Barclays: Move along, (almost) nothing to see here

Jes Staley gets to stay in his job, but his difficulties don’t end with one investigation

Estonian lender targets London’s fintechs

LHV looks to expand cryptocurrency customer base. UK head sees opportunities for EU banks in Brexit

Payments companies look into China with caution

China appears to be opening up to the idea of a wider range of payments options. Before overseas companies look to dive in, they need to make sure they are keeping on the right side of the regulator.

UOB joins forces with Chinese fintech

Singapore bank links with Chinese big data specialist; More digital innovation to follow in Asia.

FX: Big corporates ramp up algo usage

The most active corporate FX traders have once again ramped up their use of algos, recognizing the potential for cost savings and risk management.

Aggrieved Banco Popular bondholders train their sights on Banco Santander

Pimco and Anchorage subpoena the Spanish bank for information to support their case in the EU General Court and criminal proceedings in Madrid

Belt and Road: The debt threat

Countries are queueing to accept Chinese lending for Belt and Road infrastructure projects. But could that borrowing come back to bite them – and China?

FX: BNY Mellon diving into prime brokerage as other banks retreat

The prime brokerage market will be hoping for a boost from the imminent launch of BNY Mellon’s new service, which will represent a reversal of the trend for larger banks to leave the space.

Obituary: Russell Julius, 1960-2018

A gentleman banker and ECM veteran who embodied an earlier age while embracing the evolution of investment banking

Customer expectations drive back-office change

Banking technology and regulation are moving to create a real-time, cross-border environment. While this is possible in theory, dated and cumbersome back-office systems risk slowing the digital revolution, and leaving some institutions behind.

The curious case of Woori Bank, an €8 billion lawsuit and an alleged letter from Deutsche Bank

A little-known plaintiff is alleging a truly enormous theft by Woori Bank. Everything about the allegations sets off alarms, and the testimony of Deutsche Bank will be crucial

The chief risk officer: it’s not just about managing risk costs anymore

As many banks CEOs, especially in Europe, are still struggling to make their institutions profitable, could it be that turning to the chief risk officer can be part of the solution?

Banking: No trust in Malta

NPL sales lose momentum in CEE as focus turns south

Investors keep powder dry for Greece and Cyprus; EBRD tempts global investors with co-investment.

The growth of green credit

Danone’s inks €2 billion ESG-tied credit facility; European firms dominate sustainable borrowing.

Give the Reserve Bank the keys after PNB fraud

Reserve Bank of India (RBI) governor Urjit Patel took to the stage at Gujarat National Law University on March 14 to make a simple request…

Siemens’ Kaeser on infrastructure: A man in want of a plan in Brazil

Brazil: Financiers trade different experiences of the same country

Recent conversations with bankers and economists in Brazil have been confusing – sometimes it is hard to believe that both groups are talking about the same country.

Gap is closing but Argentina remains riskier bet than Brazil

Although the borrower is evidently making progress, investors must be prepared for setbacks given the enormous economic and political challenges still to overcome.

All change in Europe’s mid-market

As direct lending funds continue their advance, certain banks are also making waves in mid-market lending.

Royal Commission will shred reputations but not profits

The likely recommendations from Australia’s investigations are changes that should have been made years ago.

Lofty green bond goals need to be global

The known unknowns about Crédit Agricole

Emerging Europe finds a price in China’s cash

The disappearance of the chair of CEFC China Energy throws doubts on its European acquisition spree.

Capital markets: The human factor

ECM bankers look safer from automation than their DCM colleagues, whatever Spotify might be up to.

Brazil pensions: Lack-of-business, as usual

Devil in the detail in Singapore-Malaysia link