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Thursday's headlines, Financials edition

Germanyon track for new EU clash over bank-failure rules Bloomberg News
EU watchdog saysbank capital rising, profitability falling Reuters
Global regulatorstake softer line on bank capital Reuters
Biggestbanks to face tougher debt limits to end too-big-to fail Bloomberg News
Lenders'fears ease over Basel absolute leverage regulations Financial Times
Germaninsurers call for intervention of ECB's low interest rates Börsen-Zeitung

UK AND IRELAND

HSBC,RBS and Barclays plan to close 400 UK branches this year – sources Reuters
UKlawmaker urges clarity to stop banks offsetting fines against tax Reuters
Newstate pension rules a 'nasty surprise' for many Financial Times
Reinsurance broking:Living on the edge Reactions
UK insurers canstand Q4 flood losses: FitchReactions
FCA reviewing GIbroker professional indemnity cover Insurance Times
'Brexit'risks leaving European banks with $123 billion to cover Bloomberg News
UBS plays downchances of Britain leaving EU swissinfo.ch
Brexit costly forLondon, warns Kessler Reactions
JPMorgan boss advisesshareholders to vote Remain CityA.M.

Atom Bank
Atom Bank launcheschallenge to lenders FinancialTimes

Barclays
OCBC to buy bulk ofBarclays' Asian wealth management unit for $320 million Reuters
OCBCunit to purchase Barclays Asia wealth for $320 million Bloomberg News
LIBOR trial:Ex-Barclays staff earned big bonuses, court hears The Guardian
LIBOR case bankerjoked about riches FinancialTimes
Ex-Barclays tradersearned substantial bonuses, LIBOR trial hears Reuters
Ex-Barclaystrader used Greek bar as LIBOR-fixing lure, SFO says Bloomberg News
Barclays backs UKlaunch of Circle money transfer app The Guardian

HSBC
HSBCrevives mass-market investment advice TheDaily Telegraph
HSBCto offer investment advice to savers with smaller sums Financial Times

Irish Nationwide Building Society
Ex-INBS directorspaid 'ball of money' to settle case TheIrish Times

Worldpay
Bain, Advent fundsto sell 250 million shares in Worldpay – book runner Reuters

GERMANY, SWITZERLANDAND AUSTRIA

Swiss to stick with 1,000-franc bill – central bank Reuters
SNBkicks off new banknotes devoid of historical portraits Bloomberg News

Allianz
Anbang to acquire Allianz's South Korea operations Financial Times
China'sAnbang resumes overseas push, pays $3 million for Allianz's Korean unitsReuters
Anbangagrees to buy Allianz's operations in South Korea Bloomberg News
China'sAnbang to buy Allianz's Korean operations after dropping Starwood bid The Wall Street Journal
Allianzwithdraws from South Korea Börsen-Zeitung
Allianz doubles excess liability capacity to £50 millionper class Insurance Times

AXA Konzern
AXAKonzern names CEO Börsen-Zeitung

Credit Suisse Group
CreditSuisse said to cut 9 from Brazil fixed-income business Bloomberg News

Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Banksuspends five wealth management executives – source Reuters
DeutscheBank discloses asset-management revenue after overhaul Bloomberg News
DeutscheBank opens third innovation lab Börsen-Zeitung

Heta Asset Resolution
Carinthia calls for new Heta bonds settlement offer
Reuters
Carinthiasays no financial resources to place offer WirtschaftsBlatt
Germaninsurers say open to talks on pace of Heta bond repayments Reuters

UBS Group
UBS appoints Crystal to new EMEA fintech role Reuters

Valartis Bank (Liechtenstein)
Hong Kong'sCitychamp Watch says to buy $116 million Valartis Bank stake Reuters

FRANCE AND BENELUX

ABN AMRO Group
ABN AMRO to appoint Olga Zoutendijk as chairman ofsupervisory board Reuters

Ageas
Advertising watchdog raps Ageas Retail over 'misleading'mail ad Insurance Times

BNP Paribas
BNPsuspends Italian real estate biz country manager MF

Crédit Agricole
Crédit Agricole to conduct transaction linked to planned simplificationduring Q3
Reuters

Société Générale
EU cuts SocGenantitrust fine by about half to €227.7 million Reuters
SocGen'mistake' earns bank $248 million cut to EURIBOR fine Bloomberg News

VenetoBanca
VenetoBanca presents list of independent candidates for new board Il Sole 24Ore

SPAIN AND PORTUGAL

Banco BPI
CaixaBank,dos Santos resume talks on Banco BPI as deadline looms Reuters

Banco Santander
Santandersaid to plan to cut as many as 1,200 Spanish jobs Bloomberg News
Santander to cut up to1,200 jobs in Spain Expansión
Santander raises jobcuts in Spain to up to 1,200 El País

Bankinter
S&Pmaintains Bankinter's ratings, revises outlook to positive Europa Press

Grupo Catalana Occidente
GrupoCatalana Occidente acquires Grupo Previsora Bilbaína Expansión

Ibercaja Banco
S&P affirms ratingof Ibercaja; outlook positive Europa Press

ITALY AND GREECE

Italian government wins confidence vote over decree to bolsterbanks Reuters

Banca Popolare di Vicenza
UniCredit to press ahead with Popolare di Vicenza deal –sources Reuters
UniCreditto go ahead with BPVi deal MF

Piraeus Bank
Greece's Piraeus Bank to swing to profit this year – chairmanReuters
PiraeusBank expects to return to profit in 2016 ekathimerini.com

UBI Banca
UBI Banca to buy 1.8 million shares after withdrawal rightexercise Reuters

NORDIC COUNTRIES

Iceland government appoints new PM, to call early electionsReuters
Moody's says interest-only mortgage limits to benefitSwedish banks and covered bonds Reuters
Swedish central bank's Ingves: Cannot have much higherrates than world around us Reuters

Resurs Holding
Swedish bank Resurs aims for market listing in Q2Reuters

Swedbank
Mostefficient Swedish bank must get leaner as tax, rules loom Bloomberg News

Topdanmark
Topdanmark resumesbuyback program for 2016 Reuters

Tryg
FSA approves Tryg'sshare buyback FinansWatch

EASTERN EUROPE

Russianoutlook dim even if sanctions end early, World Bank says Bloomberg News
World Bank says Russia crisis to send poverty to highest indecade Reuters
Icelandoffshore case is different to Ukraine, Poroshenko says Bloomberg News
Albania cuts benchmark rate to fresh low of 1.5% Reuters
Albanian central bank cuts key rate by 25bps to 1.5%SEENews
Polish central bank governor comments after rate decisionReuters
Slovak banking sector resilient to potential shocks –central bank Reuters

Alior Bank
Polish Alior Bank plans $587 million share issue tofinance BPH deal Reuters
Alior Bankplans $2.2 billion share issue WarsawBusiness Journal

Baltic Investment Bank
BalticInvestment Bank reduces regional network by 20% Vedomosti

Banca Transilvania
Romania'snew champion steps into i­-banking Euromoney

Bank Handlowy
Bank Handlowy estimates Q1 result on trading at some 46million Polish zlotys – market filing PAP

MKB Bank
MKB Bank books 76.4 billion Hungarian forints loss in 2015Budapest Business Journal

Vnesheconombank
VEBlooks to get rid of nonperforming assets Banki.ru

VTB Bank
PanamaPapers link VTB deputy chairman to National Bank of Ukraine governorBanki.ru

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