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REUTERS SUMMIT – Panmure chief warns against “mad” UK regulation

By Reuters Staff
November 18, 2009

By Clara Ferreira-Marques
LONDON, Nov 18 (Reuters) – Britain’s excessive regulatory zeal is hitting competitiveness and driving away top talent and innovative firms, as they flee a poorly devised tax regime and “spurious” legislation, one of Britain’s oldest brokerages said.

EU “cookie-cutter” bank overhaul policy under fire

By Reuters Staff
November 3, 2009

European Commissioner in charge of Competition Neelie Kroes delivers a speech at a conference on State Aid Private Enforcement in Brussels October 19, 2009. REUTERS/Sebastien Pirlet    By Edward Taylor and Kirstin Ridley
FRANKFURT/LONDON, Nov 3 (Reuters) – Neelie Kroes’s campaign to shrink banks and launch vast asset sales has angered bankers, who accuse the firebrand European competition commissioner of kicking the industry when it’s down.Investment bankers close to some of the bailed-out lenders blame Kroes for undermining attempts to rebuild the once-lucrative industry by forcing massive, near-simultaneous asset sales, while banning acquisitions.

Dutch get two weeks to finish ABN asset sale

By Reuters Staff
October 2, 2009

European Commissioner for Competition Neelie Kroes speaks at a news conference at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels July 8, 2009. (file photo) By Ben Berkowitz and Gilbert Kreijger
AMSTERDAM, Oct 2 (Reuters) – The European Commission on Friday gave the Dutch government a surprise extension of time to sell portions of nationalised bank ABN AMRO, about two weeks after a sale fell apart and just three hours before what had been regarded as a firm deadline.

EU aims to make class action lawsuits easier- draft

October 2, 2009

By Foo Yun Chee
BRUSSELS, Oct 1 (Reuters) – Consumers who suffer at the hands of companies that fix prices or abuse their dominant market position could soon find it easier to launch class action lawsuits to seek compensation, according to a proposed EU directive.

EU’s Kroes says Lloyds bank needs to shrink presence

By Reuters Staff
September 29, 2009

BRUSSELS, Sept 29 (Reuters) – Partially-nationalised British
bank Lloyds needs to shrink its activities in areas
where it is currently dominant to compensate for taking billions
of pounds in state aid, the European Union’s antitrust chief
said.

Brussels’ tough line to force Europe bank shake-up

By Reuters Staff
September 18, 2009

A pedestrian passes the head office of the Lloyds Banking Group in central London August 5, 2009. By Steve Slater and Foo Yun Chee
LONDON/BRUSSELS, Sept 18 (Reuters) – Europe’s banks face a shakeout as a result of the European Commission flexing its muscles over state aid that the sector gratefully accepted to survive a financial crisis.

EU break-up threat looms over Britain’s Lloyds

By Reuters Staff
September 16, 2009

A pedestrian passes the head office of the Lloyds Banking Group in central London August 5, 2009. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth By Clara Ferreira-Marques
LONDON, Sept 16 (Reuters) – Lloyds Banking Group, Britain’s largest retail bank, faces an uncertain future as the EU considers whether to force a carve-up of its current structure and the sale of its Halifax unit, analysts said.

EU to review bonuses at state-aided banks – competition regulator

By Reuters Staff
September 11, 2009

European Commissioner for Competition Neelie Kroes speaks during a news conference at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels July 8,2009. BRUSSELS, Sept 11 (Reuters) – European Union competition regulators are set to take a closer look at bonuses at state-aided banks, the EU’s antitrust chief said on Friday.
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