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Friday's headlines, Financials edition

EU to lay out Brexit response, set negotiating priorities Reuters
Citi European boss to staff: Say goodbye to passporting City A.M.
ECB Stimulus Should Start Disappearing From January, Knot Says Bloomberg News
ECB policymakers want to stick to plan, one calls for flexibility Reuters
European Central Bank must be more democratic admits senior official City A.M.
ECB official raises questions over accountability after criticism over mandate Financial Times
German Inflation Decelerates in Dip Predicted by ECB Bloomberg News
German, Spanish inflation ebbs, easing pressure on ECB Reuters
Euro-Area Economic Confidence Unexpectedly Slips in March Bloomberg News
Insurers face data protection timebomb Insurance Times
Half of insurtech investment is in artificial intelligence and IoT Post

UK AND IRELAND

U.K. Hints Lawmakers May Get Vote on Staying in EU Single Market Bloomberg News
May Names Elite Team of Ministers to Run U.K.'s Brexit Strategy Bloomberg News
Britain's Breakaway Haunted by Continued Role of EU Judges Bloomberg News
Sturgeon's threat to obstruct Brexit bill The Times
JPMorgan Said in Talks for Dublin Office as Citi Weighs EU Unit Bloomberg News
JPMorgan eyes Dublin site as it weighs up Brexit options Financial Times
EU's Verhofstadt Wants Brexit Deal on Citizens' Rights This Year Bloomberg News
Verhofstadt wants to find a way for Britons to keep EU membership rights City A.M.
German minister warns of tough Brexit talks, no discount available Reuters
UK's Brexit bill likely to be well under €60bn, says think tank The Irish Times
Brexit divorce bill could be much lower than €60bn estimate City A.M.
Sturgeon Prepares Letter to May Seeking New Independence Vote Bloomberg News
More calls to regulate UK investment consultants Financial Times
Ex-Jefferies Banker's WhatsApp Boast Leads to First FCA App Fine Bloomberg News
UK watchdog fines former banker for WhatsApp client breaches Reuters
BOE Risks New Outrage With Fix for Animal Fat in Banknotes Bloomberg News
Truss launches Ogden rate consultation Post
Insurers' hopes raised over increase to discount rate City A.M.
Insurers to be hit with transparency rules from this weekend Post

Allied Irish Banks
Nama set for loan sale as AIB nears €300m BTL deal Irish Independent

DEPFA BANK
Dublin-based Depfa swings into profit as wind-down accelerates The Irish Times

HSBC
Aramco Hires JPMorgan, Morgan Stanley, HSBC for IPO Roles Bloomberg News
Saudi Aramco formally appoints banks to advise on share sale Reuters
HSBC's Turkey Unit Sees Return to Profit After Restructuring Bloomberg News
HSBC to improve services for transgender customers Financial Times
HSBC offers choice of transgender titles for bank's customers The Guardian
HSBC's partnering with a PayPal-backed fintech startup for trade finance City A.M.

Lloyd's of London
Brussels move will affect fewer than 100 staff at Lloyd's Post
Lloyd's expects insurers to follow it to Brussels Financial Times
Lloyd's chair isn't worried about the impact of new EU hub on London City A.M.
Major claims rise but profits stable at Lloyd's in 2016 Insurance Day
Lloyd's hopes to revisit Index for ILS players at end of year Artemis

London Stock Exchange Group
Stock exchange chief to make £5m from failed Deutsche Börse deal The Times
London Stock Exchange purchases shares Börsen-Zeitung

Marex Spectron Group
Marex Spectron reaps record profits from expansion Financial Times

Royal London Mutual Insurance Society
Royal London seeks Irish licence to end uncertainty The Times
Royal London picks its EU base ... and goes for Ireland City A.M.

Willis Towers Watson
BRIEF-Willis Towers Watson CEO John Haley's FY 2016 total compensation was $28.85 mln - SEC filing Reuters
WCMA rebrands itself to Willis Towers Watson Securities Artemis

GERMANY, SWITZERLAND AND AUSTRIA

Victims of 'Swiss Madoff' awarded compensation Reuters
Fraudster ordered to pay CHF207 million damages swissinfo.ch
The stock exchange works council criticizes high costs Börsen-Zeitung
Banks welcome law bureaucracy Börsen-Zeitung

Allianz Group
Allianz and BMW move up a gear on autonomous car cover Insurance Day

Berlin Hyp
Berlin Hyp wants to beat the result Börsen-Zeitung

Credit Suisse Group
BRIEF-Credit Suisse AG announces its intent to suspend further issuances of its Csls Etns Reuters
CS Chairman: Wage Bill Remains Too High finews

Deutsche Bank
Lugano Loses Yet Another Important Bank finews

Deutsche Börse
German lawmaker warns U.S. exchanges against Deutsche Börse bids Reuters
German minister warns US exchanges off Deutsche Börse after LSE collapse City A.M.

