Abu Dhabi banks ADCB, UNB and Al Hilal to merge creating UAE’s third largest lender – Gulf Business

UAE lenders Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank (ADCB) and Union National Bank (UNB) have confirmed plans to merge and together acquire Al Hilal Bank to create the country’s third largest lender. The new banking group will carry the ADCB identity and will continue to have institutional backing from its biggest stakeholder – the Abu Dhabi government, a statement said. Source: Abu Dhabi banks ADCB, UNB and Al Hilal to merge creating UAE’s third largest lender – Gulf Business

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Santander appoints new chief executive – BBC News

One of Europe’s biggest banks, Banco Santander, has poached the head of investment banking at UBS to be its next chief executive.Andrea Orcell will replace José Antonio Alvarez, who has been at the helm since January 2015. He has been a long-standing adviser to the Botin family that controls Santander. Source: Santander appoints new chief executive – BBC News

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Revealed: Top 10 banks in the UAE – Gulf Business

Things have been on the up for the GCC’s banks, which collectively recorded a better year in 2017 despite slowing economic growth in the region as a whole.Banking activity was supported by a higher oil price and continued infrastructure investment as Gulf states diversify their economies in various ways. Commercial activity in the region expanded in 2017 and consumer confidence grew, albeit slightly. As a result, our list of the region’s 50 leading banks – ranking institutions in Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia and the UAE – recorded higher net profit in 2017. Source: Revealed: Top 10 banks in the

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Emirates NBD expands operations in Saudi Arabia – Banking & Finance,Saudi Arabia – ArabianBusiness.com

Emirates NBD expands operations in Saudi Arabia Emirates NBD is the first non-Saudi bank to have a significant branch network in the country Emirates NBD has expanded operations in Saudi Arabia with the inauguration of its first branch in Jeddah and plans for two further branches in Khobar and Riyadh, the company announced on Monday. Source: Emirates NBD expands operations in Saudi Arabia – Banking & Finance,Saudi Arabia – ArabianBusiness.com

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