Johan Thijs

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A KBC Bank branch in Dublin city centre. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

When the European Commission ordered Belgian financial giant KBC Group in late 2009 to sell a number of businesses and shrink its balance sheet as pen(...)

It became clear in recent months to KBC Group that its Irish unit was going to be reduced to being even more of a bit player in a consolidating market. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

So, we now know why Bank of Ireland boss Francesca McDonagh was keeping a low profile while rivals in AIB and Permanent TSB donned the green jersey in(...)

KBC Group is planning to quit the Republic after more than four decades. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Belgian financial giant KBC Group is planning to quit the Republic after more than four decades and is in advanced talks to sell its performing loans (...)

The mortgage lender, part of the Belgium-based KBC Group, admitted to 12 regulatory breaches in the investigation. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

KBC Bank Ireland has been fined €18.3 million by the Central Bank for its role in the State’s tracker mortgage scandal, which saw the lender devise a (...)

Peter Roebben, chief executive of KBC Bank Ireland at the bank’s offices on Sandwith Street, Dublin. Photograph: Laura Hutton

Peter Roebben, a lifer with Belgian financial giant KBC Group who was dispatched in April last year to run its Irish unit, wants to clear something up(...)

AIB said its April 29th agm would take place via a conference call. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

AIB, Bank of Ireland and KBC have all scrapped plans to pay shareholder dividends in line with recommendations from the European Central Bank (ECB). (...)

KBC Bank Ireland headquarters in Dublin. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

KBC Bank Ireland’s chief executive, Peter Roebben, has left the door open to the sale of soured residential mortgage loans as 16.4 per cent of its loa(...)

 KBC Group CEO Johan Thijs: ‘What is still an annoying thing is all the tracker mortgage stuff and, honestly, we would recommend to Central Bank of Ireland: come on, guys, turn the page.’ Photograph:  Brenda Fitzsimons

The dreaded B-word hovered malevolently over the banking sector, like most areas of Irish economic and political life, in 2019. Fears over the impact(...)

Central Bank governor Gabriel Makhlouf: “If I recall correctly that particular gentleman described our work as annoying, and one of the things I can tell you is that he may regret the fact that we will continue to be annoying.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Central Bank governor Gabriel Makhlouf responded publicly on Thursday for the first time to the head of KBC Group bemoaning the regulator’s ongoing fo(...)

BPFI CEO Brian Hayes: His plea for bankers to be able to speak their minds on major issues affecting their sector, and the economy at large, might get a better hearing if bankers weren’t so reluctant to apologise for their mistakes.  Photograph: Crispin Rodwell for the Irish Times

Free speech is the cornerstone of every democracy so bravo to Brian Hayes for saying that bankers here should not be put on the “bold step” for expres(...)

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