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Wednesday's headlines, Financials edition

Exclusive: ECB replaces Brussels head, annuls four hires after rule breach Reuters
ECB criticised for overstepping mandate in eurozone crisis Financial Times
Dispute over combating money laundering escalated Börsen-Zeitung
Brussels to decide tomorrow on LSE-DB merger L'Agefi
Stock exchanges on stand-by as they await merger news from Brussels City A.M.
Banks: Basel curries on big risks ANSA
Standard Ethics, new sustainability rate with 40 EU banks MF
Insured Losses From Catastrophes at a 4-Year High, Swiss Re Says Bloomberg News
Global insured disaster losses hit $54bn in 2016: Swiss Re Post
Risk knowledge key, as reinsurers shift to become less traditional: Swiss Re Artemis
Mortality rate observations place longevity market in a state of flux: Aon Hewitt Artemis

UK AND IRELAND

Britain Heads Into Unknown as May Signs Brexit Trigger Bloomberg News
Sterling Drops as May Signs Brexit Trigger for Process to Begin Bloomberg News
May Turns Positive With Talk of Special Partnership With EU Bloomberg News
Prime Minister rings Tusk, Merkel and Juncker on eve of Article 50 trigger City A.M.
UPDATE 1-British PM May to fire starting gun on Brexit Reuters
Banks try to calm staff nerves with staggered Brexit shift Reuters
Two-thirds of financial firms still staying shtum on Brexit City A.M.
EU talks come before Scots vote, Sturgeon told The Times
UPDATE 1-Bank of England's McCafferty leans against early rate hike Reuters
Bank of England hawk signals no rush to raise interest rates The Daily Telegraph
Banks now have better capital buffers than they did last year City A.M.
London P2P startup Lendable lands £100m City A.M.
Payments company Square launches in the U.K. Reuters
Twitter founder launches mobile payments company Square in the UK The Independent
Irish central bank governor calls for Brexit transition periods City A.M.
Banking crash makes State cautious in post-Brexit carve-up The Irish Times
Brexit: Central Bank creates new teams The Irish Times
IUA calls for reform on the discount rate as increase in premiums are becoming 'sizeable' Post
PRA plans fee for Solvency II internal model approval Post

Aldermore Group
MOVES-Aldermore hires risk directors for business finance unit Reuters

Barclays
Ex-Barclays Trader Says Cash Desk Never Set Libor Independently Bloomberg News
UPDATE 1-Barclays in talks to sell Zimbabwe bank to Malawi's First Merchant Bank Reuters

Lloyd's of London
'Tough regulation' blamed as Lloyd's rejects Irish move Irish Independent
Brexit: Lloyd's may have ruled out Dublin The Irish Times

OneSavings Bank
OneSavings Bank shares fall after cornerstone backer ditches shareholding City A.M.

Royal Bank of Scotland Group
UPDATE 1-RBS raises settlement offer to last claimants over 2008 cash call Reuters
RBS offers to sweeten the deal for shareholder action group City A.M.

Ulster Bank
Manager settles case over disciplinary proceedings by Ulster Bank The Irish Times

GERMANY, SWITZERLAND AND AUSTRIA

Some German Investors Weigh Pulling Funds From UK Amid Brexit Fears Sputnik News
S&P highlights ratings of German banks Börsen-Zeitung
GDV presents samples for Cyberpolice Börsen-Zeitung
Swiss Banks Warn on Data-Sharing finews
A new asset manager is setting up his tents in Zurich finews.ch

Allianz Group
Pricewaterhouse becomes an Allianz auditor Börsen-Zeitung

Bausparkasse Schwäbisch Hall
Schwäbisch Hall is armed with provisions Börsen-Zeitung

Commerzbank
Commerzbank wants to outsource business to HSBC Handelsblatt
Commerzbank relies on building loans Börsen-Zeitung

Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank rejects Wertheim's claim Handelsblatt
MOVES-DB names global credit financing and solutions syndicate head Reuters

Evangelische Bank
Evangelische Bank sweeps places Börsen-Zeitung

Frankfurter Sparkasse
Frankfurter Sparkasse is under pressure Börsen-Zeitung

Investitionsbank Berlin
IBB relies on red-green-green government Börsen-Zeitung

KfW
Development Bank Error Much Larger Than First Thought Handelsblatt

UBS Group
Putting All Our Eggs in China's Basket Came at a Cost, UBS Says Bloomberg News
UBS: Christian Wiesendanger to Share New Job finews.ch

Vaudoise Assurances
Vaudoise assumes fund management finews.ch

Vontobel
Vontobel engages with Swissquote finews.ch

Zurich Insurance Group

Greco Loses Another Top Zurich Executive finews.ch

FRANCE AND BENELUX

UPDATE 1-New French franc would not be devalued in Frexit- Le Pen Reuters
French private equity raised record amounts in 2016 L'Agefi

