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Clyde & Co, the law firm, has agreed to set up a 145,000 sq ft office at Minerva's St Botolphs development in London, which is due for completion in summer 2010.
Perspective Financial has acquired Platinum Portfolios, the Eastbourne-based independent financial adviser, for undisclosed terms.
James Cowper is to merge with Buchanans of Southampton to create a combined accountancy group with 175 staff.
Noble Group, the Edinburgh-based bank with 90 staff, has been acquired by Execution of London for undisclosed terms.
Kennedys is to open a law office in Sheffield early next year, by recruiting a 70-strong team from Halliwells.
The Office for Legal Complaints is to set up a 40,000 sq ft headquarters at Baskerville House in Birmingham.
Santander is to set up a new office at 1 Dorset Street in Southampton, which could lead to the creation of up to 40 jobs.
Tricorn Partners, the London-based corporate finance firm, is to be acquired by Nomura of Japan for undisclosed terms.
National Money Helpline, the Chorley-based debt management firm with 13 staff, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.
Tullett Prebon has offered up to 700 London-based brokers the chance to relocate to offices overseas, in order to escape new taxes on bank bonuses.
The Financial Services Authority is expected to approve plans from US-based Metro Bank to set up a new chain of up to 200 bank branches in the UK over the next ten years, starting with two sites in London.
Cazenove Capital Management has acquired Thornhill, the fund management company with offices in Edinburgh and London, for undisclosed terms.
Newcastle Building Society is planning a significant expansion of the 200-strong workforce in its Solutions division early next year.
Alliance & Leicester is to relocate 150 call centre jobs from Leeds to a Santander site in Bradford in February.
Perspective Financial Group has acquired Charles Reynolds Associates, the Hertfordshire-based independent financial adviser, for undisclosed terms.
Tenon Group is to acquire RSM Bentley Jennison for up to £76m, creating a combined accountancy group with about 50 offices and 3,000 staff.
Skipton Building Society has sold Callcredit Information Group, the Leeds-based credit reference agency with 600 staff, to London-based private equity firm Vitruvian Partners for undisclosed terms.
Cowgill Holloway of Bolton has merged with Jackson of Liverpool, creating a combined accountancy and business advisory firm with 142 staff.
Allianz Capital, the investment firm, is to set up an 80,000 sq ft office at 60 Gracechurch Street, London EC3.
MF Global, the market broker, is to set up a 125,000 sq ft office at 5 Canada Square, London E14.
ClearDebt is to acquire most of Relax Group's debt management assets out of administration for £2.7m.
Innovation Group is to raise £21m in a share placing to fund the expansion of its insurance claims software business.
Ford Campbell is to relocate its Manchester-based corporate finance business from City Wharf to a 10,000 sq ft office at Hardman Square in Spinningfields later this month.
Merlin Claims is relocating its Manchester-based insurance business to a 9,000 sq ft office at Magnum House on Portland Street.
Brightside Group is to raise £20m in a share placing to fund the expansion of its insurance broking and finance business.
Helvetia Wealth of Switzerland has acquired City Gate Money Managers and TAM Asset Management for undisclosed terms, with the transfer of 25 UK-based financial advisers.
Accuma Group, the Manchester-based debt management company, is to return to private ownership in a £5m deal backed by private equity firm Zeus.
Yorkshire Building Society is to acquire Chelsea Building Society of Cheltenham, which is likely to lead to job losses at the combined group of 178 branches.
Jardine Lloyd Thompson has acquired HSBC Actuaries & Consultants, the employee benefits firm with 440 staff, from HSBC Insurance Brokers for £27m.
Perspective Financial has acquired Professional Investment Management Services, the Kent-based financial adviser, for undisclosed terms.
Close Invoice Finance is to relocate its Stockport office to 80 Moseley Street in Manchester by the end of the month.
PricewaterhouseCoopers has acquired Paragon Consulting Group, the London-based management consultancy with 90 staff.
Kleinwort Benson is planning to expand its private banking operation with a new office in Edinburgh.
SPX Corporation of the US has confirmed plans to set up a shared service centre at an undisclosed location in Manchester in 2010, with the creation of 160 jobs.
Aldermore Bank has acquired Absolute Invoice Finance, the Manchester-based factoring firm with six regional offices, from AnaCap Financial Partners for undisclosed terms.
Insure Your Motor is to create 75 new jobs at its insurance broking operation in Cwmbran early next year.
Veale Wasbrough has merged with Vizards Tweedie to create a combined law firm with 299 staff in Bristol and London.
Cazenove, the London-based stockbroker, is to be acquired by JP Morgan of the US in a £1bn deal, following the sale of the remaining 50% stake.
Higgs & Sons is to relocate its law firm and 170 staff from offices in Brierley Hill and Stourbridge to a 30,000 sq ft office at the Waterfront Business Park in Brierley Hill next February.
