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            Friday, August 6, 2010, Vol. 11, No. 154

                            Headlines



B E L G I U M

LINOPAN: Insolvency Proceedings Extended to October 15


B U L G A R I A

KREMIKOVTZI: Supreme Court Sides With Gov't. on BGN700MM Claim


F R A N C E

PAINDOR ROUSSEAU: Put Into Liquidation
WORLDSPACE: Onde Numerique Buys Liquidated Assets


I R E L A N D

ALLIED IRISH: Posts EUR2.36 Billion Loss in First Half 2010
ALLIED IRISH: Director Wants Bank Guarantee Scheme Extended

* IRELAND: Grant Thornton Appointed to Review Credit Unions


N E T H E R L A N D S

BUHRS: Administrator Still in Talks With Potential Buyers


R O M A N I A

* ROMANIA: To Get Third IMF Bailout Tranche if Arrears Paid


S L O V A K   R E P U B L I C

* SLOVAKIA: Fitch Says Banks' Profitability Remains Challenged


S P A I N

IM CERES: Fitch Downgrades Rating on Class B Notes to 'BB'


U N I T E D   K I N G D O M

ABBOT GROUP: S&P Keeps 'B-' Long-Term Corporate Credit Rating
BROADGATE FINANCING: Fitch Affirms 'BB' Rating on Class D Notes
COLOURWORLD WINCHESTER: Ceases Trading; Liquidation Likely
EPIC PLC: S&P Affirms 'CCC-' Rating on CreditWatch Negative
INTERNATIONAL CASINO: License Suspension Prompts Liquidation

LIVERPOOL FOOTBALL: China Backs Kenny Huang's Takeover Bid
LLOYDS BANKING: Posts GBP1.6BB Pre-Tax Profit in First Half 2010
MCCORMICK MACNAUGHTON: Finning Buys Assets for GBP3.1 Million
MOUNTGRANGE CAPITAL: Caltongate Plans Collapse
RICHMOND PRINTERS: In Administration; Ceases Trading

ROYAL BANK: Has Deal to Sell 318 Branches to Santander


X X X X X X X X

* EUROPE: Member Clubs Need to Balance Books, UEFA Source Says

* BOOK REVIEW: Beyond the Quick Fix: Managing Five Tracks To




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LINOPAN: Insolvency Proceedings Extended to October 15
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EUWID reports that the insolvency proceedings under Belgian law,
which have been in progress at Linopan since October 15, 2009,
were extended to October 15, 2010.  By that latter date the
restructuring plan submitted by the company together with the
insolvency application must be concluded, the report says.

According to the report, particleboard production had already been
finally closed down in December 2009.  However, the sale of the
associated plant dragged on longer than expected, so that an
extension of the insolvency proceedings became necessary, the
report notes.

Based in Wielsbeke, Belgium, Linopan produces chipboard and
flaxboard for packing, worktops, building and furniture.


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KREMIKOVTZI: Supreme Court Sides With Gov't. on BGN700MM Claim
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Novinite.com reports that the Supreme Administrative Court has
ruled in favor of the Bulgarian government with respect to state
aid recognition claims for bankrupt Kremikovtzi.

According to the report, Bulgaria's Ministry of Economy, Energy,
and Tourism is demanding a total of BGN700 million from the steel
factory.  The sum in total was provided to Kremikovtzi in the form
of canceling debts to state-owned companies as part of a program
for the restructuring and recovery of the mill, the report notes.

The report says as the management of Kremikovtzi failed to execute
the recovery plan, the Bulgarian government is claiming back the
BGN700 million in question.

The ruling of the Supreme Administrative Court has in fact
returned the case to the Sofia City Court, which had ruled against
the claims of the state, the report discloses.

"The Bulgarian state now has once again the chance to become the
largest creditor of the metallurgical plant Kremikovtzi," the
report quoted the Economy Ministry as saying in its statement
Wednesday.

If the BGN700 million in question is not recognized as state aid
as part of the plan for the restructuring and recovery of the
Kremikovtzi steel mill, the Bulgarian government risks being fined
by the European Commission for illegal state aid to a private
company, the report states.

According to the report, the judges from the Sofia City Court are
now obliged to take into account the obligatory directions issued
by the Supreme Administrative Court which say that the Bulgarian
government has the right to claim back the aid it provided to
Kremikovtzi.  If the Bulgarian court recognizes the claims of the
government, Bulgaria will evade an infringement procedure of the
European Commission for illegal state aid to a private company,
the report notes.

