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Wednesday's headlines, Financials edition

A German could be set to take the helm at Europe's most powerful bank — and that could mean a lot for future policy CNBC
UBS believes that the arrival of Guindos to the ECB favors the access of the German Weidmann to the presidency of the bank Europa Press
Banking union talks in Brussels have stalled - Italy Econ Min Reuters
Germany insists on risk reduction before banking union completed Reuters
More EU bank risk-sharing needed, no permanent transfers planned: Centeno Reuters
Draghi Stays Silent as ECB Seeks Clarity on Latvia Bloomberg News
Money laundering affair damaging for Latvia's reputation -Dombrovskis Reuters
EU studying U.S. tax reform in depth before deciding on any action Reuters
The European Parliament is to call for Britain to have 'privileged' single market access after Brexit Business Insider
Cyber incidents evolving and becoming more sophisticated: Beazley Reinsurance News
No systemic risk in traditional re/insurance: Insurance Europe Reinsurance News
World Bank looking to 'push the boundaries' of ILS capital: Michael Bennett Artemis
Cryptocurrency Skeptics Find an Ally: HSBC's New Boss John Flint Bloomberg News

UK AND IRELAND

Johnson Says U.K. Seeks 'Special' EU Relationship: Brexit Update Bloomberg News
U.K. Warns EU It Won't Pay Brexit Bill Without Good Trade Deal Bloomberg News
UK regulator warns lawmakers over post-Brexit market rules Reuters
FCA's incoming chair Charles Randell grilled over tax avoidance scheme City A.M.
FCA's chair-elect admits 'error of judgment' over tax avoidance scheme The Guardian
Incoming FCA chairman invested in film tax-avoidance scheme Financial Times
FCA calls for industry input on regtech Post
The FCA is looking at how technology can improve regulatory reporting City A.M.
Labour 'putting investment at risk' with threat to PFI payouts The Times
Rothschild-backed fintech fund Augmentum plans 100 million pound London IPO Reuters
UPDATE 1-Ireland could consider boosting borrower protections in loan sales Reuters

Allianz UK
Allianz UK CEO Dye declines to comment on XL acquisition rumours Post
Allianz UK operating profit climbs by 26% in 2017 Post

BMS Group
BMS launches energy division with new hires The Insurance Insider
BMS launches new energy division with senior broker hires Reinsurance News

Clear Insurance Management
Clear buys Robert Alexander and eyes further deals in 2018 Post

Ford Credit Europe
Ford aims to set up German bank this year to offset any Brexit risk Reuters

Hamilton Underwriting
Hamilton Syndicate 3334 shakes up underwriting team The Insurance Insider
Hamilton Underwriting reorganises underwriting team Reinsurance News

HSBC Holdings
HSBC's Swiss Bank Faces Penalties finews.com
HSBC Switzerland again burdened by provisions for legal cases Neue Zürcher Zeitung
The billions hole of HSBC Private Bank Switzerland finews.ch
HSBC Says Swiss Bank Tax Probe Could Cost More Than $1.5 Billion Bloomberg News
HSBC takes $500m hit on Carillion and Steinhoff Sky News
HSBC reveals $28m Brexit bill The Times

Lloyds Banking Group
Rejuvenated Lloyds to unveil £1bn share buyback Sky News
Lloyds Bank poised to launch £1bn share buyback Financial Times
Lloyds to unveil £1bn share buyback in annual results The Daily Telegraph
Lloyds Banking Group to reveal £1bn share buyback and boost bonus payouts to £415m City A.M.

Monzo
Monzo users can invest cash with Moneybox app thanks to Open Banking City A.M.

Royal Bank of Scotland Group
UK lawmakers release RBS business report, defying regulator Reuters
MPs use parliamentary privilege to publish report on 'disgraceful' RBS unit Sky News
Published RBS report reveals 'widespread inappropriate' dealings Financial Times
Treasury Select Committee publishes full 'disgraceful' report into RBS' restructuring unit and 'profit centre' GRG City A.M.

Tandem Bank
Digital challenger bank Tandem has launched its first product - a credit card City A.M.

XL Catlin Insurance
XL Catlin pulls out of UK commercial fleet motor The Insurance Insider

GERMANY, SWITZERLAND AND AUSTRIA

Management board member resigns: As a result of Dombret's departure, the Bundesbank loses an important mouthpiece Handelsblatt
Germany woos banks with plan to make it easier to fire executives Financial Times
Bitcoin profits: According to Ministry of Finance no change in taxation planned Der Standard
Ministry of Finance is considering full taxation of Bitcoin profits Die Presse
Zuger Asset Manager increases its presence in London finews.ch

Banque Cantonale de Genève
The Geneva Cantonal Bank is to repay billions to the state finews.ch

Commerzbank
Commerzbank works at branches Börsen-Zeitung

Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank shortly before IPO launch for unit Börsen-Zeitung
Deutsche Bank to launch DWS IPO next week - sources Reuters
Deutsche Bank takes first step towards DWS listing Financial Times

Deutsche Börse
Deutsche Börse wants to grow faster again Börsen-Zeitung
UPDATE 1- Deutsche Börse posts rise in net profit despite weak markets Reuters
Deutsche Börse posts upbeat quarterly results Financial Times

Euroclear
Brexit prompts Euroclear to open settlement unit in Ireland Reuters

Graubündner Kantonalbank
Graubündner Kantonalbank takes a leaf from the booklet of UBS finews.ch

Hannover Re
Private LI Re 2016-2 cat bond, from Hannover Re vehicle, matured early Artemis