Cohen Cramer has acquired Hudson & Associates, the Cumbria-based law firm.
Centaur Global is to open a new training centre for sports investment fund traders at City Tower in London, and the 4,000 sq ft unit could be expanded to 14,000 sq ft.
Davies Managed Systems is to expand the 147-strong workforce at its Stoke-based insurance claims business with up to 100 new staff over the next year.
S&U has acquired J&C Smith, the Teesside-based home credit company with gross assets of £0.7m.
National Friendly has acquired 425 Direct, the Bristol-based financial advice firm formerly known as AWD Direct, securing the future of 25 jobs.
Watson Burton has secured a £1m investment from senior executives to expand its Newcastle-based law firm, which could involve an acquisition or the opening of additional offices.
BlueCrest Capital is planning to relocate part of its hedge fund management business and 50 staff from London to Switzerland.
Swinton Insurance is looking to recruit a further 60 sales advisors at its call centre in Halifax by the end of November.
Plexus Law is to open an office in Manchester city centre over the next few months, recruiting up to 18 lawyers.
American Express has won permission for a £100m nine-storey extension at its headquarters in Brighton, securing the future of more than 2,000 jobs.
Calibre Solicitors of Eccles has bought Branton Bridge Solicitors of Salford out of administration, with the transfer of more than 30 staff.
Brewin Dolphin is to relocate its Leicester-based investment management office and up to 20 staff to Colton Square over the next few weeks.
Skandia is planning to create up to 35 jobs at a new Adviser Direct Centre in Southampton, but 100 sales administration jobs could be lost at nine regional offices.
PKF is in the process of relocating its Manchester accountancy office and 100 staff to a new 14,000 sq ft unit at 3 Hardman Street in Spinningfields.
HM Treasury has unveiled proposals to create three new high street banks over the next four years, as part of the re-privatisation of Lloyds Banking Group, Northern Rock and Royal Bank of Scotland.
Barclays Capital is in negotiations to set up a new 300,000 sq ft headquarters at 20 Cabot Square, London E14.
AFH Wealth Management has acquired Insync Financial Planning from the West Bromwich Building Society for undisclosed terms.
Fortis Insurance is to create up to 550 new jobs in Gloucester, Stoke and Eastleigh over the next year, having agreed new partnerships with Tesco and Toyota.
Tesco Bank is to set up a 100,000 sq ft insurance customer service centre at the Quorum Business Park in Newcastle next year, with the creation of 1,000 jobs.
Barclays is to acquire Standard Life Bank, the mortgage and savings division of Standard Life with 270 staff in Edinburgh, for £226m.
Lloyds Banking Group is to sell HBOS Employee Equity Solutions to Computershare for up to £40m, with the transfer of 420 staff in Halifax, Purley and Jersey.
Kwik Fit Insurance is looking to recruit 84 additional staff for its call centre at Uddingston in Glasgow by the end of the year.
Domestic & General is looking to recruit 150 temporary staff at its call centre in Nottingham.
Towry Law has acquired the UK division of Edward Jones, the US-based financial adviser, for undisclosed terms.
Doodson Broking Group of Stockport has acquired Albemarle Insurance Brokers of London and Sumner Insurance Services of Blackburn.
Pepperells Solicitors of Scunthorpe has acquired Ivesons, the Hull-based law firm.
Perspective Financial Group of Wilmslow has acquired Chambers & Co, the Chelmsford-based independent financial adviser.
Rathbone Brothers has acquired part of the private client fund management operations of Lloyds Banking Group for up to £35m, but 40 Lloyds jobs will be lost in Edinburgh.
WH Ireland is to sell its stockbroking office in Colwyn Bay to a management team for undisclosed terms.
Admiral Insurance is to create 87 jobs at its customer services and renewals department in Swansea over the next few months.
The New York Stock Exchange is to set up a technology service centre in Belfast, with the creation of up to 400 jobs over the next two years.
Lloyds Banking Group is to sell Halifax Estate Agencies to LSL Property Services for a nominal sum, with the closure of about 121 Halifax banking counters and the loss of up to 460 jobs.
Ashley Commercial Finance has acquired Bizhelp24, the online business advice firm, for undisclosed terms.
M&A Solicitors is to relocate its Cardiff office to an 8,000 sq ft unit at the 3 Assembly Square development on Britannia Quay by the end of the year.
Friends Provident has acquired the Bankhall financial services business from Skandia UK, in order to expand its Sesame division with the transfer of up to 224 staff.
Alliance & Leicester is to close its Heritage House office in Leicester, and most of the 250 staff will relocate to sites in Narborough, Teesside and Sheffield.
AECOM is to relocate its professional support business and 175 staff from three existing offices to a new 17,100 sq ft unit at the Tanfield scheme in Edinburgh.
