The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has published its approach to implementing the revised Payment Services Directive (PSD2). PSD2 is an EU Directive which sets requirements for firms that provide payment services, and will affect banks and building societies, payment institutions, e-money institutions and their customers. As well as promoting innovation, PSD2 aims to improve consumer…

Swedish debt purchaser, DDM Debt AB has announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire a portfolio of distressed assets from a leading bank in the Czech Republic. The total investment amounts to approximately €12 million. Andreas Tuczka, CEO of DDM, said “This investment is in line with our strategy to continue to…

Lindorff/Intrum Justitia would be interested in buying an Italian bank’s debt collection business to expand in the country, the head of the Scandinavian group’s Italian unit said. Antonella Pagano Lindorff/Intrum Justitia’s Managing Director for Italy, said “We would like to be among the top three players in the Italian market in three-to-five years’ time. Buying…

Challenger Bank, Instabank has announced a partnership with Provenir.  Instabank is using Provenir’s technology to aggregate credit applicant data from structured and unstructured data sources, including credit bureaux and its core banking system, to provide customers with an instantaneous credit decision. Robert Berg, CEO, Instabank said “Our entire approach is built on simplifying banking, making…

Hoist Finance has announced that Najib Nathoo, Regional Director West Europe, will leave. Nathoo has worked with the company since 2012 and been a member of Hoist Finance Executive Management Team since 2015. Jörgen Olsson, CEO Hoist Finance said “Najib has played an important role in the evolution of Hoist Finance over the years, from…

Euler Hermes, the world’s leading trade credit insurer, has issued an assessment of the progress the world has made a decade on from the onset of the Global Financial Crisis. Ludovic Subran, chief economist at Euler Hermes said “After one of the most tumultuous decades in both living memory and by any historical measure, we…

Consumers will have greater control over their bank data and financial decisions thanks to new laws coming into force in January. The government is bringing in a new regulatory regime for innovative FinTech firms which will transform the way people engage with their finances and make it possible to manage all of their finances at the…

Italian banks could take 10 years to reduce their level of non-performing loans (NPLs) to the European average according to Morgan Stanley, adding that setting up a “bad bank” could help. A recession that ended in 2014 saddled Italian banks with 349 billion euros (305.94 billion pounds) in impaired debts, one-third of Europe’s total, while…

European Union (EU) finance ministers on Tuesday called for speedier unloading of bad debt by EU banks and recommended more money be put aside by the banks to protect them from trouble. The decade-long financial crisis left European banks holding nearly 1 trillion euros of non-performing loans (NPLs), reducing their ability to lend and slowing…

The merger of Intrum Justitia and Lindorff has been closed. All subsidiaries of Lock TopCo AS (parent company of the Lindorff Group) are fully owned by Intrum Justita AB . CEO & President of the new business will be Mikael Ericson. The combination of Intrum Justitia and Lindorff creates a leading provider of credit management…

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