Britain's Lloyds Banking Group confirmed on Friday that it was close to agreeing a settlement over allegations of manipulating benchmark interest rates.
Britain's anti-fraud agency said it has launched a criminal investigation into alleged rigging of the currency market.
Financiers are grumbling that the U.S. is acting like an imperial power in punishing foreign banks for dealings beyond U.S. territory.
Stock listings surged 60 percent in the first half of the year, with Europe grabbing the top spot for capital raised, a report showed.
European shares finished Friday's session slightly higher, with investors contemplating M&A activity and ongoing tensions in Iraq.
Shares in TSB Banking Group were trading at 290 pence in early trading on Friday following its stock market debut, up 12 percent on the 260 pence price set for its initial public offering.
At the Founders Forum of CEOs, entrepreneurs and investors on Thursday, the consensus was that disruptive start-ups were here to stay.
European shares started the week on a positive note, closing higher, as U.S. stocks advanced near record high territory.
Lloyds Banking Group priced its high-profile flotation of a quarter of its TSB division at 220-290 pence per share on Monday.
Crude pared gains on Wednesday, amid news that Ukraine's president-elect was working on a peace plan with Russia.
Banking CEOs received an average pay rise of 10 percent last year as U.S. banks paid their heads more than their European rivals, the FT reports.
Politicians and many economists across Europe are convinced that a healthy small business sector is crucial to the region’s economic recovery.
Nationwide's chief executive said the price of homes in London could start to fall over the summer months amid signs that the housing market may be cooling.
European shares closed slightly higher on Tuesday, as the U.K.'s FTSE Index rose after being closed for a public holiday.
Lloyds Banking Group said on Tuesday it will float about 25 percent of its TSB business on the London Stock Exchange, with the remainder sold before the end of 2015.
European bond funds likely continued to outperform in April, despite concerns about whether the euro zone will instigate bond purchases.
U.K. banking group Lloyds has reported a rise in underlying profit for the first quarter of 2014 as the company plans to restart dividend payments.
Chief executives in some of Europe's biggest banks saw huge gains in their pay packets in 2013, data compiled exclusively for CNBC reveals.
Quitting the EU would cost London its title as the financial services capital of Europe, City heavyweight Win Bischoff warned on Tuesday.
After the tech sector's brutal selloff and this year's strong run for utility and healthcare stocks, investors are now eyeing a shift into "cyclical" names.