ProAktive Risk Group is linking up with Rotherham-based TIB Insurance Brokers to open a new insurance office in Sheffield this month, with the creation of an initial 12 jobs.
DWF, the law firm, is said to be in discussions to set up a new 100,000 sq ft office at 1 Scott Place in Manchester's Spinningfields.
Semple Fraser, the Glasgow-based law firm, is to open its first English office in Manchester next month.
RPMI is looking to expand the 226-strong workforce at its pensions administration business in Darlington over the next few months.
Linder Myers, the Manchester-based law firm, has merged with Rostrons of Lytham.
Eastern Credit has acquired Maysmith Leasing & Finance of Northampton for undisclosed terms.
Greenberg Traurig of the US is planning to set up a commercial law office in London with more than 200 lawyers over the next three years.
Royal Bank of Scotland is planning to invest £6bn in IT and marketing over the next five years.
BGL Group is creating up to 50 IT, management, marketing and product development jobs at its insurance office in Peterborough.
Pinsent Masons, the law firm, is said to be considering plans to relocate from two existing London offices to a 200,000 sq ft office at 30 Crown Place.
Beever & Struthers of Manchester is to merge with Waterworths of Blackburn to create a combined accountancy group with 26 partners and 150 staff.
Capita Financial Group is planning to relocate the primary base of its financial support services business and an unspecified number of jobs from London to Leeds.
Alan Boswell is considering plans to expand its Norwich-based broking and financial advisory business by opening a new office in Peterborough over the next year.
Eversheds is to sell its unsecured recoveries department to a management team operating under the name of Fairfax Solicitors, with the transfer of 84 Leeds-based staff.
Homeserve Claims Management is creating 300 new jobs at its customer services call centre in Preston by early next year.
Just Retirement, the Reigate-based supplier of enhanced annuities, is to be acquired by private equity firm Permira for £230m.
Bank of Scotland is to close three Edinburgh branches at the Mound, Chambers Street and Castle Street, and some of the 45 staff will relocate to a new branch that will open on the Royal Mile.
Midas Capital is to sell Intelli Corporate Finance, the corporate advisory firm with offices in London and Edinburgh, to Canaccord Adams.
Bain Capital, the asset management firm, is setting up a 41,500 sq ft office at Devonshire House in London's West End.
MoneySolvers UK is to relocate its telephone-based financial solutions business from Skipton to Keighley, with the creation of about 30 new jobs by the end of the year.
Mazars is to merge with Chadwick, the accountancy firm with offices in Manchester and Liverpool, creating a combined group with about 100 staff in the region.
Swinton is looking to recruit 50 staff at its insurance call centres in Halifax and Norwich.
North of England P&I Association is planning to expand the 170-strong workforce at its shipping insurance business with 60 new staff over the next few years, and 15,000 sq ft will be added to its headquarters on Newcastle's Quayside.
Clarke Nicklin is to relocate its Stockport-based accountancy business and up to 40 staff to an 8,500 square foot office at Cheadle Royal Business Park in December.
London Stock Exchange is to acquire Millennium IT, the Sri Lankan developer of trading systems with 451 staff, for £18m.
Absolute Invoice Finance is looking to double the 230-strong workforce at its Manchester-based loans business over the next five years, following the recent buy out from Cattles.
Citation is planning to expand the 200-strong workforce at its Wilmslow-based health and safety and employment laws business with 50 new staff over the next year.
Manson Insurance is to relocate its Manchester office to a 15,000 sq ft unit at 15 Quay Street in spring 2010.
NW Brown is to acquire a majority stake in KTFS, the Norwich-based financial services firm with 25 staff.
Impact Holdings is to acquire Sutherland Professional Funding, the Edinburgh-based solicitor lending firm, for £0.5m.
Mattioli Woods is looking to double the workforce at its Leicester-based pensions business to more than 300 over the next five years, and up to £5m could be spent on acquisitions.
Simpson Millar has acquired Maxwell Gillott Solicitors, the Lancaster-based law firm trading as MG Law.
Jigsaw Insurance Marketing is to open a new call centre in Bridgend in October, with the creation of 56 jobs.
Brooks Macdonald has acquired Lawrence House Fund Managers of Canterbury for up to £2.7m.
Merchant Securities is to acquire Cavendish Young, the London-based independent financial adviser and wealth management company, for up to £1.3m.
Stephenson Harwood, the law firm, is considering plans to set up a 110,000 sq ft office at 150 Cheapside, London EC2.
McDermott Will & Emery is in negotiations to set up a 50,000 sq ft office at the Drapers Gardens scheme in London EC2, while Australian bank Macquarie could take 200,000 sq ft.
Harrington Brooks has acquired the debt management and IVA back books of Bolton-based Debtmatters for undisclosed terms.
