Barclays Bank has about $300 million of the riskiest assets within two troubled hedge funds at Bear Stearns that have other banks either freezing assets in the funds or unwinding their positions in order to cut potential losses, CNBC's Charlie Gasparino reported.
Dutch banking and insurance company ING Group is buying Turkey's Oyak Bank for $2.67 billion, joining a rush of overseas financial groups buying into the fast-growing Turkish market.
Barclays Bank and Housing Development Finance Corporation said Monday they agreed to sell their stakes in Intelenet Global Services of India in a management buyout.
Bank of America has shelved plans to take ABN Amro to court, preferring to wait until the Dutch Supreme Court rules on the Dutch bank's sale of its U.S. unit, a Bank of America spokesman said on Friday.
Three months of takeover turmoil surrounding ABN Amro are taking a toll on the Dutch bank as employees become increasingly frustrated and rivals try to lure away talent.
Barclays has not ruled out adding cash to the terms its ABN Amro offer should it need to boost its bid to fight off a rival offer from a consortium of banks led by Royal Bank of Scotland, a source familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.
The Bush administration rejected a Securities and Exchange Commission recommendation in a key Supreme Court case and did not support shareholders suing Wall Street banks for damages over Enron's collapse.
Fortis Chief Executive Jean-Paul Votron said the company would not get into a bid war for Dutch bank ABN Amro, which it wants to buy in a consortium led by Royal Bank of Scotland.
U.S. hedge fund Atticus Capital is urging Barclays to drop its 65 billion-euro ($87 billion) bid for Dutch bank ABN Amro after buying a significant stake in the British bank.
Barclays President Bob Diamond is "quietly confident" the bank's $84.6 billion offer for ABN Amro will succeed over a rival offer from a consortium led by the Royal Bank of Scotland, and said that he expects the Dutch bank's disputed sale of LaSalle to go ahead.
Bank of America has accused a Dutch court of unlawful action by blocking its $21 billion purchase of ABN Amro's U.S. unit LaSalle Bank in an appeal filing, the Financial Times reported on Friday.
Royal Bank of Scotland said on Tuesday it was not in talks with Bank of America regarding an attempt to resolve the purchase of LaSalle Bank, the U.S. arm of ABN Amro that is the subject of a dispute.
Royal Bank of Scotland says the offer for ABN Amro from rival bidder Barclays would put 9,000 more Britons out of work that its own proposal to buy the Dutch bank, The Times reported.
The Securities and Exchange Commission has decided to support shareholders suing Wall Street banks for damages over Enron's collapse in a significant case before the Supreme Court, according to a newspaper report Saturday.
In court documents filed in New York, the SEC alleged that Barclays and Steven Landzberg, the former head proprietary trader for Barclays' U.S. distressed debt desk, illegally traded millions of dollars of bond securities between March 2002 and September 2003.
ABN Amro's supervisory board is getting more involved in the Dutch bank's takeover battle after a consortium led by Royal Bank of Scotland launched a bid, ABN said on Wednesday.
The CEO of Royal Bank of Scotland told CNBC that the bank's $95.7 billion bid for Dutch Bank ABN Amro is more attractive than Barclays' rival bid because it offers a higher premium and will result in fewer lost jobs with more market synergies.
A consortium led by Royal Bank of Scotland launched a 71.1 billion euro ($95.7 billion) bid for Dutch group ABN AMRO, trumping Britain's Barclays in a battle for the world's biggest bank takeover.
A consortium of banks led by Royal Bank of Scotland will decide by May 29 whether it will make an official bid for the Netherlands' ABN Amro, it said in a statement Friday.
Barclays, which has agreed to buy Dutch rival ABN Amro in the biggest ever bank takeover, said on Thursday it had made a strong start to 2007 and it had seen 'good growth' in U.K. retail bank profit.