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AFME Applauds European Council’s Push for New Competitiveness Deal

(IN BRIEF) The Association for Financial Markets in Europe (AFME) lauds the European Council’s recent conclusions advocating for a “new European competitiveness deal,” which underscores the importance of deepening the Single Market and advancing the Capital Markets Union (CMU). AFME … Read the full press release

Sweco AGM 2024: Resolutions Passed, Dividend Announced, and Treasury Share Plans Set

(IN BRIEF) Sweco AB (publ) concluded its Annual General Meeting, ratifying proposals from the Board of Directors and the Nomination Committee. The meeting re-elected seven Directors and granted discharge of liability for the financial year 2023. Ernst & Young AB … Read the full press release

Intesa Sanpaolo Partners with Quid Informatica to Launch Innovative Financing Products through isybank

(IN BRIEF) Intesa Sanpaolo and Quid Informatica have inked a framework agreement facilitating the introduction of financing products by isybank, Intesa Sanpaolo’s digital bank, in the upcoming months. Qinetic, Quid’s credit process management platform, will serve as the foundation for … Read the full press release

NatWest SME PMI® Tracker Shows UK SMEs Optimistic Amidst Recovery and Sustainable Investment Plans

(IN BRIEF) The latest NatWest SME PMI® Tracker reveals a robust expansion in business activity among UK SMEs during the first quarter of the year, with a Business Activity Index of 52.6 in March, indicating growth. This growth is largely … Read the full press release

European Investment Bank Signs €215 Million Loan Agreement with Andalusia for Regional Development Projects

(IN BRIEF) The European Investment Bank (EIB) has finalized a €215 million loan agreement with the regional government of Andalusia to co-finance social, green, and digital investment initiatives in the Spanish region. This funding, part of the EU operational programme … Read the full press release

Bosch Maintains Growth Trajectory Amidst Challenging Economic Landscape

(IN BRIEF) Despite facing a challenging economic climate, the Bosch Group showcased growth and profitability in the 2023 business year. With sales reaching 91.6 billion euros and an EBIT margin from operations up by 5.3 percent year-on-year, the company is … Read the full press release

Munich Re Revamps Leadership Structure to Strengthen Regional Underwriting in Asia Pacific & Africa

(IN BRIEF) Munich Re announces strategic changes to its leadership structure in Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa (APAC MEA), aimed at bolstering its in-market Underwriting capabilities and refining its regional divisions. The revised setup will prioritize stronger local Underwriting … Read the full press release

Allianz Group Completes Stake Disposal in Allianz Saudi Fransi to ADNIC, Streamlining Middle-East Operations

(IN BRIEF) Allianz Group has finalized the sale of its 51% stake in Allianz Saudi Fransi to Abu Dhabi National Insurance Company (ADNIC), marking a strategic move in its business operations in the Middle East. The transaction, which received regulatory … Read the full press release

European Promotional Banks Surpass Circular Economy Financing Target, Aim for Ambitious Expansion

(IN BRIEF) The Joint Initiative on Circular Economy (JICE), spearheaded by prominent European Union public promotional banks and institutions, has exceeded its initial €10 billion financing goal for circular economy projects, reaching €11.57 billion by the close of 2023. At … Read the full press release

EIB Invests €150 Million in Bhutan’s Renewable Energy Drive: A Step towards Carbon Neutrality

(IN BRIEF) In a landmark move, the European Investment Bank (EIB) has granted a €150 million loan to Bhutan, marking its first-ever investment in the country. This funding aims to bolster Bhutan’s renewable energy sector, particularly through the development of … Read the full press release

EIB Grants €400 Million Loan for Green Energy Grid Expansion in Thuringia

(IN BRIEF) The European Investment Bank (EIB) is providing a €400 million loan to Thüringer Energie AG (TEAG), a municipal energy supplier in Thuringia, Germany, to upgrade and digitize the electricity grid. This investment, totaling around €600 million, aims to … Read the full press release

Nagarro Reports 6.5% Revenue Growth in 2023: Annual Financial Results Unveiled

(IN BRIEF) Nagarro, a global digital engineering leader, disclosed its audited financial figures for 2023, showcasing consistent performance with a 6.5% revenue increase year-over-year (YoY). Despite facing excess capacity due to growth moderation, the company saw revenue climb to €912.1 … Read the full press release

Ahold Delhaize Repurchased 900,000 Shares as Part of €1 Billion Buyback Program

(IN BRIEF) Ahold Delhaize announces the repurchase of 900,000 common shares between April 8 and April 12, 2024, as part of its €1 billion share buyback program initiated in November 2023. With shares bought at an average price of €26.94 … Read the full press release