Just Costs Solicitors is looking to open new offices in a number of major cities, to add to the existing 70-strong workforce in Manchester, London and Chesterfield.
Lloyds Banking Group is considering proposals to close more than 300 Halifax agency branches in the offices of estate agents, financial consultants and solicitors.
Jardine Lloyd Thompson is looking to relocate its two London-based insurance broking offices, and is seeking a suitable 200,000 sq ft location in the City.
HSBC is to invest £5m in the refurbishment of its customer services call centre at Edinburgh Park, where it has 500 staff.
Capita is to create a further 200 jobs at its Craigforth insurance call centre in Stirling.
McGrigors is to merge with L'Estrange & Brett, the Belfast-based law firm with about 80 staff.
Adrian Flux is planning to create 100 jobs at its motor insurance business in Norfolk by November, including vacancies for clerical, sales and customer service staff.
Lloyds TSB Development Capital has invested £42m in the acquisition of a controlling stake in 1st The Exchange, the financial services technology company, from Vertex.
Bank of China is planning to set up a 117,500 sq ft office at 1 Lothbury, London EC2.
The Child Maintenance & Enforcement Commission (CMEC) is to set up a 60,000 sq ft office at the City Office Park in Leeds.
Tesco has secured a £5m Scottish Government grant to set up a financial services call centre in Glasgow in early 2010, with the creation of up to 800 jobs.
The College of Law is looking to relocate its London-based teaching facility, having appointed Jones Lang LaSalle to find a suitable 125,000 sq ft property.
Catlin, the insurance underwriter, is in negotiations to set up a 115,000 sq ft office at 20 Gracechurch Street in London EC3.
TD Waterhouse has acquired OMX Securities, the Birmingham-based provider of clearing services to stockbrokers with 160 staff.
Lloyds Banking Group is to sell its Insight asset management division to Bank of New York Mellon for £235m.
Friends Provident, the life assurance company, is to be acquired by Guernsey-based acquisition vehicle Resolution for £1.86bn.
Zolfo Cooper is to relocate its Leeds-based corporate advisory office, which has more than 50 staff, to a new 7,050 sq ft office at Toronto Square in September.
Cattles has sold its invoice finance division to private equity firm AnaCap Financial Partners for £70m.
Aberdeen Asset Management is to set up a 50,000 sq ft office at Bow Bells House, London EC4.
Royal Bank of Scotland is to sell its operations in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan and Vietnam to ANZ of Australia for £325m.
Hempsons is to set up a law office at Forth Banks in Newcastle in September, with the creation of an initial 20 jobs.
PricewaterhouseCoopers is planning to expand its management consulting division, with the recruitment of 2,000 extra staff over the next four years.
Markel International, the insurance firm, is said to be seeking a suitable 70,000 sq ft headquarters in London, in order to relocate from Billiter Street.
CIBC, the Canadian bank, is setting up a 50,000 sq ft office at 150 Cheapside, London EC2.
Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft, the law firm, is to relocate from a 28,000 sq ft office in London's Strand to Old Broad Street.
Close Brothers is to sell its Close Growth Capital private equity division to management.
Working Links is to recruit an additional 50 staff to work on a new government contract to help the long-term unemployed find work in South Wales.
JP Morgan Asset Management has sold JP Morgan Invest, its Liverpool-based benefits business with 47 staff, to a management buy-out operating under the name of Wealth At Work for undisclosed terms.
Ernst & Young has sold the Robinson Way debt collection business of London Scottish Bank to management for undisclosed terms, securing up to 250 jobs at Salford Quays.
Watson Wyatt, the financial services firm, is to set up a 15,000 sq ft office at the Belvedere building in Manchester city centre.
Lupton Fawcett is to acquire Hackett Windle, the Sheffield-based solicitor and tax adviser with more than 20 staff.
Barclays is to relocate 270 Manchester-based commercial banking staff to a 36,000 sq ft office at 3 Hardman Street in Spinningfields by the end of the year.
North of England P&I Association is planning to expand the 125-strong workforce at its Tyneside-based shipping insurance business with ten new staff by the end of the year.
Yorkshire Forward is in talks with government agencies about the possibility of relocating a division of the Financial Services Authority and hundreds of jobs from London to the Leeds area.
Apex Credit Management is to relocate its 170 Stratford-based staff to Avon House, and 60 new jobs will be created by the end of the year.
Mattioli Woods is to expand the 180-strong workforce at its Leicestershire-based pensions business with 15 new jobs over the next year.
TSYS is looking to create a further 30 jobs at its York-based outsourced payment services business.
Perspective Financial Group has acquired McGregors Wealth Management of Lincoln for undisclosed terms.
College of Law is seeking a suitable site in Bristol to develop a £1.2m law training centre by September 2010, with the creation of 40 jobs.