Helvetia Holding
Helvetia plays the dividend card Finanz und Wirtschaft

Joh. Berenberg, Gossler & Co.
Germany's Oldest Bank Is Pushing Into U.S., Hiring Analysts Bloomberg News

Temenos Group
Temenos plans acquisition in the UK finews.ch
Temenos says in advanced talks to make cash offer for Fidessa Reuters
Temenos in talks to buy UK financial data business Fidessa Financial Times
Temenos offer may not be final word on Fidessa The Times

Thurgauer Kantonalbank
Thurgauer Kantonalbank is weakening in its core business finews.ch
Thurgauer Kantonalbank earns less in the interest business Neue Zürcher Zeitung
Thurgauer KB feels low interest rates Finanz und Wirtschaft
BRIEF-Thurgauer Kantonalbank FY Net Profit Of CHF 129.4 Million Reuters

UBS Group
BRIEF-UBS Investment Bank Raises Stake In Takeover Target Sky ?-Filing Reuters

Vontobel Holding
Vontobel appoints six Managing Directors finews.ch

Zurich Insurance Group
Zurich begins new initiative aimed at partnering with 'innovators' Post
Zurich launches UK Innovation Foundry Reinsurance News

FRANCE AND BENELUX

ABN Amro Group
ABN Amro sells Luxembourg private bank to BNP Paribas Het Financieele Dagblad
ABN Amro withdraws from Luxembourg L'Echo

BNP Paribas
BNP Paribas acquires ABN Amro's private bank in Luxembourg L'Agefi
BNP Paribas strengthens its position in private banking in Luxembourg Les Echos

Crédit Agricole
Agricole sells 6 billion npl MF
By 2018 Agricole will absorb the three funds MF

ING Groep
ING says cryptocurrency exchange Bitfinex has an account with it Reuters
ING takes a majority stake in Makelaarsland De Telegraaf

SPAIN AND PORTUGAL

Guindos advises his successor to take advantage of the moment to advance in the construction of the euro Europa Press

Banco Santander
Santander has 145 million for possible compensation to minority shareholders of Popular Europa Press
Santander lowers the pension of Botín and Álvarez Expansión

Bankia
Bankia workers can join the ERE from tomorrow Europa Press

Bankinter
The manager of Bankinter registers as non-executive president the ex-counselor of Telefónica Alfonso Ferrari Europa Press

Caixabank
CaixaBank purchases 50% of Grupo Dia's financial Cinco Días
Caixabank transfers to its customers that the economic cycle is 'optimal' and 'acceleration Europa Press
CaixaBank acquires 50% of Dia's finance company Expansión

Caixa Económica Montepio Geral
Montepio's $ 20 million loss threatens Chinese investment Diário de Notícias

CatalunyaCaixa Capital
Narcís Serra says that the Bank of Spain tutered the operations for which Catalunya Caixa went bankrupt El País

Liberbank
Liberbank launches the instant transfer service Europa Press

Mapfre
Mapfre will launch a real estate fund in Luxembourg Expansión

ITALY AND GREECE

Mifid policies, agents to the clash MF
The IMF is pushing for tax cuts here and now Kerdos

Azimut Holding
Azimut buys Sofia sgr MF
BRIEF-Azimut Unit To Buy Going Concern Of Sofia SGR Investment Management Business Reuters

Credito Emiliano
Credito Emiliano goes hunting for new customers MF

Società per la Gestione di Attività (SGA)
The Sga waits for Padoan's signature MF

Unione di Banche Italiane
Ubi, Mediobanca: the de-risking process will not be complicated MF

NORDIC COUNTRIES

Danske Bank
Danske Bank proposes to the Board of Directors top managers Berlingske Business
Danske Bank names two new board candidates Reuters

DNB
BRIEF-DNB finalises share-buy back program Reuters

Nordfyns Bank
BRIEF-Nordfyns Bank FY 2017 Net Income Rises To DKK 53.2 Million Reuters

Jyske Bank
The fees save Jyske Bank's revenue Berlingske Business
Jyske Bank raised its profit slightly in 2017 Politiken
BRIEF-Jyske Bank Q4 Pre-Tax Profit at DKK 977 Million Reuters

Saxo Bank
Saxo Bank Chairman withdraws Berlingske Business

Sydbank
Greater profits in Sydbank despite earnings decline Politiken
BRIEF-Sydbank To Implement Share Buyback Programme Reuters

EASTERN EUROPE

Latvian Central Banker Hits Back in Deepening Bribery Scandal Bloomberg News
Latvia Signals Russia May Be Interfering in Banking Crisis Bloomberg News
Latvian defense ministry says corruption claims may be disinformation campaign Reuters
Latvian central bank chief Rimsevics says he is target of smear campaign Reuters
Insurers have distorted data on payments for compulsory motor TPL insurance for 2017 Vedomosti

Akbank
BRIEF-Akbank Mandates BNP Paribas, Citi, HSBC, Mizuho, MUFG And Societe Generale For Issuance Of USD Denominated Bonds Reuters
BRIEF-Akbank To Set Up Company Akode Elektronik With Initial Capital Of 12.0 Mln Lira Reuters

Borsa Istanbul
Turkey's Erdogan orders 25 percent Istanbul bourse sale in IPO - chairman Reuters
Borsa Istanbul chairman says aims to hold IPO when issues Q2 results Reuters

Commercial Bank Master-Capital
The Central Bank revoked the license from the bank "Master Capital" Vedomosti

Otkritie Financial
Mamut, a few days before the reorganization of FC Otkritie, ceased to be a co-owner of the bank Vedomosti

Yapi ve Kredi Bankasi
BRIEF-Yapi Kredi Proposes Not To Pay Dividend For FY 2017 Reuters

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