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Jul 26, 2012

Tax haven clampdown yields cash but secrecy still thrives

LONDON (Reuters) – A global campaign to tax trillions of dollars hidden in offshore tax havens has made revolutionary progress, an official leading the drive said, rejecting suggestions that the super rich are running rings around Western authorities.

Pascal Saint-Amans, director of a unit at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, also cast doubt on estimates that the havens are illicitly sheltering wealth equivalent to several hundred times the fortune of Bill Gates.

Jul 25, 2012

European bank profits to fall, Libor dims outlook

LONDON/PARIS (Reuters) – Europe’s banks are expected to post sharp profit falls in second quarter results as they count the cost of the debt crisis and try to anticipate the impact of the Libor interest-rate rigging scandal on the industry.

The European economy is heading towards recession, making companies nervous about issuing stocks and bonds. Trading has slowed and this has hurt investment banking, typically the most lucrative part of a bank’s business.

Jul 19, 2012

Lloyds branch sale turns Coop into challenger bank

LONDON, July 19 (Reuters) – Lloyds Banking Group
has agreed to sell 632 branches to the Co-operative, a deal
mandated by regulators in an effort to boost competition in
British banking while preventing Lloyds from benefiting unfairly
from its state bailout four years ago.

Mutually-owned Co-op said the deal would boost its share of
Britain’s branch network to 10 percent from less than four
percent, creating a new force in retail banking capable of
taking on Britain’s dominant lenders.

Jul 17, 2012

Funds fear legal risk over euro zone break-up plans

LONDON, July 17 (Reuters) – European fund managers are
keeping contingency plans for a euro zone break-up under wraps
in case investors who incur losses use the information as
ammunition with which to sue them.

Too much or too little public planning for a collapse of the
indebted currency union could land investment firms with
lawsuits, management consultants and legal experts said.

Jul 3, 2012

Barclays faces tough search for next Diamond

LONDON, July 3 (Reuters) – Barclays Plc has few
obvious candidates who would be able to restore the British
bank’s tarnished image after the departure of Chief Executive
Bob Diamond.

With Chairman Marcus Agius also set to leave following
Barclays’ record-breaking fine for attempting to manipulate
interbank lending rates, the bank has to fill its top two roles.

Jul 2, 2012

Barclays chairman quits over rate-fixing scandal

LONDON, July 2 (Reuters) – Barclays Plc chairman
Marcus Agius quit on Monday, saying “the buck stops with me”
after an interest rate rigging scandal that has dealt “a
devastating blow” to the bank’s reputation.

Agius, chairman of Britain’s third biggest bank for 5-1/2
years, is the first major scalp from the scandal, which is
likely to draw in more banks and could equally embarrass
regulatory authorities.

Jun 28, 2012

Glencore fights to save $26 billion Xstrata bid

LONDON (Reuters) – Commodities trader Glencore fought to save its $26 billion (16.69 billion pounds) bid for miner Xstrata on Wednesday after shareholder Qatar stunned the pair with a late demand for better terms, forcing them to push back the timing of the deal.

The Qatari intervention pushed the deal to the brink as it prompted a string of major shareholders to revisit their own concerns, such as soaring executive pay and fears that the combined entity would take on riskier business.

Jun 27, 2012

Glencore expected to sweeten terms to win Xstrata

LONDON (Reuters) – Commodities trader Glencore (GLEN.L: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), scrambling to save its $26 billion bid for miner Xstrata (XTA.L: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), will need to sweeten the terms or put its long-desired deal at risk after key shareholder Qatar threatened to oppose the offer.

Qatar, which remained silent on its intentions for months as it built the second-largest stake in Xstrata, said in a surprise statement on Tuesday that it supported the principle of the deal but demanded an improvement in terms from 2.8 new Glencore shares for every Xstrata share to 3.25.

Jun 20, 2012

Investors want strategy shakeup at BP

June 20 (Reuters) – BP’s shareholders want to see
some radical management action to help the company turn the page
on U.S. oil spill litigation and the quarrel with its Russian

Both issues have dragged on the value of a company that was
once Britain’s biggest, but which now languishes in sixth place
with a tainted reputation in the two countries that together
account for half its oil output.

Jun 18, 2012

Man Group finance head exits as “fightback” begins

MONACO/LONDON (Reuters) – Embattled hedge fund firm Man Group Plc dropped its finance chief on Monday in its latest management reshuffle designed to regain investor confidence and reverse poor performance at the flagship AHL fund.

Man said Kevin Hayes was leaving immediately and would be replaced by Jonathan Sorrell, son of WPP Plc chief Martin Sorrell and formerly Man’s head of strategy and corporate finance.