Nomura is planning to relocate its London-based investment bank and up to 4,000 staff to the City's new 525,000 sq ft Watermark Place development due for completion in 2010.
AJ Bell is looking to recruit up to 40 new staff at the Manchester-based headquarters of its pensions business, with vacancies for marketing, accounts and administrative staff.
Consolidated Asset Management has sold Throgmorton Financial Services, its Manchester-based independent financial advisory business, to a management buy-out.
Beachcroft is to relocate its Manchester law office to a 25,500 sq ft unit at 3 Hardman Street in Spinningfields in May 2010.
Eldon Insurance Services is looking to expand the 160-strong workforce at its Newcastle-based insurance business with 20 additional staff this year.
Alea Group is to sell its London-based Alea Holdings UK subsidiary to Catalina Holdings (Bermuda).
Watson Wyatt is to merge with Towers Perrin to create the world's largest benefits consultancy with 14,000 staff, including almost 3,000 in the UK.
Clyde & Co, the law firm, is said to be considering plans to set up a 100,000 sq ft office at Minerva's St Botolphs development in the City of London.
CPP is planning to create a further 250 jobs at its credit card and mobile phones call centre in Chesterfield by the end of the year.
BiP Solutions is creating a further 100 jobs at its procurement services office at Pacific Quay in Glasgow.
Tesco Personal Finance is to form a partnership with Fortis to supply motor and household insurance, which could lead to the creation of up to 1,500 new jobs.
Clerical Medical is to close its office in Clevedon by the end of the year, and most of the 540 jobs will be relocated to its Harbourside site in Bristol.
Aviva is to sell its Australian insurance and pension operations to National Australia Bank for £452m, in order to fund acquisitions in India and China.
Somerbys has merged with David T Langman to create a combined Leicester-based accountancy firm with 35 staff.
Domestic & General is to create 100 fixed-term jobs at its insurance call centre in Nottingham over the next few months, in order to train permanent staff how to use a new computer system.
Hymans Robertson has confirmed plans to create up to 25 jobs at a new benefits and investment consultancy office at One Exchange Place in Edinburgh.
Sun Life Financial of Canada is to acquire the UK operations of Lincoln Financial for £195m, increasing its UK assets under management by 60% to more than £10bn.
Barclays has sold its Barclays Global Investors asset management business in the US to BlackRock for £8.2bn.
Churchwood Finance is planning to expand the 350-strong workforce at its Stockport-based financial services business with 150 extra staff by the end of next year, and it will relocate to a new headquarters at National House by October.
Hastings Direct is planning to create a further 150 jobs in its insurance business, with vacancies in marketing, finance and call centres.
Tesco is planning to expand the workforce at the new Edinburgh headquarters of its Tesco Personal Finance division from 250 to 450.
Aberdeen Asset Management has sold its private equity division to a management buy-out operating under the name of Maven Capital Partners, and the new firm will have 25 staff in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Manchester and London.
Lloyds Banking Group is to close 164 C&G branches with the loss of 833 jobs, while its personal loans team will relocate from Chester to London with the loss of 265 jobs, CarSelect will move from Cardiff to Birmingham and 31 Black Horse centres will close.
Randall & Quilter has acquired Woolworths Insurance (Guernsey) from the administrators of Woolworths Group.
Wonga has raised £14m of private equity finance to fund the expansion of its online loans business.
Jardine Lloyd Thompson has acquired Ingham Underwriting, the underwriting agency with offices in Wolverhampton, Belfast and Ripon, for an initial £9.5m.
Braveheart Investment Group has acquired Inkopo, the investment consultancy with seven staff in Wakefield and Harrogate, for up to £1.3m.
BM&F Bovespa of Brazil is planning to open an office in London in July, in order to increase foreign participation in its equities and derivatives exchange.
Capita Group has acquired the European loan and asset management administration operations of Capmark Financial Group for £10m, with the transfer of 110 staff.
Ty Arian is planning to treble the 30-strong workforce at its new social welfare advice business in Swansea over the next five years, having won a contract from the Legal Services Commission.
Hertford International is to expand its cheque cashing network by up to 25%, having agreed a deal to supply its services to 200 Money Transfer International outlets.
Amlin is to acquire Fortis Corporate Insurance, the Dutch provider of corporate property and casualty insurance, for £304m.
Perspective Financial Group has acquired Multiplex Financial Trustees, the Knutsford-based independent financial advice firm with 15 staff.
Execution is planning to increase the headcount in its London-based corporate broking and advisory services business from 120 to 300 by 2011.
Fox Davies Capital is said to be considering plans to relocate its London-based financial services business to an 8,500 sq ft office at 23 Savile Row in London's West End.
Howells is to create about 16 jobs at its law office in Sheffield, having won a government contract to provide telephone-based advice on family issues.
