Swedish debt purchaser DDM Debt AB has announced that it has finalised the previously announced acquisition of a distressed asset portfolio containing secured corporate receivables in Croatia from a leading international bank. DDM has received the approval from the Croatian National Bank and has now finalised the acquisition. The investment amounts to approximately€21 million. The…

Intrum has entered into an agreement to acquire a non-performing loan portfolio from Eurobank, one of the four Greek banks considered as critical for the stability of the Greek economy, for a total investment of approximately SEK 0.4 bn. The portfolio consists of well diversified unsecured consumer loans. Servicing of the portfolio will be outsourced…

The European Central Bank (ECB) plans to ask euro area banks to set aside more cash to cover bad loans, making it prohibitively expensive for lenders to keep sitting on them, a draft proposal seen by Reuters showed on Tuesday. Soured loans are clogging up bank balance sheets and holding back lending – a headache…

The merger of Intrum Justitia and Lindorff was completed in June and following from the announcement the company has consolidated the two companies by introducing a new corporate identity and brand name: Intrum. Mikael Ericson CEO and President of Intrum said ”Intrum is the undisputed market leader. This presents new opportunities for growth through joined…

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…

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