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Lloyds Banking Group has appointed UBS to advise on the potential sales of its stakes in a slew of household name companies, including David Lloyd Leisure and House of Fraser. Lloyds inherited the stakes from the Integrated Finance unit of HBOS, which was headed up by Peter Cummings (above). but their value has since plummeted.
Barclays Capital will recruit up to another 65 bankers to its European mergers and acquisitions team before its hiring spree ends. Global head of M&A Paul Parker said the investment banking unit of Barclays was looking to add another 30 or 40 bankers in mainland Europe and up to 25 in the UK. Mark Warham, [...]
BNDES, the Brazilian Development Bank, plans to open a London operation, making it the first foreign bank to do so since the beginning of the credit crunch. BNDES will use its London base to launch its European expansion plans and is expected to sign a lease for premises in the City of London or Mayfair [...]
Danone said yesterday that it plans to raise about €3bn (£2.6bn) by selling shares to existing shareholders to reduce net debt and strengthen its capital structure. The French food group expects to launch the rights issue in the coming days, subject to internal and regulatory approvals. The company also reiterated its forecast for underlying earnings [...]
MARKS & SPENCER’S executive chairman Sir Stuart Rose has said publicly for the first time he hopes to stand down before July 2011, his previously announced departure date. Rose, who has faced months of speculation about his future, said: “It’s quite clear. I said I would extend my tenure at the least until 2011. What [...]
THE CHIEF executive of German regional bank NordLB has warned that banks are yet to see their most challenging period of the credit cycle. Despite NordLB making a €151m (£133m) profit last year, Gunther Dunkel, chief executive of the Hanover-based lender, predicted that the next two years would be “very interesting”, particularly with regard to [...]
ABN AMRO, the Dutch lender now controlled by the state, sank to a first-quarter net loss of €886m (£780m), largely on the back of losses at units now owned by Royal Bank of Scotland, it revealed yesterday. The Dutch bank is in the process of breaking itself up after it was bought last year in [...]
HALF a million shoppers were drawn to London’s West End this bank holiday by a day of free parking and in-store entertainment. The event, which saw shoppers spend around £50m on Saturday alone, took the New West End Company six months to organise with co-operation from West End retailers, Westminster City Council and Transport for [...]
THE EUROPEAN Central Bank (ECB), responsible for monetary policy in the 16 Eurozone states, faces strike action from staff over planned changes to its pension scheme. Staff have called a 90-minute warning strike to take place on 3 June, as the ECB’s governing council meets in Frankfurt, Germany for its monthly rate-setting meeting. ECB president [...]
THE price of crude oil dropped back to around $61 (£38) a barrel yesterday, ahead of an OPEC meeting this week. Oil has rallied over investor sentiment that the worst of the downturn is over. But fears that OPEC members won’t cut their oil output at their meeting on Thursday meant prices dropped. Brent prices [...]
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