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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The Mortgage Introducer Awards celebrates the industry’s best | Mortgage Introducer

The Mortgage Introducer Awards took place at the Tower of London last night, where 26 awards were handed out to the industry’s finest. Mortgage Advice Bureau was a big winner, taking home three prizes including Mortgage Introducer of The Year, while Richard Adams from Stonebridge Group won The Lifetime Achievement Award. Source: The Mortgage Introducer Awards celebrates the industry’s best | Mortgage Introducer

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CitiBank granted licence to open Abu Dhabi branch – ArabianBusiness.com

The Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) has granted Citi a licence to set up a branch of Citibank NA at ADGM, it was announced on Tuesday. The visit was announced during a visit by Citigroup CEO Mike Corbat to Abu Dhabi. The branch is pending final approval from ADGM’s Financial Services Regulatory Authority (FSRA). Source: CitiBank granted licence to open Abu Dhabi branch – ArabianBusiness.com

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Jayne-Anne Gadhia to leave Virgin Money | Mortgage Introducer

Jayne-Anne Gadhia (pictured) is leaving Virgin Money, where she was chief executive. In June The Clydesdale and Yorkshire bank brands agreed a £1.7bn takeover of Virgin Money. While she is no longer CEO she has agreed in principle to support the group as senior adviser to David Duffy, chief executive of Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banking Group, for 18 months. Source: Jayne-Anne Gadhia to leave Virgin Money | Mortgage Introducer

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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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