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Jul 25, 2014

Shares in RBS soar after surprise profit

LONDON (Reuters) – Royal Bank of Scotland posted a surprise 1 billion pound ($1.7 billion) pretax profit for the second quarter thanks to a turnaround in losses from bad loans, prompting it to release earnings a week early.

The numbers far exceeded analysts’ expectations for the bank that is 81 percent owned by the British government after being bailed out during the 2008/09 financial crisis.

Jul 25, 2014

Shares in Britain’s RBS soar after surprise profit

LONDON (Reuters) – Royal Bank of Scotland posted a surprise 1 billion pound ($1.7 billion) pretax profit for the second quarter thanks to a turnaround in losses from bad loans, prompting it to release earnings a week early.

The numbers far exceeded analysts’ expectations for the bank that is 81 percent owned by the British government after being bailed out during the 2008/09 financial crisis.

Jul 24, 2014

Barclays files to dismiss New York lawsuit against ‘dark pool’

NEW YORK/LONDON (Reuters) – Barclays Plc (BARC.L: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) urged the dismissal on Thursday of a lawsuit from the New York attorney general alleging the bank lied to clients about its high-speed trading venue, saying the complaint had “fatal flaws” because Barclays’ customers were never misled.

The bank’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit against its private trading venue – or “dark pool” – said the attorney general failed to identify any fraud, and did not establish material misstatements, identify victims or actual harm.

Jul 24, 2014

StanChart says no imminent CEO succession plans as heat rises

LONDON, July 24 (Reuters) – Asia-focused bank Standard
Chartered Plc rejected reports it had stepped up
succession plans for its chairman and chief executive, who are
under growing pressure from shareholders after a troubled two
years.

Standard Chartered said its board was united behind both
Chief Executive Peter Sands and Chairman John Peace in restoring
the bank to profitable growth.

Jul 18, 2014

FX probe could be bigger problem than Libor: RBS chief

LONDON (Reuters) – An investigation into alleged manipulation of foreign exchange markets could pose a bigger problem for banks than the Libor interest rate rigging scandal, the boss of Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS.L: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) said on Friday.

RBS paid $612 million last year to settle allegations that it manipulated Libor rates, one of several banks hit with big fines for rigging financial benchmarks. Regulators are now investigating allegations that traders manipulated key reference rates in the $5 trillion-a-day foreign exchange market.

Jul 18, 2014

UK banks face break-up threat as watchdog plans competition probe

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s big banks could be broken up after the country’s new competition watchdog said it plans to launch an 18-month investigation into services for small business customers and personal current accounts.

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) said on Friday there was a lack of competition among banks and proposals that lenders put forward to increase transparency and make it easier to switch did not go far enough to meet the needs of personal consumers or small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs).

Jul 8, 2014

Barclays names investment banking bosses for Asia, M&A -source

LONDON, July 8 (Reuters) – British bank Barclays Plc
has appointed Reid Marsh as co-head of investment
banking in Asia-Pacific and promoted Gary Posternack to global
head of mergers and acquisitions, a person familiar with the
matter said on Tuesday.

Mark Warham, head of M&A in the Europe, Middle East and
Africa (EMEA) region, is leaving the bank, the source said.

Jul 1, 2014

BNP’s capital ratio slips to 10 percent ‘borderline’ after record fine

LONDON (Reuters) – BNP Paribas (BNPP.PA: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) said a record $9 billion fine slapped on it for avoiding U.S. sanctions would not force it to rush out and raise cash or sell assets, even though it will wipe out the French bank’s capital advantage over weaker rivals.

The fine will leave BNP with a core capital ratio of 10 percent – above minimum regulatory levels but the floor that investors now expect big banks to hold, and below the 11 percent average that Europe’s bigger banks now hold.

Jul 1, 2014

BNP’s capital ratio slips to 10 pct “borderline” after record fine

LONDON, July 1 (Reuters) – BNP Paribas said a
record $9 billion fine slapped on it for avoiding U.S. sanctions
would not force it to rush out and raise cash or sell assets,
even though it will wipe out the French bank’s capital advantage
over weaker rivals.

The fine will leave BNP with a core capital ratio of 10
percent – above minimum regulatory levels but the floor that
investors now expect big banks to hold, and below the 11 percent
average that Europe’s bigger banks now hold.

Jun 27, 2014

Barclays hires WilmerHale, ex-SEC litigator in dark pools probe

LONDON/WASHINGTON June 27 (Reuters) – Barclays Plc
has hired lawyers from the high-profile firm Wilmer Cutler
Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP to help the bank defend itself
against accusations that it deceived investors in its “dark
pool” trading venue, according to people familiar with the
matter.

Matthew Martens, formerly the chief litigator at the U.S.
Securities and Exchange Commission, is among the WilmerHale
lawyers working on the case, the sources said.

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      "Responsible for overseeing coverage of the European bank sector and direct coverage of the international UK-based banks, based in London. Have been in current role for three years, and for previous three years was UK banking reporter. Have over 15 years experience as a financial newswire journalist in London and New York."
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