The top boss of HSBC, Stuart Gulliver, has said it is planning to move some staff from London to Paris following Britain’s exit from the European Union. Speaking from the World Economic Forum in Davos, Gulliver said in an interview Bloomberg Television that "about 1,000 jobs which are carrying out activities which are covered by European legislation... would probably need, in our case, to go to France". While Gulliver had in the past already hinted at such a switch of investment banking jobs, his comments appeared more precise as he suggested France would take precedence over other EU nations.
Italy's Luxottica and France's Essilor on Monday announced they have agreed on a 50-billion-euro merger deal to create an eyewear giant with over 140,000 employees and sales in some 150 countries. The deal, one of Europe's largest cross-border tie-ups, brings together Luxottica, the world's top spectacles maker with brands such as Oakley and Ray-Ban, with Essilor, the world's leading manufacturer of ophthalmic lenses. By merging, the companies would have jointly reported net earnings of over 15 billion euros, based on 2015 annual results posted by the two companies, and a net combined operating profit EBITDA of about 3.5 billion euros.
French investigators will probe Renault over suspected "cheating" in emissions tests of diesel motors, the Paris prosecutors office said today. Renault shares fell sharply on the news, which comes about two months after the government passed to the prosecutor the findings of an investigation by its consumer fraud agency. Renault insisted its engines complied "with French and European regulations". "Renault vehicles are all and have always been homologated in accordance with the laws and regulations. They are compliant with the applicable standards. "Renault vehicles are not equipped with cheating software affecting anti-pollution systems."
Swiss bank UBS has failed to persuade the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) to overturn an order that it must post €1.1 billion bail in a French case about whether it helped clients avoid tax. UBS had argued before the ECHR that the record-setting bond, a guarantee against an eventual fine upon conviction, violated its right to the presumption of innocence and it took the unusual step of going to the human rights court in 2015. The Strasbourg court said on Thursday it had unanimously rejected UBS's application to challenge the order.
The euro may not exist in ten years’ time if Paris and Berlin fail to bolster the single currency union. The warning has come from the French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron in a speech at Humboldt University in Berlin on Tuesday, as cited by Reuters. Macron was economy minister under Socialist President François Hollande until he resigned this year to create his own political movement and stand as an independent candidate in this year’s presidential election. The truth is that we must collectively recognize that the euro is incomplete and cannot last without major reforms,” Macron added.
Ogeu, group of mineral waters, has reached an agreement to purchase the source of Quézac, in France, from Nestlé. The two groups have announced today the agreement, which puts an end to negotiations lasted two years. The amount of the sale was not disclosed. There are no cuts in jobs, as stated in the joint statement. With this operation, Ogeu hopes to strengthen the segment of mineral waters in France. The sale of Quézac, with an annual turnover of 20 million euros, reflects according to Nestlé Waters France its "strategic will to concentrate its resources on its national and international flagship brands".
BNP Paribas, the French multinational bank and financial services company, announced today that it has processed several live payments for Panini Group, an international leader in collectibles and trading cards and Amcor, a global leader in packaging solutions, using blockchain technology. It processed and cleared for payments in various currencies between bank accounts located in Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. The payments were fully processed and cleared in a few minutes, which BNP Paribas says highlights the real potential of this innovative technology which eliminates delays, unexpected fees and processing errors, paving the way for real time cash management.
French authorities said on Thursday they are investigating 560 taxpayers over tax evasion based on information garnered in the leaked Panama Papers. They confirmed a report in Le Monde, one of the papers that broke the Panama Papers story along with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists in April. Tax investigators around the world have spent months delving into the 11.5 million confidential documents leaked in April after Panamanian law office Mossack Fonseca’s computers had been hacked.
The Swiss federal tax administration (FTA) decided not to appeal against a court decision to let UBS inspect files and receive information in a tax investigation by French tax authorities, FTA said on Monday. Swiss law generally requires banks to automatically hand over client information without a right to be involved in such cases.
Prosecutors in Switzerland have seized 11 luxury cars belonging to the vice-president of Equatorial Guinea Teodorin Obiang, who they are investigating for corruption, on Thursday. Contacted by Reuters, Obiang's lawyer in Paris said the cars seized in Switzerland did not belong to his client. "These are not his vehicles," Emmanuel Marsigny said.
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