                             Auction

As reported by the Troubled Company Reporter-Europe on July 29,
2010, Bloomberg News said Kremikovtzi will auction its assets on
Sept. 13.  Bloomberg disclosed receiver Tsvetan Bankov said the
starting price for the steel mill's Soviet-era plant is set at
BGN565.52 million (US$375 million).  Assets total BGN840 million,
while debt was estimated at BGN1.9 billion, Bloomberg said, citing
a report from the receiver.  Sealed bids, along with 10% deposits,
are invited, according to Bloomberg.  Bloomberg recalled the Sofia
City Court declared Kremikovtzi bankrupt May 31.  The Sofia-based
plant was placed in receivership in 2008 after failing to pay
suppliers and investors holding BGN325 million (US$422 million) of
bonds, Bloomberg disclosed.  Creditors rejected a restructuring
plan in October 2009, opting to be repaid under insolvency laws,
Bloomberg recounted.  Bloomberg noted that of the total
liabilities, 42% are owed to state-run power and gas utilities,
the state railways and tax authorities.

                        About Kremikovtzi

Kremikovtzi AD Sofia -- http://www.kremikovtzi.com/-- is a
Bulgaria-based company principally engaged in the steel industry.
Its production capacity includes a complete steel production
cycle, from ore mining to finished products, such as hot rolled
and cold rolled products (coils, slabs, plates, blooms and
billets), different thickness wire rods and tubes.  The Company's
product range also includes coke and chemical products, flat
products, ferro-alloys and metallurgical lime, and other products.
The Company operates through a number of subsidiaries, including
Ferosplaven zavod EOOD, NLA 2000 EOOD, Kremikovtzi Rudodobiv AD,
Metalresource OOD and others.  The Company is 71%-owned by
Finmetals Holding AD.


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PAINDOR ROUSSEAU: Put Into Liquidation
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Flexnews reports that Paindor Rousseau has been placed under
liquidation.

Citing French media reports, Flexnews relates the company stopped
its business activity in late July.

Flexnews says the company had been put under receivership in
November 2009 after it registered a loss of EUR600,000 mainly due
to the escalating price of its primary raw material flour.

Based in Orleans, Paindor Rousseau is a bakery company.  It
employs 63 people, according to Flexnews.


WORLDSPACE: Onde Numerique Buys Liquidated Assets
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Broadband TV News reports that French pay radio Onde Numerique has
acquired some of the liquidated assets of the Worldspace
organization.

The report relates the company has picked up a number of
regulatory, technological and marketing assets in a move that
received the endorsement of the bankruptcy Court in Toulouse,
France.  It follows the January 2009 liquidation of Worldspace
France and Worldspace Europe, the report notes. According to the
report, the assets include the L-band MusicaA filing (1467-1492
MHz), filed by the French Administration in 2006 with the
International Telecommunication Union (ITU), at the 21 degrees
East orbital location.

The report notes Worldspace filed for bankruptcy in October 2008.
The bulk of its assets were acquired in June 2010 by Yazmi USA, a
company backed by Worldspace founder Noah Samara, the report
recounts.

Worldspace provides digital satellite audio, data and multimedia
services.


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ALLIED IRISH: Posts EUR2.36 Billion Loss in First Half 2010
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Eamon Quinn at The Financial Times reports that Allied Irish Bank
posted a first-half loss of EUR2.36 billion (GBP1.95 billion) and
impairment charge and loan loss provisions of EUR3.26 billion.

According to the FT, analysts said the bank, which incurred a
EUR707 million pre-tax loss in the first half a year ago, will
continue to report loan impairments for some time as it transfers
commercial property loans at large discounts to the government's
National Asset Management Agency and covers losses on other
property and corporate loans that will stay with the bank.

The FT recalls AIB transferred loans of EUR3.3 billion in March
and EUR2.7 billion late last month at average discounts of 42% and
48.5% respectively to Nama.  The asset agency has said it expects
to buy a total of EUR23 billion of property assets from AIB, the
FT notes.

The FT relates AIB said this year it would sell its 70% stake in
Poland's Bank Zachodni WBK, its 22% stake in M&T Bank in the US
and its AIB UK operation to contribute to the EUR7.4 billion in
new capital that Ireland's financial regulator believes the bank
will need by the end of the year.

Allied Irish Banks, p.l.c., together with its subsidiaries --
http://www.aibgroup.com/-- conducts retail and commercial banking
business in Ireland.  It also provides corporate lending and
capital markets activities from its head office at Bankcentre and
from Dublin's International Financial Services Centre.  The Group
also has overseas branches in the United States, Germany, France
and Australia, among other locations.  The business of AIB Group
is conducted through four operating divisions: AIB Bank Republic
of Ireland division, Capital Markets division, AIB Bank UK
division, and Central & Eastern Europe division.  In February
2008, the Group acquired the AmCredit mortgage business in the
Baltic states of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia.  In September
2008, the Group also acquired a 49.99% shareholding in BACB.

