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UK’s Metro Bank To Buy P2P Lender RateSetter For At Least $3.27M

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London-based Metro Bank has struck a deal to buy peer-to-peer lender RateSetter for £2.5 Metro will make additional payments to shareholders if RateSetter reaches certain benchmarks, according to a news release. Metro Bank will operate RateSetter as an independent entity and make loans under both its and Metro Bank brands.

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Bank of England sounds out buyers for Metro Bank including NatWest

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JP Morgan also approached as Metro reportedly tries to thrash out rescue package with investors The Bank of England’s regulatory arm is understood to have approached a number of big lenders in the past few days, including NatWest and JP Morgan Chase, to see if they had any interest in the embattled high street rival Metro Bank.

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RBS Fund Takes Back £50M From Metro Bank

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After Metro Bank recently pulled back from plans to expand and decided to move away from lending for mortgages, the bank said it will return £50 million from the RBS bailout fund, according to a report. Three banks – Metro, Starling and ClearBank – were collectively given £280 million from the RBS bailout fund last year.

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Metro Bank shares plummet as bank prepares fundraising drive

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Stock falls by 25% in early trading as high street lender seeks to raise £350m to shore up its balance sheet Metro Bank shares have plunged after news that the high street lender is seeking to raise hundreds of millions of pounds to shore up its balance sheet.

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Metro Bank Struggles To Find A Buyer

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challenger financial institution Metro Bank is struggling to find a buyer as potential suitors are turned off by the bank’s expensive business model, the Financial Times reported Friday (Dec. Reports said Metro Bank is planning to further expand its physical network, which currently includes 70 bank branches across the U.K.

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Metro Joins Bacs For SMB Direct Debits

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challenger bank Metro Bank has joined the Pay.UK-operated operated Bacs and partnered with Boston payments firm Bottomline Technologies to enable direct debits for small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs), Metro announced on Wednesday (Feb. SMBs and FinTechs. Unlike the U.S.,

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Metro Bank Hit By More Fraud Probes

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’s Metro Bank on behalf of investors concerned that the institution committed securities fraud. According to Pomerantz, the probe “concerns whether Metro Bank, and [certain officers] and/or directors, have engaged in securities fraud or other unlawful business practices.” “It is commonplace in the U.S.

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