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ECB holds steady on interest rates despite strong performance in the Eurozone The Daily Telegraph
ECB to keep rates low for 'extended period' The Irish Times
RPT--ECB to stop accepting subordinated bank bonds as collateral Reuters
GLOBAL MARKETS-World shares little changed amid slate of central bank meetings Reuters
Banks drag European shares down as investors await Draghi Reuters
ECB's Draghi sidelines critics to keep money taps wide open Reuters
ECB hawks wanted to signal change to stimulus pledge at meeting - sources Reuters
Gibraltar launches world's first licence for fintech firms using blockchain The Independent


UPDATE 1-Financials weigh on Britain's FTSE as BoE holds rates Reuters
Bank of England leaves rates on hold but hints at 'modest' rises ahead The Times
The UK is still the world's top financial services exporter generating more than its next two competitors combined City A.M.
UK keeps top financial sector global ranking, Brexit seen as risk Reuters
UPDATE 1-Japan, UK eye post-Brexit mutual recognition of trade standards Reuters
Britain's finance minister, central bank chief head to China seeking deals Reuters
Credit card customers caught up in spiraling debt could save up to £1.3bn under new rules The Independent
City watchdog pushes on with plans to cut credit card charges City A.M.
Bankers will pay a price for selfless acts of kindness Financial Times
Andrew Bailey: Bitcoin investors should be prepared to lose all their money City A.M.
UK bulk annuity market to flourish in 2018, says Aon Reinsurance News
UK re/insurers could lose "substantial business" without Brexit transition deal Reinsurance News

Allied Irish Banks
Government should sell more of its remaining 71pc stake in bailed-out lenders - AIB CEO Irish Independent
AIB chief tells Government it's a good time to sell the bank Irish Independent

Bradford & Bingley
M&G plots bid for £5.5bn Bradford & Bingley loan-book Sky News

Lloyds Banking Group
Sir Hector Sants denies Lloyds/HBOS deal pressure Financial Times
Former FSA chief Sir Hector Sants denies trying to push Lloyds into HBOS merger City A.M.
HBOS collapse in crisis would have led to UK bank funding 'evaporating', High Court hears The Daily Telegraph

Lloyd's of London
Pioneer's syndicate 1980 at Lloyd's approved for underwriting from 1/1 Reinsurance News

Old Mutual
Buxton close to sealing £550m TA-backed Old Mutual buyout Sky News
Old Mutual Global Investors chief near buyout deal backed by TA Associates: source Reuters


Swiss National Bank relaxed on virtual currencies Reuters
The SNB confirms the negative interest rate and warns against price correction in the mortgage market Neue Zürcher Zeitung
Pictet: SNB could raise interest earlier than ECB Finanz und Wirtschaft

acrevis Bank
Acrevis Appoints New Head Private Banking

Bawag buys another bank in Germany Die Presse
Bawag buys Deutscher Ring Bausparkasse Handelsblatt

Credit Suisse Group
Credit Suisse Promotes 166 Employees to Managing Director Level Bloomberg News
Credit Suisse hires Deutsche Bank veteran Dunning for equities expansion Financial Times
Credit Suisse invests in wealth management fintech

Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank sells chunk of Polish business to Santander Financial Times
Deutsche Bank Had Flagged Manafort-Related Transactions The Wall Street Journal

Hamilton Underwriting
Hamilton hires Novae alum Patten for Syndicate 3334 Insurance Insider

Thurgauer Kantonalbank
Thurgauer Kantonalbank: Reorganization leads to layoffs

UBS Group
UPDATE 3-UBS puts wealth management in hands of ex-Commerzbank boss Blessing Reuters
UBS is rebuilding the management Neue Zürcher Zeitung
UBS and the "Fake Papers"


UPDATE 1-BNPP and Credit Agricole to advise on Belgium Green bond Reuters

Amundi finally takes a position on research costs L'Agefi

Axa: the board wants to renew the CEO Le Figaro

BNP Paribas
BNP announces two job changes in its French retail bank L'Agefi

Promotions at Natixis L'Agefi

Société Générale
Societe Generale acquires rental activities in Cegedim Le Figaro


