Over half (55%) of corporate business teams have increased the size of their compliance teams in response to the mounting regulatory pressures that have emerged over the last five years, according to a new study commissioned by Intertrust, a global service providing expert administrative services to clients operating and investing in the international business environment.…

The European non-performing loan (NPL) market reached a new peak in 2018 with disposals totalling EUR 205.2bn in gross book value (GBV), according to the new European NPL FY 2018 report, published by Debtwire ABS. Debtwire NPL Database tracked 142 transactions. The last quarter saw a particularly intense pace of activity, given that at the…

Intrum has agreed a deal with Spanish bank Ibercaja Banco S.A. to purchase a portfolio of 6,400 real estate assets (REOs). The portfolio will be transferred to a new company (NewCo), initially majority owned by Intrum, with Residencial Murillo maintaining a minority equity stake. Intrum’s final investment will be approximately €30-40m once financing and co-investor are…

Intrum has announced it has reached an agreement with Spanish bank Banco Sabadell to acquire their wholly owned subsidiary Solvia Servicios Inmobiliaros (Solvia) for an enterprise value of approximately €300 million.  The agreement reinforces Intrum’s position in the Spanish real estate market and strengthens the collaboration with Banco Sabadell, one of the largest banks in Spain.…

1Experian has announced that it has agreed to acquire Compuscan (CSH Group Pty), one of the leading credit bureau and information services businesses in Africa. Established in South Africa in 1994, Compuscan started as a credit bureau, focused on the micro-lending industry. It enabled micro lenders to avoid financial loss by identifying clients’ repayment probability…

KBC Bank of Ireland has completed the sale of €1.9 billion worth of mostly non-performing buy-to-let and corporate loans that were held by its Irish unit, to Goldman Sachs. The sale, first announced in August, will have a positive impact on KBC’s profit and loss account. It will reduce KBC’s non-performing loan ratio, according to…

European credit management specialist Intrum and Italian bank Intesa Sanpaolo have finalised a strategic agreement to create market-leading servicer of non-performing loans (NPL) in Italy. The agreement creates an establishment of a market leading servicer of non-performing loans (NPLs) in Italy. The servicing platform, Intrum Italy, is majority owned by Intrum with Intesa Sanpaolo retaining…

Record levels of employment, Brexit and the ongoing skills shortage have resulted in increased business for recruiters in the last year, according to new research from independent financial services provider, Bibby Financial Services (BFS). Nearly three-fifths (59%) of companies in the sector experienced improved business performance over the past 12 months, with nearly two thirds…

European credit management firm Intrum, has published a new European Consumer Payment report based on a survey with responses from 24 398. European consumers. Intrum, who are in contact with 250 000 indebted consumers around Europe every day, sees a widening gap in the wake of a rising economy. While more and more people are able…

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has published a further consultation on its approach to the UK’s exit from the EU.  The paper sets out additional proposals to prepare for the possibility the UK leaves the European Union on 29 March 2019 without an implementation period. The FCA is working to ensure as smooth a transition…

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