Homeserve has acquired SFG, the French appliance warranty provider with 55 staff, from April Group for £24m.
BNDES, the Brazilian development bank, is looking to set up an office in London, in order to help Brazilian companies invest abroad.
Homeserve is to create up to 50 new jobs at its emergency insurance call centre at Fulwood Park in Preston over the next 18 months.
Homeserve, the membership insurance company, is looking to expand its Green Lane site in Walsall, which currently employs 1,200 staff.
Close Brothers is to sell its London-based financial advisory business to Daiwa Securities of Japan for £67m, with the transfer of 200 staff.
Government Office North West (GONW) is to relocate more than 40 civil service staff from the Cunard building in Liverpool to Manchester in 2011.
Ellisons has agreed to merge with Marshall Legal, the Colchester-based law firm, later this year.
Succession Advisory Services is to create up to 100 jobs at its new financial services business in Plymouth over the next year, in order to provide investment services to independent financial advisers.
Speechly Bircham is said to be discussing plans to merge with Campbell Hooper, the London-based law firm with 23 partners.
Barclays Capital is planning to recruit a further 300 staff for its European and Asian cash equities operation this year, taking the total workforce to 750.
Spectrum Financial Group has secured a £3m equity investment to fund the expansion of its Chester-based financial services business, which employs 30 staff.
Helphire has sold its E-Register jewellery registration and claims valuation business to Loss Management Group of Bath for £0.3m, with the transfer of 17 staff.
Ruffler Bank, the leisure and property lender, is to be acquired by private equity firm Anacap Financial Partners in a deal worth £80m.
Evolution Securities has recruited 46 stockbrokers and analysts from Dresdner Kleinwort, in order to expand its securities division by 30%.
European Financial Solutions has acquired Mortgage Intelligence from Close Brothers, in order to create a combined Bournemouth-based mortgages group with 500 appointed representatives.
Mansfield Building Society is to relocate its mortgage subsidiary to its Queen Street branch in Mansfield later this year.
Hanson Westhouse is to conduct a reverse takeover of equity finance house Sovgem, creating a new group with a market capitalisation of about £7m.
Resources in Insurance has sold CPA, its Bristol-based loss adjusting division, to a former director, in order to focus on the provision of support services to the insurance sector.
Hill Dickinson is to merge with Middleton Potts, the City of London-based law firm with 11 partners, in July.
Birkett Long has acquired Jackson & Partners, the Colchester-based law firm.
Accuma is to sell its individual voluntary arrangements business to Grant Thornton for £5.6m, in order to focus on debt management services.
Thomas Carroll is to expand its Caerphilly-based insurance business by opening new offices in Swansea and Brecon over the next few months.
Irwin Mitchell has acquired the Birmingham office of BPE Solicitors, with the transfer of ten fee-earners, in order to expand its commercial and corporate law business.
Scott-Moncrieff is to relocate its Edinburgh-based accountancy office to a 17,700 sq ft unit at Exchange Place in July.
Brookfield Europe is to relocate its London-based asset management office from Berkeley Square to a 14,820 sq ft unit at 23 Hanover Square later this year.
Global Debt Solutions is planning to expand the 35-strong workforce at its Bury-based debt management business with up to 100 new jobs over the next six months.
Booth Ainsworth has acquired Tatton & Fletcher to create a combined Stockport-based accountancy group with 99 staff.
Talbot Underwriting, the insurance company, is expected to set up a 42,000 sq ft office at the 60 Threadneedle scheme in London.
Barlow Lyde & Gilbert, the law firm, is to open its third UK office in Manchester, in order to focus on the insurance market.
Bank of Tokyo has agreed to set up a 220,000 sq ft headquarters for its Mitsubishi UFJ operations at the Ropemaker scheme in the City of London.
Mastercard is to relocate its London headquarters to a 40,000 sq ft office at 10 Upper Bank Street in Canary Wharf, as the lease on its Cannon Street office expires in 2013.
Barclays has agreed to sell its iShares asset management division to private equity firm CVC Partners for £3bn.
Mortgage Times is looking to recruit 20 business development consultants, with recruitment days taking place in Birmingham, London and Reading.
Fiske has acquired VOR Financial Strategy, the London-based investment consultancy, for an initial £0.2m.
Duncan & Toplis has bought accountancy branches in Melton and Oakham from Newby Castleman.
Morses Club, the doorstep lending firm with 180 staff, has been bought from the administrators of Manchester-based London Scottish by vulture fund R Capital.
Brabners Chaffe Street is to merge with Bremners Solicitors, the Liverpool-based corporate law firm with 30 staff.
HSBC is to recruit 100 additional customer services staff at its M&S Money financial services centre in Chester by the end of the year.
First Derivatives has acquired Hologram, the Australian risk management and data management consultancy, for £1.2m.