Multilateral Development Banks Unveil Global Vision for Circular Finance at WCEF 2024

(IN BRIEF) During the World Circular Economy Forum (WCEF) 2024 in Brussels, leading multilateral development banks (MDBs) presented their Circular Economy Working Group’s shared vision on the role of MDBs in supporting the circular economy. The session, titled “Shaping a … Read the full press release

EIB Board Greenlights €4.3 Billion Investment Across Europe for Sustainable Development

(IN BRIEF) The European Investment Bank (EIB) Board of Directors approved €4.3 billion in financing for projects spanning Austria, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, and Slovakia. The funding will support sustainable transport, renewable energy, water and waste treatment, … Read the full press release

Multilateral Development Banks Unveil Shared Vision for Circular Economy at WCEF 2024

(IN BRIEF) During the World Circular Economy Forum (WCEF) 2024, Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs) revealed their collaborative vision on the role of MDBs in advancing the circular economy. Emphasizing the significance of circularity in achieving sustainable and equitable development, MDB … Read the full press release

EIB President Leads Delegation to Washington DC for Multilateral Development Meetings

(IN BRIEF) The European Investment Bank (EIB) Group, led by President Nadia Calviño, is set to participate in the 2024 Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank Group in Washington DC. The delegation, including Vice-Presidents Ambroise … Read the full press release

BII and FMO Join Forces to Propel BECIS’ Clean Energy Expansion in South and South-East Asia

(IN BRIEF) British International Investment (BII) and FMO have collaborated to provide a joint loan commitment of US$50 million to BECIS, a leading Energy as a Service (EaaS) provider in South-East Asia. This financing will support BECIS’ ambitious plans to … Read the full press release

Schroders Capital Expands PDCA Business with Key Senior Appointments

(IN BRIEF) Schroders Capital’s Private Debt and Credit Alternatives (PDCA) division has announced the addition of two senior professionals to its team, signaling the firm’s commitment to meeting the growing client demand for income and income alternatives. Jason Kezelman joins … Read the full press release

BBVA Launches Miami Office for Latin American Wealth Management

(IN BRIEF) BBVA Global Wealth Advisors (GWA) recently inaugurated its Miami office, marking a strategic move to cater to high-net-worth Latin American clients seeking investment advisory services. With over 30 professionals, the Miami-based unit aims to provide tailored solutions to … Read the full press release

Lloyds Bank Completes Groundbreaking Paperless Trade Deal Using eBL and dPN

(IN BRIEF) In a significant milestone for digital trade, Lloyds Bank has executed its first transaction employing an electronic Bill of Lading (eBL) on the WaveBL platform, marking a move towards entirely paperless exchanges in international trade. Partnering with Somerset-based … Read the full press release

EU Initiative Boosts Resilience for Western Balkans SMEs

(IN BRIEF) The European Union’s Western Balkans Enterprise Development and Innovation Facility (WB EDIF) launches the Guarantee for SME Resilience Initiative, injecting €60 million to enhance access to finance for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the region. Through partnerships … Read the full press release

Holcim Prepares for 2024 AGM: Dividend Increase and Board Nominations

(IN BRIEF) Holcim has announced the agenda for its 2024 Annual General Meeting (AGM), scheduled for May 8th at Bossard Arena in Zug, Switzerland. The Board of Directors proposes a dividend increase of 12% to CHF 2.80 per registered share … Read the full press release

Norsk Hydro ASA Announces Hybrid Annual General Meeting for May 7, 2024

(IN BRIEF) Norsk Hydro ASA has scheduled its Annual General Meeting for May 7, 2024, at 10:00 CEST, offering a hybrid format allowing shareholders to attend either in person or digitally, with options for advance voting or proxy participation. While … Read the full press release

Saab’s CEO and CFO to Present Q1 2024 Interim Report

(IN BRIEF) Saab’s CEO Micael Johansson and CFO Christian Luiga are set to present the company’s interim report for January-March 2024 on April 26th at 10:00 a.m. CET. The report will be published at 07:30 a.m. CET on the same … Read the full press release

Societe Generale Group Signs Divestment Deal with Saham Group, Eyes Strategic Partnership

(IN BRIEF) Societe Generale Group has finalized agreements with Saham Group to sell its shares in Société Générale Marocaine de Banques and La Marocaine Vie, pending regulatory approval. This divestment, aligned with Societe Generale’s strategic roadmap, aims to streamline operations … Read the full press release

VARTA AG Evaluates Restructuring Amid Economic Challenges and Cyberattack Fallout

