UniCredit SpA, Italy’s biggest bank, posted a record 15 billion-euro ($20.8 billion) fourth- quarter loss as it set aside money for bad loans and wrote down goodwill from acquisitions. It plans to cut 8,500 jobs.
Deutsche Bank AG will pay about 925 million euros ($1.27 billion) to settle a 12-year-old dispute with the heirs of Leo Kirch over the collapse of his media group, according to two people familiar with the matter.
Deutsche Bank AG, Germany’s biggest bank, is close to settling litigation over the collapse of Leo Kirch’s media group for more than 900 million euros ($1.2 billion), according to a person with knowledge of the talks.
Europe’s biggest banks, led by Lloyds Banking Group Plc and Deutsche Bank AG, have racked up more than $77 billion in legal costs since the financial crisis, five times their combined profit last year.
Rabobank Groep, the co-operative formed in 1898 to lend to Dutch farmers, was fined 774 million euros ($1.1 billion) and the chairman resigned as the scandal over the rigging of benchmark interest rates ensnared a fifth firm.
Hugo Boss AG fell to a 2 1/2-week low in Frankfurt trading after Hamburger Sparkasse cut its recommendation on Germany’s biggest luxury clothier to “ hold ” from “buy,” citing the cost of the retail chain’s expansion.
Stefan Krause , who left the auto industry after a 20-year career to join Deutsche Bank AG as chief financial officer, had a memorable introduction to the banking world in April 2008. On his first day, Germany’s biggest lender announced a record loss on loans and asset-backed securities.
Oswald Gruebel, chief executive officer of UBS AG, may face pressure to cut risk and shrink the investment bank as the board meets in Singapore, less than a week after a $2.3 billion loss from unauthorized trading.
Commerzbank AG, Germany’s second- biggest bank, is seeking 2.5 billion euros ($3.25 billion) in the fifth capital increase in four years to repay debt from a government rescue. The shares fell to a record low.