S & P believes that insurers will benefit from GDP growth despite Catalonia and low rates Europa Press
The debt of Spanish banks with the ECB falls 2.35% in November, given the lower political uncertainty Europa Press
The bancassurance channel grows 28.7% in 2016, according to DBK Informa Europa Press
Banks may benefit from the sale of debt securities Jornal de Negócios
Bank of Portugal warns that bitcoin is not considered safe as currency Jornal de Notícias
Interest on Portugal's debt rising to 5 and 10 years and down to two Jornal de Notícias

ABANCA Corporación Bancaria
Abanca exceeds the capital requirements of the ECB by 2018 Europa Press

Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria
BBVA leads online banking services in Europe, according to Forrester Europa Press

The capital ratios of Bankinter exceed the requirements of the ECB Europa Press
Bankinter launches a mortgage contract 100% online and without being a client Europa Press
Bankinter launches a mortgage so as not to step on the office or change banks Cinco Días

The application 'Liberbank Pay' already allows to pay with the mobile and withdraw cash without the need of card Europa Press

Unicaja Banco
Unicaja Banco sells 75% of two real estate to Axactor Europa Press


UPDATE 1-Italy regulator lands Renzi in trouble over bank collapse Reuters
Zonin: from Bankitalia never orders on merger Vicenza-Veneto bank Il Sole 24 Ore
The bet and the challenge of "red" loans Kerdos

Banca Carige
ECB urges Carige on governance Il Sole 24 Ore
Carige, Moody's confirms the Caa2 rating MF

Credito Valtellinese
BRIEF-Creval's French Shareholder Dumont to take part in cash call Reuters
Creval, Dumont will sign the increase ANSA

Intesa Sanpaolo
Intesa Sanpaolo completes takeover of Veneto Banca in Romania Romania Insider

Unicredit issues 1 billion AT1 to 5.375%. Boom of requests MF


Norges Bank keeps interest rates unchanged Dagens Næringsliv

Danske Bank
Danica Pension buys Swedish competitor and quarter million customers Politiken
SEB Pension-CEO: Customer satisfaction and digital focus core competencies Berlingske Business

Nordea Bank
Nordea upgrades expectations of gains on moving to Finland Berlingske Business

BRIEF-Sydbank Increases Ownership Interest In Sparekassen Sjælland-Fyn


UPDATE 1-Russia's central bank to form biggest non-state pension fund with $9 bln merger -sources Reuters
Russia's cenbank agrees to merge Otkritie pension funds Reuters
Serbia's c-bank keeps CCyB rate unchanged at 0% SEENews
The Central Bank announced the highly anticipated interest rate decision! Here is the first reaction of the dollar Hürriyet

Bank Zachodni WBK
BANK ZACHODNI WBK SA Commencement of the negotiations aimed at acquiring the carve out business of Deutsche Bank Polska PAP
BANK ZACHODNI WBK SA Signing of the transaction agreement related to the acquisition of certain businesses (through a carve out) of Deutsche Bank Polska S.A. PAP
Bank BZ WBK structured for-equity deal with eye to 50% dividend payment capacity end-2018 PAP

UPDATE 1-Russia's Promsvyazbank agrees to bailout by central bank -sources Reuters
Promsvyazbank urged not to pay attention to publications on sanitation Vedomosti

Sberbank of Russia
Sberbank CFO says previous talks with Alibaba finished Reuters
UPDATE 2-Russia's Sberbank to pay 50 pct of earnings in dividends by 2020 -CEO Reuters
This Russian Doomsayer Doesn't Believe in Banks, But He Runs One Bloomberg News
VTB cleared the balance sheet from Sberbank Kommersant

Türkiye Halk Bankasi
Turkish banker expected to testify in Iran sanctions trial in New York Reuters

CORRECTED-(Official) Capital of Russian state bank VEB seen at over 450 bln roubles at end-2017 - RIA Reuters

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