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As reported by the Troubled Company Reporter-Europe on July 23,
2010, Moody's Investors Service affirmed AIB's long-term bank
deposit and debt ratings.  These are A1 for long-term bank
deposits and senior debt, A2 for dated subordinated debt, Ba3 for
undated subordinated debt, B1 for cumulative tier 1 securities and
Caa1 for non-cumulative tier 1 securities.  Moody's said the
outlook on these ratings is stable.  AIB's bank financial strength
rating of D, which maps to Ba2 on the long term rating scale, with
a positive outlook was unaffected by the rating action.


ALLIED IRISH: Director Wants Bank Guarantee Scheme Extended
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BreakingNews.ie reports that Allied Irish Bank's managing director
Colm O'Doherty believes the Irish government should extend the
bank guarantee scheme for a further 12 months.

The bank guarantee scheme is up for review in September, the
report says.

According to the report, Mr. O'Doherty believes it should be
lengthened as markets are still "fragile".

Allied Irish Banks, p.l.c., together with its subsidiaries --
http://www.aibgroup.com/-- conducts retail and commercial banking
business in Ireland.  It also provides corporate lending and
capital markets activities from its head office at Bankcentre and
from Dublin's International Financial Services Centre.  The Group
also has overseas branches in the United States, Germany, France
and Australia, among other locations.  The business of AIB Group
is conducted through four operating divisions: AIB Bank Republic
of Ireland division, Capital Markets division, AIB Bank UK
division, and Central & Eastern Europe division.  In February
2008, the Group acquired the AmCredit mortgage business in the
Baltic states of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia.  In September
2008, the Group also acquired a 49.99% shareholding in BACB.

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As reported by the Troubled Company Reporter-Europe on July 23,
2010, Moody's Investors Service affirmed AIB's long-term bank
deposit and debt ratings.  These are A1 for long-term bank
deposits and senior debt, A2 for dated subordinated debt, Ba3 for
undated subordinated debt, B1 for cumulative tier 1 securities and
Caa1 for non-cumulative tier 1 securities.  Moody's said the
outlook on these ratings is stable.  AIB's bank financial strength
rating of D, which maps to Ba2 on the long term rating scale, with
a positive outlook was unaffected by the rating action.


* IRELAND: Grant Thornton Appointed to Review Credit Unions
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InsolvencyJournal.ie reports that the Financial Regulator has
appointed independent consultants to review Ireland's credit
unions in a bid to curtail rising bad debts and mounting losses in
the sector.

The report relates the move comes amid fears about the scale of
bad debt in the sector after it was revealed earlier this year
that a number of credit unions around the State face serious
solvency issues.

The report notes last week, the Central Bank and the regulator
announced the appointment of Grant Thornton to carry out the
large-scale review, which was requested by Minister for Finance,
Brian Lenihan.  The report says the firm will examine the
financial soundness of the State's 419 credit unions and will
focus on the fitness and qualifications of directors and the
limits on commercial or non-consumer lending.


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BUHRS: Administrator Still in Talks With Potential Buyers
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Adam Hooker at PrintWeek reports that the administrator for Buhrs
has said it is still negotiating with several parties over a sale
of the business.

Wladimir Schmidt, representing administrator Tager, told
PrintWeek: "We are still talking to several parties.  We are
working as hard as we possibly can to conclude a deal and we hope
to have it done soon."

PrintWeek relates Buhrs went into administration with the
Waalwijk-based lawyers in June, after its banking provider pulled
the company's credit.

PrintWeek notes Tager's Michel Moeijes, who is handling the
administration, previously said that up to six companies could bid
for the business.

Buhrs is a finishing equipment manufacturer based in the
Netherlands.


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* ROMANIA: To Get Third IMF Bailout Tranche if Arrears Paid
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Irina Savu at Bloomberg News reports that an International
Monetary Fund mission to Romania will recommend releasing the next
tranche of the nation's EUR20 billion (US$26 billion) bailout if
the government settles arrears to private companies.

According to Bloomberg, Jeffrey Franks, head of the IMF mission to
Bucharest, said the government must agree to pay RON2 billion
(US$621 million) to settle the arrears.  Romania has previously
been given waivers over the arrears when earlier installments have
been disbursed, Bloomberg notes.

Bloomberg says the IMF may release an installment of about EUR900
million in September, pending the board's approval, after
Romania's government had a first-half budget deficit of RON18.07
billion (US$5.6 billion), or 3.35% of gross domestic product,
below the RON18.2 billion IMF-imposed target.

Bloomberg notes the eastern European country turned to the IMF,
European Union and other lenders for a bailout last year because
of dwindling revenue and pressure on its currency.


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* SLOVAKIA: Fitch Says Banks' Profitability Remains Challenged
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Fitch Ratings says in a new report that the Slovakian banking
sector faces no major structural imbalances, but profitability is
likely to remain muted over the short- to medium-term.