(IN BRIEF) VARTA AG, amidst economic challenges exacerbated by a cyberattack on its IT systems, is reassessing its restructuring program agreed upon in July 2023. The current economic situation, marked by volatile customer purchase volumes, decreased demand for energy storage … Read the full press release

Estonia Accelerates Green and Digital Initiatives with €400 Million EIB Financing

(IN BRIEF) The European Investment Bank (EIB) has approved a €400 million loan tranche to Estonia, marking the second installment of a larger €700 million loan aimed at bolstering the Estonian economy. This financing, focused on green and digital investments, … Read the full press release

Barclays Strengthens Energy Transition Focus with New Co-Heads Appointment

(IN BRIEF) Barclays reinforces its commitment to supporting clients in transitioning to a low-carbon economy by appointing Rafael Abati as Co-Head of the Energy Transition Group (ETG) in EMEA, alongside Marie Freier. With almost two decades of experience from UBS … Read the full press release

Matteo Patrone Appointed Vice President, Banking at EBRD

(IN BRIEF) Matteo Patrone has been appointed as Vice President, Banking at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), effective May 1st, 2024. In his new role, Patrone will oversee the effective delivery of the bank’s investment and advisory … Read the full press release

EBRD Supports Avis Greece’s Green Fleet Transition with €108.3 Million Loan

(IN BRIEF) The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has granted a €108.3 million loan to Avis Greece to aid in the electrification of its car fleet. This investment is part of Avis Greece’s initiative to replace internal-combustion-engine vehicles … Read the full press release

EIF Commits €40 Million to Boost Sustainable Agriculture in Europe

(IN BRIEF) The European Investment Fund (EIF) is allocating €40 million to support the European Agri Transition Fund, aimed at fostering a fairer, healthier, and more sustainable food system in Europe. Managed by INOKS Capital, the fund targets SMEs and … Read the full press release

KUKA Reports Record Sales in 2023, Foresees Challenges Amidst Economic Downturn

(IN BRIEF) KUKA, a leader in automation and robotics, achieved record-breaking sales revenues exceeding €4 billion in 2023, alongside a substantial increase in EBIT. CEO Peter Mohnen highlighted the company’s resilience and growth amidst fierce market competition and expanding international … Read the full press release

Nokia Announces Release Date for First-Quarter Interim Report and Analyst Webcast

(IN BRIEF) Nokia has disclosed that it will unveil its first-quarter interim report on April 18, 2024, at 8 a.m. Finnish time, with the report promptly available on the company’s website. The summary will emphasize Nokia Group’s financial performance and … Read the full press release

Aviva Launches Aviva Clarity to Support Small Scheme De-Risking

(IN BRIEF) Aviva has introduced Aviva Clarity, a streamlined Bulk Purchase Annuity (BPA) service aimed at facilitating market access for smaller pension schemes with assets typically under £100 million. This service underscores Aviva’s commitment to aiding schemes in their de-risking … Read the full press release

EIB and EIF Partner with Erste Bank to Propel SME Lending in Austria through Synthetic Securitisation

(IN BRIEF) The European Investment Bank (EIB) and the European Investment Fund (EIF) have collaborated with Erste Bank der oesterreichischen Sparkassen AG (Erste Bank) to facilitate SME lending in Austria through a pioneering synthetic securitisation transaction. This landmark transaction, the … Read the full press release

EBRD Posts €2.1 Billion Profit in 2023 Following Record Investments

(IN BRIEF) The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has reported a profit of €2.1 billion for 2023, marking a significant turnaround from the €1.1 billion losses incurred in 2022 due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The bank’s … Read the full press release

EBRD Invests €22 Million to Propel Farmak’s Expansion into Polish Market

(IN BRIEF) The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has provided a €22 million loan to Ukrainian pharmaceutical giant Farmak Group to facilitate its strategic acquisition of a Polish pharmaceutical company and to upgrade its IT systems. Farmak, a … Read the full press release

EIB Group’s €49 Million Guarantee Empowers Erste Bank to Boost SME Lending in Austria

(IN BRIEF) The European Investment Bank (EIB) and the European Investment Fund (EIF) have joined forces to provide Erste Bank der oesterreichischen Sparkassen AG (Erste Bank) with a €49 million guarantee for a synthetic securitisation transaction, marking Austria’s first such … Read the full press release

EIB and Maib Forge €94 Million Deal to Boost Green Investments and MSMEs in Moldova

(IN BRIEF) At the EU-Moldova Private Sector Investment Conference in Chișinău, the European Investment Bank (EIB Global) sealed two agreements with Moldova’s leading bank, maib. The first involves a €50 million loan aimed at enhancing access to finance and promoting … Read the full press release