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Friday's headlines, Financials edition

Brexit, geopolitical uncertainties pose new risks for eurozone banks, ECB warns The Wall Street Journal
Germany blocks small progress on banking union at EU summit Reuters
ECB sees no need to enhance measures to fight asset bubbles Reuters
Five euro zone banks face payout cap after falling short of ECB demands Reuters
Finland's Hakkarainen to be named ECB supervisory board member - report Reuters
Global regulators pile pressure on banks over accounting rule Reuters
Draghi discussed Trump stimulus prospects with EU leaders: Merkel Reuters
Deutsche Bank, Nomura begin trial in Monte Paschi collusion case Bloomberg News
BBVA, ING highlight importance of mobile devices for financial institutions Europa Press
New committee to lead swaps identifier effort Reuters
Big leveraged buyouts in Europe suffer sharp drop Financial Times
Finance bosses terrified of tax shame The Daily Telegraph
EU insurance stress tests focus on the challenge of low interest rates Financial Times
EU test results show insurers may have to cut dividends - watchdog Reuters
2016 re/insurance industry disaster losses put at $49bn by Swiss Re Artemis

UK AND IRELAND

BOE holds rates, flags global risks The Wall Street Journal
U.K. plays down report Brexit trade deal could take 10 years Bloomberg News
Brexit trade deal could take 10 years, says UK's ambassador BBC News
EU politicians believe trade deal could take decade, No 10 is warned The Guardian
EU leaders discuss Brexit without Theresa May The Wall Street Journal
Carney said to meet at ECB as central banks seek Brexit help Bloomberg News
UK faces Brexit settlement bill of up to £50bn, Sky sources say Sky News
Japanese banks warn of Brexit moves from London Financial Times
Talks with insurers looking to leave UK 'hardening' Irish Independent
Increasing number of insurers considering moving to Ireland - c.bank Reuters
Cyber insurance market has 'hit a fork in the road' in 2016 Post

Alliance Trust
Alliance Trust investors face higher costs from overhaul Financial Times
Alliance Trust to sell investment management arm to Liontrust Financial Times

Neon Underwriting
Insurer Neon considering Dublin operation if Britain loses passporting rights Reuters

Royal Bank of Scotland
RBS said to seek EU consent for smaller Williams & Glyn sale Bloomberg News

GERMANY, SWITZERLAND AND AUSTRIA

Banks rush to borrow German debt as cash-for-bonds scheme launches - sources Reuters
Deutsche Bank warns against uncertain 2017 for institutions Börsen-Zeitung
Swiss keep rates on hold amid political uncertainty Reuters
Swiss franc red herring keeps economists guessing on SNB policy Bloomberg News
SNB's Zurbrügg says big banks need more CoCos Reuters

ARAG Holding
ARAG confident of receiving green light for sale of life insurance businesses to Frankfurter Leben Börsen-Zeitung

Credit Suisse Group
Credit Suisse's Illy expects 3 to 5 Swiss IPOs in 2017 Reuters
Credit Suisse names head of equities for investment bank unit finews.ch

Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank's staff pay stays high, come rain or shine Reuters

Julius Bär Gruppe
Julius Bär not ruling out new public stimulus in Spain in face of slowing growth Europa Press

Migros Bank
Migros Bank names new member for board of directors finews.ch

N26
N26 responds to security gaps Handelsblatt

Raiffeisen Zentralbank Österreich
Austria's Raiffeisen says completed sale of stake in UNIQA Reuters

UBS Group
UBS cutting nearly two dozen jobs in Asia in cost cutting push: sources Reuters
UBS co-head of Asia ECM Brosnan to leave the firm at end-Dec - IFR Reuters

FRANCE AND BENELUX

Low interest rates provide first on Dutch debt market Het Financieele Dagblad
ECB sheds ING and Amundi from ABS buying program Reuters

Achmea
Achmea cuts further jobs mainly in the Netherlands Het Financieele Dagblad
Achmea cuts another 2,000 jobs De Telegraaf

AEGON
AEGON makes management changes De Telegraaf

Crédit Agricole
Crédit Agricole's LCL to cut 20 pct of back-office staff - union source Reuters

Euronext
Euronext closes acquisition of a 20 pct stake in EuroCCP Reuters
Euronext completes EuroCCP acquisition De Telegraaf

ING Groep
ING only financing green offices De Telegraaf

SCOR
Reinsurer SCOR issues a new contingent capital facility Reuters
SCOR grows its catastrophe and mortality contingent capital facility Artemis

Van Lanschot
Van Lanschot looking for more acquisitions after Staalbankiers deal Het Financieele Dagblad

SPAIN AND PORTUGAL

Bank of Spain deputy governor sees room for further banking consolidation Reuters
Spanish central bank to act as asset manager of ECB's securitized bond purchase plan Europa Press
Roldán calls for more rigorous explanations of sanctions imposed on banks Europa Press