In particular and in contrast to many other eastern European
banking sectors, the sector benefits from a strong and stable
customer deposit funding base (loan/deposit ratio below 90%),
which helped the system avert a liquidity squeeze and rising
funding costs, and a low proportion of FX lending.  Nevertheless,
over the medium term, Fitch expects the banks' aggregated
profitability to remain below previous highs.  This is due to
anticipated lower loan growth relative to 2006 and 2007, and the
loss of foreign exchange-related income following the euro
adoption in 2009 in Slovakia.  Pressure on the banking sector's
growth and asset quality may also result if Slovakia -- being a
member of the European Monetary Union -- loses its
competitiveness.

In 2010 the Slovak banks are likely to face continued pressure
from rising loan impairment charges, particularly in cyclical
corporate segments, despite a pick-up of the economy.  This may be
mitigated through cost-cutting measures and improvements in
interest margins.  However, Fitch notes significant differences
between individual banks.  Last year, the banks' aggregated profit
more than halved due to rising LICs in a weaker economic
environment, with non-performing loans approaching 6% of total
loans, and a reduction in trading and fee income following the
euro introduction.

Fitch further points out that none of the Slovakian banks has had
to make use of state support measures since the onset of the
global financial crisis.  This underlines the system's solid
customer deposit base and hence low dependence on wholesale
funding, as well as overall adequate capitalization (regulatory
capital adequacy ratio of 12.7% at end-March 2010).  As most of
the Slovakian banks are foreign-owned, mainly by large western
European banking groups, Fitch would expect the banks to first
look to their owners for support in case of need.  The banks'
Support Ratings reflect the agency's view that there is a high
probability of support from their western European parent banks;
their Issuer Default Ratings are based on institutional support.

At end-May 2010, the Banking System Indicator for Slovakia was
'C', indicating that the sector has adequate strength and quality.
As the Slovakian system is at the lower end of the 'C' range, and
in light of persisting pressure on asset quality and hence
profitability, there may be some downward pressure for the BSI
(but not necessarily for individual banks that are performing
relatively well).  At the same time, the BSI is higher than that
of many other eastern European banking systems, indicating lower
risk.

Fitch-rated Slovakian banks are Slovenska Sporitelna ('A'/Stable,
Individual 'C/D'), Volksbank Slovensko a.s. ('BBB+'/Stable,
Individual 'D') and Vseobecna Uverova Banka ('A+'/Stable).


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IM CERES: Fitch Downgrades Rating on Class B Notes to 'BB'
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Fitch Ratings has downgraded IM Ceres 2 Cajamar, F.T.A.'s class B
notes and affirmed the class A notes.  The rating action reflects
a change of the weighted average loan-to-value as reported by
Titulizacion SGFT's (the Gestora) in the investor report.

The rating actions are:

  -- EUR99,926,245.98 class A notes (ISIN: ES0347841001): affirmed
     at 'AA'; Outlook Stable, assigned Loss Severity Rating 'LS-1'

  -- EUR30,050,660.64 class B notes (ISIN: ES0347841019):
     downgraded to 'BB' from 'BBB'; Outlook Stable; assigned Loss
     Severity Rating 'LS-3'

The transaction is a cash-flow securitisation of a static
portfolio of loans to small- and medium-sized Spanish enterprises
granted by Cajamar Caja Rural ('A'/Negative/'F1'), a rural savings
bank.  It contains 1,643 loans to obligors predominantly located
in the region of Andalucia and Murcia (together 99.26%) who are
engaged in farming and agricultural services, and food, beverage
and tobacco production (together 95.78%).  This extreme
concentration exposes the transaction to the risk of systemic
shocks.

The agency reviewed the recovery assumptions for the transaction
following a change of the Gestora's reporting of the weighted
average LTV, which -- as a result of a revised calculation method
-- increased to 61% from 33% in the April investor report.

For the purpose of this review, Fitch received a portfolio with
loan-by-loan information.  Of the portfolio, 80% (by volume) is
secured by first-ranking mortgages, mostly land.  However, only
54% (by volume) of these first-ranking mortgages have been given
an appraisal value.  Based on the appraisal values, the weighted
average current LTV of those loans is 45%.  For loans that have
not been appraised, the agency assumed an average LTV of 70%,
provided the mortgages are of first rank.  The agency is of the
opinion that, based on these assumptions and a portfolio benchmark
of 'B+', the credit enhancement of the class A notes is
commensurate with an 'AA' rating and that the CE of the class B
notes is commensurate with a 'BB' rating.  In addition, given the
uncertainty regarding the LTV for a great part of the portfolio
and the class B note's vulnerability to shocks in the agricultural
sector in Almeria and Murcia, the current credit enhancement of
the class B notes is not commensurate with the previous rating.