Heta Asset Resolution
Crisis bank Heta makes speed with settlement Börsen-Zeitung

HSH Nordbank
HSH for the merger of Landesbanken Börsen-Zeitung
HSH Nordbank expects sales Börsen-Zeitung

InvestitionsBank Schleswig-Holstein
InvestitionsBank is outside HSH sales Börsen-Zeitung

Swiss Life
Swiss Life CEO Battling Cancer finews
Swiss-Life boss falls out a few months Börsen-Zeitung

UBS Group
UBS Introduces Digital Signature finews.ch

Zurich Insurance Group
Zurich, 81% of the members vote the mega increase MF

FRANCE AND BENELUX

Brussels hopes to reap further Brexit rewards after luring Lloyd's Reuters
UPDATE 1-Luxembourg says has legal right to host relocating EU banking body Reuters
Luxembourg lays claim to EU banking agency The Times
France to hold U.S. roadshows to attract business to Paris post-Brexit Reuters

AXA
Axa confirms: we do not need Generali MF

Coface
Coface opens IT development center in Bucharest Romania Insider

SPAIN AND PORTUGAL

UPDATE 1-Spain's bad bank reports loss for fourth year in a row Reuters
The Banco de España earns 28% less in 2016, up to 1,624 million Europa Press
Portugal sets up task force to lure post-Brexit investment Reuters
Banco de Portugal gives 500 million to the state this year Jornal De Negócios
Portugal's banks return to the bond market Börsen-Zeitung

Bankia
Bankia sells a portfolio of doubtful and failed loans of 103 million Europa Press

Bankinter
Bankinter places $500 million in 10-year subordinated debt with a five-fold demand Europa Press

Caixa Geral de Depósitos
CGD will close 61 branches. Learn which Diário De Notícias
CGD closes 61 branches this year. Less than nine predicted Jornal De Negócios
CGD increases capital by 2.5 billion Jornal Económico
CGD: Public Bank Recapitalization Completed Today Diário De Notícias

EVO Banco
Evo 'sign' as independent director to exdirectivo de Google Javier Rodríguez Zapatero Europa Press

Novo Banco
Portugal finance minister to speak on Novo Banco sale on Friday Reuters
Novo Banco: State will have veto power in asset sales Jornal Económico
State may have to inject money into Novo Banco from 2019 Jornal De Negócios
Novo Banco. Big investors "will never accept €600 million" compensation Expresso
Banco de Portugal calls bankers to discuss sale of Novo Banco Jornal Económico
President of the Republic says it is "premature" to talk about Novo Banco Jornal De Negócios

Unicaja Banco
Moody's blesses Unicaja's IPO El Mundo
Moody's: Unicaja's IPO to improve its capital and return aid to the FROB Expansión

ITALY AND GREECE

Italy court acquits S&P and managers in rating downgrades case Reuters
Seer Capital will buy all Mediocredito Europeo MF
Banks, Senate concludes the discussion of the draft bill inquiry commission MF
UPDATE 1-Greek banks Alpha, NBG returned to profit in 2016, aim to cut bad debts Reuters

BPER Banca
Bper already working on Carife MF

Intesa Sanpaolo
Mediobanca: Atlante can cost 8 points Cet 1 Intesa MF

Generali

Generali increases earnings in Germany Börsen-Zeitung
Banca Generali, the remuneration of managers in 2016 MF

NORDIC COUNTRIES

Easing interest rates vital for Iceland, PM says Reuters
Sydbank and Jyske Bank receive an order for the management of agricultural loans FinansWatch

Danske Andelskassers Bank
Larger board reshuffle underway in Danske Andelskassers Bank Berlingske Business

Danske Bank
Danske Bank snatches known mortgage-lobbyist FinansWatch

Nordea Bank
Nordea hiring virtual employees FinansWatch

Sparekassen Kronjylland

Sparekassen Kronjylland switches Chairman FinansWatch

Spar Nord Bank
Spar Nord: Lower sales of home loans than expected FinansWatch

Stadshypotek

Stadshypotek issued international bonds for USD 1,250.0m maturing in 2022 with a 2.5% coupon Cbonds

EASTERN EUROPE

UPDATE 3-Get ready for crown float at any moment, Czech central bank says Reuters
IMF to consider $1bn Ukraine assistance next Monday Financial Times
EBRD to Help Ukraine to Tackle Non-Performing Loan Crisis Sputnik News
The ruble is kept at the Central Bank rate Kommersant
MNB leaves countercyclical capital buffer rate at 0% Budapest Business Journal
Hungarian central bank does not hit lending breaks Portfolio.hu
Bulgarian micro-credit provider iCredit plans to open 15 new offices in Romania Romania Insider
NBP: Bank profits inches up in February Warsaw Business Journal
Polish banks post aggregate net profit of PLN 845 mln in February, up by 1.6% y/y - NBP PAP
Impaired loan portfolio edges up m/m to PLN 70.8 bln, 7.0% of gross book at end-Feb. PAP

mBank
mBank appoints Commerzbank insider Boeger as new CFO PAP
mBank shareholders approve full 2016 profit retention PAP

Türkiye Halk Bankasi

Turkish foreign minister says U.S. arrest of banker is 'political' Reuters
Turkey to take steps on arrest of Halkbank executive in the U.S. -Erdogan adviser Reuters

VTB Bank
VTB will deploy "Chocolate" Kommersant

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.