Banco BPI
Angolan central bank authorizes transfer of €29.2 million from Banco de Fomento Angola to Banco BPI Jornal de Negócios
Banco BPI may issue up to €350 million in subordinated debt Jornal de Negócios
BPI denies termination of deputy manager role Jornal de Negócios
ECB lowers capital requirement of Banco BPI Jornal de Negócios

Banco de Sabadell
Sabadell CEO says performance to improve when EURIBOR exceeds 1% Europa Press

Banco Popular Español
Banco Popular Español CEO says lender's problems are neither definitive nor deadly Europa Press

Banco Santander
Banco Santander's Álvarez comments on unpaid commissions Europa Press
Banco Santander CEO says sees London as smaller financial hub after Brexit Reuters
Former Banco Santander CEO to join Vatican Bank Europa Press

Bankia
Bankia will close 80 branches in Spain in 2016 Reuters
Spanish congress expands deadline to privatize Bankia, Banco Mare Nostrum by two years Europa Press
Bankia CEO considers raising bank charges a strategic mistake Europa Press

Novo Banco
Novo Banco sale decision postponed to January 2017 Jornal de Negócios

ITALY AND GREECE

Italy prepared to pump 15 billion euros into ailing banks: sources Reuters
Popolare Vicenza, Veneto Banca readying 8 bln euro bad loan sale Reuters
Italian state council deals fresh blow to cooperative bank reform plan MF
Greece pushes forward with measures opposed by creditors The Wall Street Journal
Greece snubs lenders, approves Christmas bonus as Europe divided Reuters
Greek Christmas bonus, VAT, raise concerns over bailout commitments – ESM Reuters

Alpha Bank
Alpha Bank board member resigns Naftemporiki

Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena
Qatar sovereign wealth fund still mulling Monte dei Paschi investment - source Reuters
Italy market watchdog approves Monte Paschi reopening of debt swap offer Reuters
Consob approves Monte dei Paschi's debt swap offer ANSA

Banca Popolare di Bari
Italy finance police search Popolare Bari bank- statement Reuters

Intesa Sanpaolo
Intesa Sanpaolo fined $235m over financial violations Financial Times
Intesa Sanpaolo fined $235 million by US authorities MF
Intesa Sanpaolo says to book U.S. fine in Q4 Reuters
Intesa Sanpaolo borrows 3.5 bln euros in ECB financing operation Reuters
Intesa Sanpaolo expected to complete Banca ITB purchase Dec. 19 MF

National Bank of Greece
National Bank of Greece makes €2.03 billion repayment of CoCos Naftemporiki

Piraeus Bank
HFSF intervenes in Piraeus Bank's management deadlock Kerdos

UniCredit
UniCredit headcount reduction does not affect Hungarian operation Portfolio.hu

NORDIC COUNTRIES

Swedish FSA says will not change traffic light model for insurers Reuters
Norway raises countercyclical capital bank buffer Reuters
Norway's central bank says probability of rate cut has not changed Reuters
Norges Bank keeps interest rates unchanged E24
Norway banks well placed to handle higher buffer demand - c.bank Reuters
Moody's changes outlook on Finland's banking system to stable from negative Reuters

Nets Holding
Nets partners with Finnish post office for provision of payment solutions in several areas FinansWatch

Nordea Bank
Nordea introduces negative interest rates for all business users FinansWatch

Tryg
Tryg sells a property portfolio and writes down certain intangible assets Reuters
Tryg sells five properties, including main districts in Denmark, Norway FinansWatch
Moody's lifts Tryg's ratings after property sale FinansWatch

EASTERN EUROPE

Extension of sanctions against Russia unlikely, according to central bank's forecasts Banki.ru
Czech banks gross over 60 billion koruna more in 2016 than 2015 E15
Slovenian c.bank urges reforms to ensure long-term growth Reuters

mBank
Polish regulator seeks capital buffer for Commerzbank unit Reuters
mBank asked to keep 325 bps extra capital buffer at consolidated level related to FX portfolio PAP

Sberbank of Russia
Sberbank introduces online banking service for corporate clients Banki.ru

Tatfondbank
Russia's central bank imposes 3-month moratorium on claims of Tatfondbank's creditors Reuters

VTB Bank
VTB Bank forecasts improved growth in retail banking Vedomosti

VTB Bank (Armenia)
VTB Bank (Armenia) Visa and MasterCard holders may receive money transfers immediately on their cards ArmBanks

The Daily Dose Europe "Headlines" edition aggregates banking, financial services and insurance headlines from the websites of a limited number of major European publication titles and newswires, with an editorial deadline of 6 a.m. London time. Some external links may require a subscription. Language translations to English are provided by an automated service and may not be entirely accurate.