracted interest from a second private equity group looking at a potential bid for hundreds of...

  16. November 16, 2012

    AIG and JC Flowers line up for PICC stake

    AIG and JC Flowers are among the leading contenders to take big stakes in China’s PICC Group ahead of the insurance...

  17. October 21, 2012

    Nationwide eyes branches in RBS sell-off

    Nationwide Building Society has not ruled out making a bid for the several hundred branches Royal Bank of Scotland was...

  18. October 17, 2012

    Lerbinger to leave HSH Nordbank

    HSH Nordbank’s chief executive is to leave as the bank struggles with an escalating crisis in global shipping and an...

  19. October 15, 2012

    RBS – left at the altar

    What a mess. Less than a week after successfully floating its Direct Line insurance subsidiary, Royal Bank of Scotland is...

  20. FT Alphaville

    October 15, 2012

    The (early) Lunch Wrap

    Good morning New York, FT ALPHAVILLE What to make of the latest round of Chinese data: Kate provides a wrap of all the...

  21. FT Alphaville

    October 15, 2012

    The 6am Cut London

    Sir Richard Branson and Christopher Flowers are set to go head to head for hundreds of branches being offloaded by RBS,...

  22. October 14, 2012

    Branson and Flowers consider RBS move

    Sir Richard Branson and US private equity entrepreneur Christopher Flowers are set to go head to head for hundreds of...

  23. May 24, 2012

    Cerberus faces new obstacle at Aozora

    Cerberus’s efforts to exit Aozora Bank, more than a decade after the private equity firm’s initial investment in the...

  24. May 9, 2012

    Vulture funds circle over Ireland and Spain

    Ireland swiftly emerged as a favoured destination for distressed debt investors, when Europe was hit by the financial crisis...

  25. May 8, 2012

    Shinsei suffers sharp income fall

    Shinsei Bank reported a sharp drop in consolidated net income for the year to March 2012 to Y6.4bn, compared with Y42.6bn...

  26. FT Alphaville

    April 26, 2012

    The 6am Cut London

    Asian markets were firm Thursday morning after the Fed published improved projections for the US economy, and Ben Bernanke...

  27. 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...

  28. March 20, 2012

    Why Flowers is only partially correct

    From Mr Hugo Anson. Sir, Christopher Flowers, head of the private equity firm JC Flowers, who ran Goldman Sachs’ financial...

  29. March 18, 2012

    Carlyle poaches senior Lloyds banker

    Carlyle has hired a senior banker from Lloyds to expand its financial services arm into Europe in a move that highlights how...

  30. February 6, 2012

    JC Flowers does not decide next steps

    From Mr J. Christopher Flowers. Sir, With reference to your coverage last week, I am writing to establish definitively the...

  31. February 2, 2012

    Different rules for regulated persons?

    From Mr Stephen Gilchrist. Sir, With reference to your report “Ex-JC Flowers executive given FSA fine and ban” (January 30):...

  32. January 31, 2012

    Scent of scandal returns to haunt JC Flowers

    Christopher Flowers, the former Goldman Sachs banker who made his name with a $1bn profit from investing in Japan’s Shinsei...

  33. FT Alphaville

    January 31, 2012

    JC Flower's UK boss fined and banned for fake invoice scheme

    Extraordinary, this — so we’ll just slam up the details from the FSA: The Financial Services Authority (FSA) has today fined...

  34. November 30, 2011

    Bank of Spain poised to decide on Cam’s fate

    The Bank of Spain and the Frob, the country’s bank rescue fund, are set to decide as early as Friday whether to offload the...

  35. FT Alphaville

    October 31, 2011

    The minutes tick away for MF Global [updated]

    [Update: WSJ is saying MF Global is close to filing for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection as soon as Monday, and to selling...

  36. October 21, 2011

    Bain pays Y160bn for Skylark restaurant chain

    Bain Capital has bought a Japanese restaurant chain for Y160bn (£1.3bn, $2.1bn) in what is the country’s biggest private...

  37. October 16, 2011

    NBNK gets green light for Northern Rock bid

    NBNK is preparing to go up against Richard Branson’s Virgin Money and JC Flowers, the private equity firm, in a £1bn bidding...

  38. October 4, 2011

    Run-off: Opportunities abound in legacy portfolios

    The run-off industry is obscure, even to most people in insurance. But, with hundreds of billions of dollars worth of...

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