As of June 2010, the transaction's performance is currently stable
with delinquencies above 90 days at 1.3% of the outstanding
portfolio balance.  In the last quarter, new defaults were limited
(EUR0.351 million).  The reserve fund has amortized to its
required level of EUR13.16 million and has never been used to
cover defaults.  Currently, the reserve fund makes up 9.87% of the
outstanding balance which is sufficient to cover the five largest
obligors even in the event of little or no recoveries.  The
portfolio has amortized to 32.5% of its original balance, or
EUR129.98 million.

Unlike some other Spanish SME CDO transactions, this deal does not
benefit from a guarantee from the Kingdom of Spain.

Fitch has assigned an Issuer Report Grade of three stars
("satisfactory") to the publicly available reports on the
transaction.  The reporting is monthly and provides a variety of
stratifications together with graphical presentations, including
regional, industrial and borrower stratifications.  The reporting
of the weighted average LTV has now been amended.  However, the
structural test for the interest deferral mechanism is not
provided.  Furthermore, the information has to be gathered from
several sources (pdf-files, Excel-files and the Gestora's
webpage).


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ABBOT GROUP: S&P Keeps 'B-' Long-Term Corporate Credit Rating
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Standard & Poor's Ratings Services said that it is keeping its
'B-' long-term corporate credit ratings on U.K.-based oil services
company Abbot Group Ltd. (intermediate holding company and owner
of KCA Deutag Drilling Group Ltd.) and related entity Turbo Alpha
Ltd. on CreditWatch, where they were placed with negative
implications on Nov. 16, 2009, on concerns about ongoing covenant
compliance.  The 'B-' issue ratings on Turbo Alpha's senior
secured bank facilities also remain on CreditWatch negative.  The
recovery ratings of '3' on these facilities are unchanged.

At the same time, S&P assigned a 'CCC' issue rating to Abbot
Group's proposed US$500 million senior unsecured notes due August
2018, to be issued by Turbo Beta PLC.  The recovery rating on this
instrument is '6', indicating S&P's expectation of negligible (0%-
10%) recovery prospects in the event of a payment default.

"Abbot Group announced on July 26, 2010, that it is launching a
US$500 million high-yield bond issue, which together with a
US$103 million equity injection by its main shareholder, will be
used to refinance the outstanding mezzanine facilities and pay
related fees," said Standard & Poor's credit analyst Paul Watters.
"If successful, this will enable the group's senior covenant
amendment agreement to come into effect.  The ongoing CreditWatch
placement reflects S&P's view that Abbot Group's liquidity
position remains unstable and covenant risk remains high until the
amendment agreement becomes effective."

In S&P's view, in the event that the amendment agreement is
implemented prior to August 15, this would stabilize the liquidity
position of Abbot Group and would most likely result in the rating
being removed from CreditWatch and a stable outlook assigned.

The rating on Abbot Group factors in S&P's assessment of the weak
business risk profile of the group arising from the demonstrated
cyclicality of the drilling and oil services industry.  However,
S&P notes that Abbot Group enjoys a stronger position relative to
drilling contractors with North American exposure owing to the
nature of its markets and contracts focused on the Eastern
Hemisphere.

The rating also takes into account S&P's view that the financial
risk profile of the group will remain highly leveraged, even after
the US$303 million equity injection from the shareholders.

S&P aims to review the CreditWatch placement by Aug. 15, 2010, or
when the final outcome of the covenant amendment process becomes
clear.  Should the amendment agreement become binding, S&P would
likely remove the ratings from CreditWatch and assign a stable
outlook.  Completing the sale of the US$500 million senior
unsecured notes, which, together with a US$103 million equity
injection by Abbot Group's main shareholder, will be used to
refinance the outstanding mezzanine facilities, would be one way
of achieving this outcome.  However, if, at this late stage,
conditions precedent to making the amendment effective are not
achieved prior to August 15, a multi-notch downgrade would likely
result.


BROADGATE FINANCING: Fitch Affirms 'BB' Rating on Class D Notes
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Fitch Ratings has affirmed Broadgate Financing PLC's CMBS notes.
Fitch has simultaneously revised the Outlooks of the class C1, C2
and D notes to Stable from Negative.  The rating actions are:

  -- GBP225.0m class A1 due January 2032 (XS0213092066) affirmed
     at 'AAA'; Outlook Stable

  -- GBP277.0m class A2 due April 2031 (XS0211897664) affirmed at
     'AAA'; Outlook Stable

  -- GBP175.0m class A3 due April 2033 (XS0211897821) affirmed at
     'AAA'; Outlook Stable

  -- GBP400.0m class A4 due July 2036 (XS0213092652) affirmed at
     'AAA'; Outlook Stable

  -- GBP365.0m class B due October 2033 (XS0211898043) affirmed at
     'AA'; Outlook Stable

  -- GBP186.0m class C1 due January 2022 (XS0213093031) affirmed
     at 'BBB-'; Outlook revised to Stable from Negative

