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Commerzbank AG

Commerzbank sees opportunity to expand wealth management business following Credit Suisse's German bank exit

Commerzbank is anticipating opportunities to expand its wealth management business after Swiss Credit Suisse Group sold its private bank in Germany to Bethmann Bank last month.

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JPMorgan Chase & Co.

America's top five banks control a total of $6.46T in assets -report

Financial information provider SNL Financial in a report said that the five largest lenders in US control 44.2% of the industry's assets. JPMorgan Chase & Co, Bank of America,Citigroup,Wells Fargo & Co, and US Bancorp have a total of $6.46 trillion in assets.

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Deutsche Bank

RJ Lane sues Deutsche Bank, BDO Seidman for fraudulent tax shelter

RJ Lane filed a case against Deutsche Bank, BDO Seidman and a former partner of BDO Seidman over claims that they formed a fraudulent tax shelter that caused him losses, Bloomberg reported.

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New York Federal Reserve

NY Federal Reserve Bank seeks to dismiss lawsuit by former employee

The New York Federal Reserve Bank filed a motion in a federal court in the Southern District of New York seeking a dismissal of the lawsuit filed by former employee Carmen Segarra.

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Philip Falcone

Philip Falcone's Harbinger asks bankruptcy court to reject Dish's bid for LightSquared

Harbinger Capital Partners, controlled by American investor Philip Falcone, has asked the US Bankruptcy Court in Manhattan to reject Dish Network Corp.'s $2.2 billion takeover bid for bankrupt satellite firm LightSquared Inc.

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JPMorgan

JPMorgan Chase & Co agrees on settlement to Pittsburgh bank lawsuit

JPMorgan Chase & Co settled a lawsuit brought against it by the Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh involving the losses it sustained from mortgage securities it bought from the bank, Bloomberg reported.

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Brampton Brick Ltd

Canadian manufacturer Brampton Brick completes $40M financing

Ontario, Canada-based clay brick manufacturer Brampton Brick Ltd said it has closed the previously announced $40 million long-term loan for asset purchases and other general corporate purposes.

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European Central Bank

Private lending in the Euro Zone drops to 20-year low

The data released in a report by the European Central Bank on Friday saw the hesitation of financial institutions in extending credit to households and businesses despite the economic recovery of the Euro Zone.

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Silicon Valley Bank

Silicon Valley Bank sets eyes on China funds

Through a joint venture formed with Shanghai Pudong Development Bank Co formed in 2012, US-based Silicon Valley Bank looks to meet the demand of investors for China funds.

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Square 1 Bank

Square 1 Bank acquires Sand Hill Finance for undisclosed amount

Square 1 Bank completed the acquisition of Silicon Valley-based Sand Hill Finance, a financing solutions provider for emerging growth firms. Financial terms about the transaction were not disclosed.

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Help-to-Buy program

Mortgage bids close to £1 Billion in Help-To-Buy program - UK PM Cameron

A statement from the office of the British Prime Minister David Cameron revealed that 6,000 mortgage applications, with over 80% of them as first-time buyers, applied for home loans under the government's Help-to-Buy program.

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Royal Bank of Canada

Royal Bank of Canada is top dealmaker on Canadian retail M&A- report

The top dealmaker for Canadian retail mergers and acquisitions for 2013 is the Royal Bank of Canada, data from Bloomberg revealed. RBC has held the top spot for the third straight year.

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China

Chinese banks seen rising in financial markets - report

The DealBook said in its report that banks in China are steadily making strategic acquisitions offshore and opening its businesses outside of the mainland, thanks to recent economic reforms.

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Paul Volcker

US bank group challenges Volcker rule in court

The American Bankers Association, a representative of majority of the community banks in the US, said the provision on banning investments in collateralized debt obligations will result to the lenders losing $600 million in the process.

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Banca Popolare di Vicenza

Italy's Banca Popolare di Vicenza to grow through acquisitions- paper

Popolare Vicenza Chairman Gianni Zonin told an Italian daily that Banca Popolare di Vicenza intends to grow its branches to a thousand from its current 690 through acquisitions.

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