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'Prepare for a rate rise soon' The Times
Fed Chairman Powell's first meeting could bring on more market volatility CNBC
Europe's banks told to keep planning for full Brexit in 2019 Financial Times
European Investment Bank ready to up its share of EU budget: media Reuters
EU watchdog tells banks to Brexit-proof their capital Reuters
EU Digs In Over Banks' Post-Brexit Access, But Divisions Emerge Bloomberg News
City tug of war continues as EU eyes 'improved' equivalence post-Brexit The Daily Telegraph
EU primes UK trade offer, seeks Brexit transition endorsement Reuters
G20 sees need for 'dialogue,' fails to defuse trade war threat Reuters
G20 agrees to 'monitor' cryptocurrencies but no action yet Reuters


UK's first pension consolidation fund targets £500bn in assets Financial Times
UK markets body proposes curbs on use of 'wash trades' Reuters
MPs need to delay final Brexit vote, insists OBR The Times
Rent-to-own household goods firm agrees £2.1m redress package with FCA Financial Times
Whiplash claims revamp to save drivers £35 a year Financial Times
Insurance leaders pledge to pass on personal injury reform savings Post
Britain's fintech firms are expecting growth to rocket over the next three years City A.M.
Fintech vulnerable to dishonesty and corruption, warns senior British judge Financial Times
State could sell bank shares to cut debt, says NTMA chief Irish Independent
Central Bank leaves controls on bank credit unchanged The Irish Times

Aon Benfield hires Meyenhofer & strengthens Bermuda reinsurance team Artemis

MPs demand FCA probe into Aviva preference share row Financial Times
City attacks Aviva bid to cancel preference shares The Times
Aviva Investors France strengthened its positions with third parties in 2017 L'Agefi

Lloyd's of London
Lloyd's of London sets electronic processing targets Reuters
Lloyd's names Dawnmarie Black as U.S. Northeast Regional Director Reinsurance News

Royal Bank of Scotland Group
RBS Chief McEwan hopes to resolve Justice Department case in 2018 Reuters

TP Icap
BRIEF-TP ICAP's Tullett Prebon Launches Alternative Asset Backed Lending Desk Reuters

Virgin Money Holdings (UK)
Virgin tie-up with money managers The Times


Merkel pleased about Brexit transition deal but says many problems remain Reuters
Swiss review criminal complaint filed by figure in 1MDB case Reuters
Zurich prosecutors charge three Germans with spying
Bundesbank praises Brexit transition phase - but many questions remain open Handelsblatt

Allianz Group
German mobile bank N26 raises $160 mln in funding round Reuters
Allianz and Tencent join N26 Börsen-Zeitung
$ 160 million for bank start-up N26 Diepresse
Allianz France intends to give meaning to its data for the benefit of customers L'Agefi

Bâloise Holding
Baloise Invests in Artificial Intelligence
Baloise Invests In OmniUs Reuters

Crealogix Holding
Crealogix Focuses on Foreign Markets

Deutsche Bank
MOVES-Deutsche Bank rejigs CEEMEA team Reuters
Books for IPO of Deutsche Bank unit DWS are two-and-a-half times covered: source? Reuters

BRIEF-Oberbank To Propose Dividend Of EUR 0.90 Per Share Reuters

Swiss Life Holding
Less pay for Swiss Life CEO Patrick Frost


BNP Paribas
BNP Paribas bets on an artificial intelligence solution L'Agefi

Bpifrance nearly doubles its capital gains in 2017 Les Echos
Bpifrance publishes a record result in 2017 thanks to disposals L'Agefi
"Bpifrance also wants to be a Fintech" La Tribune

NIBC Holding
BRIEF-NIBC Holding NV: Joint Global Coordinator Says Books Covered On Base Deal Size Reuters
NIBC: No incentive for ING to cancel the bonus De Telegraaf
Million bonus for the Dutch bank NIBC De Tijd

Société Générale
Societe Generale wants to strengthen its presence in Australia L'Agefi
Société Générale will settle two important disputes L'Agefi


Spain refuses to back withdrawal deal over Gibraltar concerns The Guardian
Catalonia bank deposits fell 17 percent in secession crisis Reuters
The banks in Catalonia lost 31,400 million in deposits at the end of the year by the 'procés' El País
Sabadell and Bankia will soon join Apple Pay Europa Press
"Banking union is a priority" says Centeno Expresso
Portugal Fintech wants to launch an "innovation hub" in Portugal Jornal de Negócios

Banca March
The Banca March Advisory Board in Euskadi holds its first meeting in Bilbao after integrating Consulnor Europa Press


Greek Banks Preparing to Dump Bad Loans Find a Buyer in Sweden Bloomberg News

Alpha Bank
Greece's Alpha Bank swings to Q4 loss on voluntary redundancy costs Reuters
Alpha Bank: Earnings after tax of € 89.5 million in 2017 Kerdos

Banca IFIS
BRIEF-Banca IFIS To Incorporate IFIS Leasing Reuters

Banco BPM
Akros, Cattolica: bancassurance will recover with Banco BPM MF

Credito Valtellinese
Italy's Creval says share issue fully subscribed Reuters

BRIEF-Generali Launches Infrastructure Debt Platform GGI Reuters
Generali, via the management plan MF
Generali wants to grow in Turkey MF


U.S. tariff proposals negative for Norway's wealth fund: central bank Reuters
The World's Happiest Place Wants to Hire the Best Finance Brains Bloomberg News

Danske Bank
Goldman and Pimco cash in after Danske book deal Irish Independent

UPDATE 1-DNB maintains 3-4 pct lending growth target for 2018 -CEO Reuters

Danske Nets employees can lose work Politiken

Nordea Bank
Nordea Wants More Bankers for Wealth Unit Bloomberg News

Nordic Investment Bank
NIB names banks for USD500m min April 2020, MS-6bp area Reuters

Sandnes Sparebank
BRIEF-Sandnes Sparebank: One Of Bank's Corporate Customers To File For Bankruptcy Reuters


Slovenia central bank governor seeks police protection after threats Reuters
The Central Bank will prohibit creditors from assigning debts to "black collectors" Vedomosti
Moody's put Russia's rating in dependence on sanctions and structural reforms Vedomosti
Insurance will be cut off from the team Kommersant

Bank Zachodni WBK
BZ WBK prices PLN 1 bln subordinated bond issue Warsaw Business Journal
Bank BZWBK priced PLN 1 bln subdebt at 160 bps over 6M WIBOR PAP

Sberbank of Russia
Russia's Sberbank to transfer part of loan portfolio to PSB Reuters
Sberbank agreed to transfer to Promsvyazbank defense credits Vedomosti

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