Santander chief executive Ana Botin boosted capital levels with a €7.5 billion share sale in January to back its lending push

Santander has reported a 32 per cent jump in first-quarter net profit, helped by improving earnings in Britain and Brazil as the euro zone’s biggest b(...)

A demonstrator taking part in a protest against Brazil’s president Dilma Rousseff in Rio this month. This latest police operation highlights the increasing confidence of anticorruption authorities in Brazil to tackle the problem but also the entrenched nature of graft in Brazil. Photograph: Ricardo Moraes/Reuters

Federal police in Brazil say they have uncovered a major corruption scheme inside the country’s finance ministry that allowed prominent local companie(...)

Realex founder and chief executive  Colm Lyon. Realex can lay claim to being one of the few truly indigenous tech companies to make it big. Photograph: Brendan Lyon/Image Bureau

At 52, Colm Lyon is no wunderkind of the tech world. He has been ploughing away at the e-payments game for more than 15 years. Yesterday, he struck go(...)

First Minister Peter Robinson described the sale of the loans to Cerberus last year as “excellent news”. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Former Nama debtors in Northern Ireland are being treated “less than sympathetically” by the US-based investment firm that bought their loans, British(...)

Spanish Bank Santander’s President Ana Botin speaks during a press conference announcing the company’s 2014 results on Tuesday in Madrid. The eurozone’s biggest bank, Santander of Spain, said today its profits surged by nearly 40 per cent in 2014, led by its activity in Britain and Brazil. (Photograph:  JAVIER SORIANOJAVIER SORIANO/AFP/Getty Images)

Santander, the euro zone’s biggest bank, has trumpeted a turnaround in lending in 2014 after two years of shrinkage, paving the way for a loan drive b(...)

Bank of Ireland UK is trialling current accounts across 300 of 11,500 branches through it joint venture with the Post Office. Photograph: Leonhard Foeger/Reuters

Bank of Ireland UK is planning a big push into the current-account market before the end of the year in a move to challenge Britain’s biggest high (...)

Shares in Spain’s Santander tumbled more than 10 percent on Friday after the bank sold €7.5 billion of new shares at a steep discount to improve its (...)

The decision to oust CEO Javier Marin and replace him with chief financial officer Jose Antonio Alvarez was welcomed by investors as a sign Ana Botin, 54, was putting her stamp on a business that has recently been hit by a crippling five-year economic downturn in its home market. (Photograph: EPA/EMILIO NARANJO)

Santander chief Ana Botin overhauled the management of the euro zone’s biggest bank on Tuesday, turning the page after her father’s 28-year leaders(...)

The new building of the European Central Bank  is illuminated while dominating the skyline of Frankfurt. Photograph: Frank Rumpenhorst/EPA

At around noon today, the euro zone’s 130 biggest banks will receive the European Central Bank’s final verdict on their finances after a review aimed (...)

Ireland’s Annalise Murphy has secured a nations place in the Laser Redial class for the Rio Olympics. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

The National Yacht Club’s (NYC) Annalise Murphy completed a major comeback to secure Ireland’s place in the Laser Radial class for the Rio 2016 Olymp(...)