  -- GBP215.0m class C2 due April 2035 (XS0211898126) affirmed at
     'BBB-'; Outlook revised to Stable from Negative

  -- GBP84.8m class D due October 2025 (XS0213093627) affirmed at
     'BB'; Outlook revised to Stable from Negative

The rating affirmation and revision of the Outlooks reflects a
substitution of assets within the transaction that was completed
on July 30, 2010, by Bluebutton Properties (the 50:50 joint
venture between British Land and Blackstone funds).  This resulted
in 3, 4 and 6 Broadgate, including the associated Henderson and
AMBAC cash surrender collateral equating to GBP11 million and the
GBP215 million Willis Building cash deposit being removed from the
securitization, while 201 Bishopsgate and Broadgate Tower were
added into the collateral portfolio.

The total value of the assets added to the transaction is
GBP565 million, compared to GBP336 million for those that were
removed, based on a March 2010 valuation.  This has resulted in an
aggregate market value of GBP2,373 million and a reported loan-to-
value ratio of 80.6%.  By comparison, Fitch estimates the market
value of the assets to be GBP2,351 million, which produces a Fitch
LTV of 81.3%.

The removal of 3, 4 and 6 Broadgate from the securitization is a
result of an agreement to develop a new 700,000 sq ft building for
UBS on the site of those assets.  The agreement has resulted in
certain lease extensions to UBS's currently occupied space.

Fitch considers the new assets, 201 Bishopsgate and Broadgate
Tower, to be of grade A quality, with a significantly more
attractive offering than the assets they have replaced.  They are
currently 97% and 73% let by ERV, respectively.  The
attractiveness of the assets is highlighted by recent lettings to
major international law firms and financial institutions: Mayer
Brown, Reed Smith LLP, Henderson, Landesbank Baden-Wurttemburg and
most recently the Bank of Nova Scotia.

The replacement of assets exhibiting significant vacancy and
requiring refurbishment with new assets that have seen recent
lettings has greatly strengthened the transaction cashflow and
allayed concerns of an income shortfall in the short- to medium-
term.  Moreover, the Willis cash deposit, which would have been
depleted over the life of the deal, has been replaced by cashflow
producing assets that will have significant residual value at
maturity.

Following the substitution, the debt service coverage ratio has
risen to 1.2x, while the weighted average terms to lease break and
expiry are 8.9 and 10.8 years, respectively, compared to 7.8 and
9.9 years before the substitution.  Excluding the Willis cash
deposit, the WA lease length to first break has been extended by
1.9 years.


COLOURWORLD WINCHESTER: Ceases Trading; Liquidation Likely
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Adam Hooker at PrintWeek reports that Colourworld Winchester,
which traded as Colourworld Print Solutions, has closed its doors
after Lloyds Banking Group withdrew finance from the company on
July 30.

According to the report, a spokesman at insolvency practitioner
Begbies Traynor said the company has now ceased trading.  It is
understood that more than 40 staff have lost their jobs following
the closure, the report notes.

Begbies is expected to be appointed as liquidator imminently, the
report notes.

The report relates Begbies said Colourworld Winchester's
administration follows a reduction in the company's turnover,
stemming from the recession, as well as a tightening of credit
terms.

Colourworld Winchester is a commercial printer based in
Winchester.  It made a turnover of GBP3.5 million for the year
ended March 2010, according to PrintWeek.


EPIC PLC: S&P Affirms 'CCC-' Rating on CreditWatch Negative
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Standard & Poor's Ratings Services affirmed and removed from
CreditWatch negative its 'CCC-' ratings on all classes of Epic
(Industrious) PLC's notes.

Epic (Industrious) is a synthetic CMBS transaction that closed in
October 2006.  It was arranged by The Royal Bank of Scotland PLC
(RBS), which is the credit default swap counterparty, the
servicer, and the special servicer.  The notes were initially
backed by one loan secured on industrial properties in the U.K.

In 2008, a property valuation (which resulted in a 90.7% loan-to-
value ratio for the securitized portion, compared with the LTV
covenant of 75.0%) triggered a loan default.  Thereafter, the
borrower and its parent company entered insolvency proceedings,
thereby triggering a credit event under the CDS.

Between July and October 2009, all real estate assets securing the
loan were sold, through a property auction or portfolio sale, for
sales proceeds of approximately GBP263 million.  The interest rate
swap was closed out due to the insolvency event, and the borrower
paid breakage fees in an amount of GBP33.8 million.  This resulted
in net recoveries that were lower than the class A note balance.

S&P's ratings transitioned in parallel with these events and S&P
lowered them to 'CCC-' in August 2009 to reflect S&P's expectation
of principal losses on all classes of notes.  S&P also placed the
ratings on CreditWatch negative because S&P expected the loss to
be applied to the notes within a short period of time.