Nationwide Building Society is to acquire Dunfermline Building Society, securing the future of 300 jobs at 34 branches, but further jobs could be lost at the Dunfermline head office.
Tesco is planning to open 30 in-store bank branches this year, with the first outlets opening in Bristol, Blackpool and Coventry in April.
HSBC is to create 200 jobs at its Investment Service and Wealth Management Centre in Southampton over the next 12 months, in order to transfer work from Leamington Spa.
Freeth Cartwright is currently relocating its Birmingham law office and 14 staff to larger premises at 75 Colmore Row.
Evolution Securities is to recruit a further 12 agency traders and sales staff at its new fixed-income trading desk in London.
Kensington Financial Management Consultants is planning to double the 120-strong workforce at its debt management business in Trafford this year.
Bank of America is said to be planning to relocate its London headquarters from Canary Wharf to the Merrill Lynch office in Newgate Street by 2012.
The Money Centre is looking to create up to 100 jobs at its Norwich-based mortgages business over the next two years, due to rising demand for a new insurance service for landlords facing negative equity.
Begbies Traynor is to open a business recovery office in Aberdeen, specialising in corporate and personal insolvency.
Mortgage Warehouse Corporation has acquired The More Group, the nationwide team of mortgage consultants.
Skerritt Consultants has acquired Watkins Oram, the West Sussex-based firm of independent financial advisers, for £0.6m.
Suretrack Monitoring has acquired IBP Group of Surrey, in order to expand its asset security business.
General Capital Group has sold Norton Folgate, its Hertford-based finance broking business, to a management buy-out operating under the name of Stable Capital Partners.
Robert Fleming is in negotiations to relocate its London insurance office to a 42,000 sq ft unit in Gracechurch Street.
BGL Group is to expand the 2,000-strong workforce at its Peterborough-based insurance business with 60 new staff across a range of functions.
Ratio Money is to create 125 jobs at its Altrincham-based financial services business, with vacancies for claims handlers and customer services staff.
Johnston Carmichael is to acquire Duncan Young & Co, the accountancy firm with 23 staff in Edinburgh and Burntisland.
TFP Schemes has acquired the wholesale operation of Bridgend-based M Wood Insurance Services, in order to expand its Cardiff-based specialist hire car insurance business.
Co-operative Bank is to open a new business banking centre in Fountainbridge, Edinburgh, this month, as part of an £18m expansion programme.
Minster Law Solicitors is planning to expand its workforce in York and Wakefield from almost 500 to 650 over the next year, as it diversifies into employment law, wills, criminal law and consumer law.
Brit Insurance is planning to relocate its headquarters from London to the Netherlands, for tax reasons.
AA Warranty is recruiting 14 new staff a month at its Sheffield-based warranties business, due to rising demand from car owners for breakdown cover.
SB&P of Bootle is to merge with the Liverpool office of Bailey, Page & Roper to create a combined accountancy group with 40 staff and seven partners.
Oval Insurance is to relocate its Ward Mitchell Partnership office in Leicester and about 16 staff to its main site in Western Boulevard by June.
Simpson Millar of Leeds has acquired AP Law Associates, the Tyneside-based debt recovery firm.
Capita Group has acquired Hero Insurance Services, the personal lines broker, from LV for £15m.
Tesco Personal Finance has confirmed plans to set up a new headquarters at the Interpoint building in Edinburgh, with the creation of 200 jobs over the next year.
Cobra Holdings has acquired Thornway Insurances, the Manchester-based general insurance broker, for £1.1m.
The Scottish Government has unveiled plans to recruit 300 additional staff at job centres across Scotland.
Baker Tilly is to relocate its Hull-based accountancy office and up to 70 staff to Two Humber Quays in April.
Askews is planning to create about 40 jobs at its Teesside-based personal injury claims business over the next two years, and a new office will open in Middlesbrough this year.
Esure has unveiled plans to create 250 jobs at its internet and telephone insurance operation in Glasgow over the next 18 months, and a further 250 jobs by 2014.
Flint Bishop is to relocate its Nottingham-based law office and up to nine staff to Derby.
Admiral is planning to set up a new 12,160 sq ft office for its Gladiator commercial vehicle insurance brand at the new Ellipse building in Swansea, with the creation of 119 jobs.
Edward Jones is looking to recruit 38 new financial advisers a month across the country.
Moneygate is looking to expand its Tyneside-based financial advice business with the creation of 60 jobs, following its recent withdrawal from the mortgage market.
KPMG is to relocate 1,000 staff to a new 93,000 sq ft office on Upper Bank Street in London.
The Financial Services Authority is to recruit an additional 280 staff by the end of the year, in order to monitor risks in the banking sector.
Vertex is to relocate 54 jobs from its customer service call centre in Warrington to Manchester in March.