AEGON
Former Delta Lloyd board member for Aegon De Telegraaf

Amundi
Amundi and the CEA create a joint venture capital company L'Agefi

Crédit Agricole
Crédit Agricole entrusts Fintech Fund to Breega Capital L'Agefi

Rothschild & Co

Rothschild working with Telecom Italia to find broadband partner - sources Reuters

SPAIN AND PORTUGAL

Guindos sees more consolidation in the Spanish financial sector and believes that the Bankia-BMN merger is "a signal" Europa Press
Cajas returned 9 billion euros for preferred shares and the Bankia IPO Europa Press

Banco Mare Nostrum
BMN to re-elect three directors at its next shareholders meeting Europa Press

Banco Popular Español
UPDATE 1-Spain's Banco Popular in talks with Libra Group for possible asset sale - report Reuters

Banco Santander
Qatar to Sell Up to $900 Million Shares in Santander Brazil Unit Bloomberg News
Qatar Holdings to sell 80 mln units of Santander Brasil in offering Reuters

BBVA
BBVA joins Hyperledger, blockchain's leading open source community Europa Press

Instituto de Crédito Oficial
Instituto de Credito Oficial issued international bonds for EUR 500.0m maturing in 2020 with a 0.05% coupon Cbonds

Novo Banco
The sale of Novo Banco is expected to close this week L'Agefi

Unicaja Banco

Unicaja gets July as the deadline to jump to the stock market Expansión

ITALY AND GREECE

Venetian banks, the ECB dossier hung at negotiated Rome-Brussels ANSA
Venetian banks, closed the offer. Redemption judgment triggers appeals Il Sole 24 Ore
Milan, in three years at the Bankitalia reported 180 million at risk of money laundering Il Sole 24 Ore
Greek government tells central banker to keep out of country's politics Reuters

Banca Carige
Carige, approved the liability action against the former manager Il Sole 24 Ore
Carige Members against the former leaders MF
Carige: capital increase to manage sofferenze, not to cover hole MF

Banca Popolare di Vicenza
UPDATE 1-Bailout candidate Pop Vicenza posts big loss, bleeds deposits Reuters

Bank of Cyprus
John Hourican opts to stay at Bank of Cyprus until 2019 The Irish Times
Profit 64 million. EUR 2016 for Bank of Cyprus Kerdos

NORDIC COUNTRIES

Sweden Warned Not to Return to High-Tax 70s as Incomes Squeezed Bloomberg News
Attention to banks in Iceland, warns IMF Le Figaro
Nordea forecast: Interest rate raise delayed to 2018 SvD Näringsliv
Danish fund wraps up £1bn stake in bandage business The Times
Loan Refusal by Danske and Nordea reduces the temperature of Norwegian housing market FinansWatch
Nationalbank: The value of Danish shares have doubled in five years FinansWatch
Norway's Liberals Want to Base Wealth Fund Spending on Returns Bloomberg News
Tougher requirements on Finnish banks SvD Näringsliv

Nordea Bank
Nordea IR Manager: Copenhagen and Helsinki are most obvious alternatives FinansWatch
Industry Minister lures Nordea to Denmark with tax guarantee Berlingske Business
Moving Nordea headquarters will halve the state deficit Berlingske Business
Ingves on Nordea: Large Bank regardless of domicile SvD Näringsliv

EASTERN EUROPE

Donald Trump's son-in check on communication with Russian bankers Kommersant
UPDATE 1-Russia's central bank urges banks to use profits to support capital Reuters
Russia c.bank says making special efforts to step up cyber security Reuters
Russia Central Bank chief says there are grounds to increase lending Reuters
The head of the DIA urged banks to stop cheating Banki.ru
Siluanov: the state lost 100 billion rubles in failed banks Vedomosti
The Ministry of Finance estimated the annual loss of the state in banks 100 billion rubles Banki.ru
UPDATE 2-Hungary central bank dovish despite higher inflation, caps deposits Reuters
Hungary central bank lowers 3-month depo cap by HUF 250 bn Portfolio.hu
Armenia central bank keeps key refinancing rate at 6 pct Reuters

PZU
Update: PZU insurance affirmed at 'A-' with negative outlook, but mgmt and governance assessment downgraded - S&P PAP

Sberbank of Russia
The Kiev branch of Sberbank unblocked Vedomosti

Türkiye Halk Bankasi
UPDATE 4-U.S. charges Turkish banker in Iran sanctions probe Reuters
Top Turkish Banker Arrested in U.S. in Iran Sanctions Probe Bloomberg News
US accuses Turkish banker over Iran sanctions-busting Financial Times

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.