The transaction is structured to provide the originator (RBS) with
protection against loan losses through protection payments under
the CDS and a corresponding allocation of the loan losses to the
notes.  The transaction documents envisage that on the occurrence
of a credit event, the calculation agent (RBS) will calculate the
losses and appoint a verification agent to verify them.  The
issuer will then apply those losses to the notes in reverse
sequential order by reimbursing RBS for the verified losses, using
the note collateral, and applying the remaining collateral to
repay the notes, starting with the class A notes.

Since August 2009, according to investor reports, interest has
continued to be paid to the notes on a timely basis.  However, as
confirmed by a notice issued by Epic (Industrious) on Aug. 3, the
loss calculation process described above has not commenced and the
verification agent has not been appointed.  S&P continue to
anticipate principal losses on all classes of notes and have
therefore affirmed S&P's 'CCC-' ratings.

CreditWatch placements focus on identifiable events and short-term
trends, and, in the absence of any visibility as to the timing of
completion of the loss allocation process, S&P considers that a
CreditWatch placement is no longer applicable.

S&P notes that all classes of notes continue to receive full and
timely interest payments.  This is a characteristic of most
synthetic CMBS transactions, where the note interest payments do
not directly depend on the income from the underlying reference
loan or loans.  Instead, the issuer uses funds generated by the
note collateral and regular payments made by the CDS counterparty
to make interest payments on the notes.  Although this ensures
timely interest payments even on the most junior classes of notes
during an extended workout period, it can have a detrimental
effect on the senior classes because the interest payments
ultimately reduce the recovery amount.

                           Ratings List

                      Epic (Industrious) PLC
   GBP490 Million Commercial Mortgage-Backed Floating-Rate Notes

      Ratings Removed From CreditWatch Negative And Affirmed

            Class      To               From
            -----      --               ----
            A          CCC-             CCC-/Watch Neg
            B          CCC-             CCC-/Watch Neg
            C          CCC-             CCC-/Watch Neg
            D          CCC-             CCC-/Watch Neg
            E          CCC-             CCC-/Watch Neg
            F          CCC-             CCC-/Watch Neg


INTERNATIONAL CASINO: License Suspension Prompts Liquidation
------------------------------------------------------------
Casino City Times, citing The Evening Express, reports that
Aberdeen's International Casino has gone into liquidation after
its license was suspended.

According to Casino City Times, the report said the casino had its
license suspended by the Aberdeen licensing board.  Casino City
Times relates the owners, International Development Company, said
they faced no choice but to go into liquidation.


LIVERPOOL FOOTBALL: China Backs Kenny Huang's Takeover Bid
----------------------------------------------------------
Mail Online reports that the Chinese government's overseas
investment arm China Investment Corporation is financing sports
tycoon Kenny Huang's attempt to take over the Liverpool Football
Club.

The report says it means China could effectively have control over
Liverpool if the bid, which values the club at between GBP300
million and GBP350 million, is successful.

The report notes American owners, Tom Hicks and George Gillett,
were forced to put the club up for sale in April after coming
under pressure for owing its lender, Royal Bank of Scotland,
GBP237 million.

According to the report, the CIC-backed bid puts the Chinese in
competition with at least two other suitors -- American private
equity firm Rhone Capital and a wealthy Kuwaiti family.  The
winning bid will have to be approved by the Premier League, which
is believed to have been in discussions with all three bidders,
the report discloses.

If the China-backed bid is successful, Liverpool manager Roy
Hodgson would be given a transfer fund of around GBP150 million to
spend on a clutch of high-profile players, the report notes.

Liverpool Football Club and Athletic Grounds owns and operates one
of the more popular and most successful franchises in the UK
Premier League.  Known as The Reds, Liverpool has won 18 first
division titles and seven FA Cups since it was founded by John
Houlding in 1892.  In addition to the football club, the company
owns and operates Anfield Stadium, Liverpool's home ground.  The
company generates revenue primarily through sponsorships,
broadcasting fees, and ticket sales.  The company was acquired by
US businessmen George Gillett and Tom Hicks in 2007.


LLOYDS BANKING: Posts GBP1.6BB Pre-Tax Profit in First Half 2010
----------------------------------------------------------------
Sharlene Goff and Patrick Jenkins at The Financial Times report
that Lloyds Banking Group made an underlying pre-tax profit of
GBP1.6 billion for the first half following a sharp fall in bad
debts and a rise in the profitability of its mortgage lending.  A
year ago Lloyds made GBP4 billion of pre-tax losses, the FT notes.

According to the FT, a big factor in the first-half rebound, the
first profit since Lloyds made its controversial acquisition of
HBOS, was a fall in losses on loans to GBP6.55 billion from
GBP13.4 billion a year earlier.

The bank also enjoyed higher profits on mortgage lending as it
charged wider margins on new loans and funding costs fell, the FT
notes.