Tenon Group has acquired HWSEG, the firm of medical accountants and tax advisers with offices in Leeds and Rochdale, for undisclosed terms.
Morse is to sell the assets of the UK and Jersey Investment Management Consultancy business to Navigant Consulting for up to £1.7m.
Jelf Group is to relocate its business consultancy staff from offices in Bath and Trowbridge to a new 9,500 sq ft building at the Crescent Office Park at Rush Hill.
Deloitte is said to be considering plans to relocate its Cardiff accountancy office from Fitzalan Court to a 19,000 sq ft unit at the Callaghan Square scheme.
Ecclesiastical is to relocate its Manchester-based insurance office and up to 40 staff to Spinningfields in April.
RAB Capital is to sell its Northwest Asian hedge funds business back to its founders for £1m.
First Derivatives has secured £3m from Invest NI to create 142 jobs at its financial services operation in Newry, due to rising demand for its trading and risk-management systems.
Howard Cohen & Co has merged with Cramer Richards Solicitors to create a combined Leeds-based law firm with nine partners and 50 staff.
MacRoberts is to relocate its Glasgow-based law firm and 187 staff to a 33,500 sq ft office at Atlantic Quay by the end of the year.
New Star Asset Management is to be acquired by Henderson for £115m, and about half of its 300 staff are expected to be retained.
HM Revenue & Customs is planning to expand the workforce at its new call centre in Workington from 403 to at least 450.
BNP Paribas Securities Services is to create 80 new jobs at its investment operations in Glasgow.
The Department for Social Development in Northern Ireland is to create 150 jobs at social security offices, due to a rise in the number of unemployed people.
University College London has secured £7m of government funding to set up a Doctoral Training Centre in Financial Computing, in collaboration with the London School of Economics and London Business School.
Tesco Personal Finance is to relocate its headquarters and 200 staff to the 47,000 sq ft Interpoint building in Edinburgh city centre.
Acxiom is to create 250 new jobs at its 2Touch call centre in Sunderland over the next three months, due to rising demand from the financial services sector.
Begbies Traynor is looking to recruit up to 100 corporate recovery specialists across the country this year, but jobs will be lost in its corporate finance division.
The Britannia Building Society is planning to merge with Manchester-based Co-operative Financial Services, creating a combined mutual society with 12,000 staff at 300 branches and 20 corporate banking centres.
Prestige Holdings is to set up a 22,000 sq ft insurance claims office at Jennymount Business Park in Belfast, with the creation of 40 jobs, and has also acquired Fulton Downes & Agnew of Coleraine, G&H Bell of Hillsborough and Insurance Partnership of Armagh.
ArgentVive has sold the assets of its AuctionAssist subsidiary, which provides asset value recovery solutions for distressed inventories, to a new company called RetailOn for less than £0.1m.
Murgitroyd has acquired Raworth Moss & Cook, the Croydon-based patent attorney, for £0.5m.
Simpson Millar has acquired Peter Maughan & Co, the Gateshead-based law firm, for undisclosed terms.
Skipton Building Society has appointed Wates Construction to build a new £19m 100,000 sq ft headquarters in Skipton, in order to house 800 staff from its Homeloan Management subsidiary.
Swinton is to recruit a further 46 staff at its insurance call centre in Manchester, and additional jobs will be created in various head office departments.
Lighthouse Group has acquired the trade and certain assets of Godfrey Pearson, the Leeds-based firm with 50 independent financial advisers, for up to £1.5m.
Norwich Union is to create a further 50 jobs at its insurance office in Leicester, and its other "centres of excellence" will be in Bishopbriggs, Manchester, Norwich, Perth, Stretford and Southend.
Elmhirst has merged with Parker March to create a combined Selby-based law firm called Elmhirst Parker with a 25-strong legal team.
Thring Townsend Lee & Pembertons, the law firm, is setting up a 21,500 sq ft office at the Paragon building on London's Victoria Street.
NewLaw is to relocate its Cardiff-based law firm to a larger 45,000 sq ft office at Helmont House in Churchill Way this summer.
Homeserve is looking to expand the 1,300-strong workforce at its repair insurance and warranties business in Walsall with up to 100 new jobs.
Parasol has acquired Quay Accounting, the accountancy chain with 50 staff in Poole, Aberdeen and Wilmslow.
Morgan Cole is to merge with CIP Solicitors, the Bristol-based insurance specialist with about 70 staff.
Randall & Quilter has acquired Quest, the Bermuda-based provider of accounting and management services to insurance companies, for £4.7m.
Ramsdens Solicitors has merged with Rice Jones to create a combined law firm with 140 staff in Kirklees and Calderdale.
Aberdeen Asset Management has agreed to acquire the UK asset management division of Credit Suisse in an all-share deal worth up to £250m.