                  About Lloyds Banking Group PLC

Lloyds Banking Group PLC, formerly Lloyds TSB Group plc,
(LON:LLOY) -- http://www.lloydsbankinggroup.com/-- is a United
Kingdom-based financial services group providing a range of
banking and financial services, primarily in the United Kingdom,
to personal and corporate customers.  The Company operates in
three divisions: UK Retail Banking, Insurance and Investments, and
Wholesale and International Banking.  Its main business activities
are retail, commercial and corporate banking, general insurance,
and life, pensions and investment provision.  The Company also
operates an international banking business with a global footprint
in 40 countries.  Services are offered through a number of brands,
including Lloyds TSB, Halifax, Bank of Scotland, Scottish Widows,
Clerical Medical and Cheltenham & Gloucester.  On January 16,
2009, Lloyds Banking Group plc acquired HBOS plc.

                           *     *     *

As reported by the Troubled Company Reporter-Europe on March 17,
2010, Standard & Poor's Ratings Services said that it lowered its
rating on a GBP56.472 million 6.475% preference share issue by
Lloyds Banking Group (A/Stable/A-1) to 'C' from 'CC' following the
first missed coupon payment.  The rating action was the
first of S&P's forthcoming rating actions on over 40 hybrid
instruments issued by Lloyds and related entities with
discretionary coupon payments.  According to S&P, each security
would be lowered to 'C' from 'CC' on the date of the first coupon
payment to be missed.


MCCORMICK MACNAUGHTON: Finning Buys Assets for GBP3.1 Million
-------------------------------------------------------------
BBC News reports that Finning International, the largest supplier
of Caterpillar machinery in the world, has bought the assets of
McCormick MacNaughton for GBP3.1 million, saving more than 50 jobs
in Lisburn.

Finning, BBC says, will take over from McCormick MacNaughton as
the official supplier of Caterpillar equipment in Northern
Ireland.

BBC notes McCormick MacNaughton went into administration in June
after suffering financial difficulties.

As reported by the Troubled Company Reporter-Europe on June 17,
2010, Belfast Telegraph said difficulties in the company developed
after a major expansion in the Republic of Ireland shortly before
the massive downturn in construction.  Belfast Telegraph disclosed
the company's directors appointed PricewaterhouseCoopers as
administrator.

McCormick MacNaughton sells construction and marine equipment.  It
is based at Blaris Industrial Estate.


MOUNTGRANGE CAPITAL: Caltongate Plans Collapse
----------------------------------------------
BBC News reports that Caltogate, the biggest development project
in Edinburgh in a decade, has collapsed.

The report notes the GBP300 million Caltongate plans were put on
hold last year when the firm behind it, Mountgrange, went into
administration after the Bank of Scotland pulled out its financial
support.

According to the report, the city council has said it is
withdrawing its assets because the new owner, Lloyds Banking
Group, has been involved in "protracted negotiations" which were
"unlikely to be successful".

"The council has worked for some time with the bank's
administrator in order to assist it in realizing the potential of
the site, but it is now apparent that the proposed development
will not go ahead," the report quoted Councilor Tom Buchanan as
saying.  "As a result, we feel it is in the council's best
interest to draw a line under this matter and exercise our right
to formally terminate the sale agreement."

The report relates the council has withdrawn its properties on the
site -- the old Canongate School, the garage and arches on East
Market Street and land off Cranston Street -- after Mountgrange
failed to "obtain the other necessary consents".

Mountgrange Capital plc was a privately owned property investment
and development company.


RICHMOND PRINTERS: In Administration; Ceases Trading
----------------------------------------------------
Adam Hooker at PrintWeek reports that Richmond Printers, which
traded as Richmond Cavendish, has ceased trading after going into
administration this week.

The report relates Geoff Bouchier and Andrew Stoneman of
insolvency practitioner MCR were appointed on Monday, August 2.

Citing MCR's Kevin Buckett, the report says prior to the closure
the practitioner investigated the possibility of a going concern
sale but found that there was not much to market.  The report
notes Mr. Buckett said that the company had found life very
difficult after the closure of its sister company Cavendish Press
because a lot of suppliers treated them as one company and had
refused to deal with Richmond Cavendish.

Richmond Printers is a commercial printer based in Leicester.


ROYAL BANK: Has Deal to Sell 318 Branches to Santander
------------------------------------------------------
BreakingNews.ie reports that Royal Bank of Scotland has reached a
deal to sell 318 branches to Spanish banking giant Santander.

The report says the sale comprises 311 RBS-branded branches in
England and Wales and seven NatWest sites in Scotland.

RBS -- 83% owned by the government -- is disposing of the assets
in order to appease European competition concerns, the report
notes.

According to the report, the sale, which will take up to 18 months
to complete, will see Santander pay a premium of GBP350 million
(EUR421 million) on the value of the assets.

                            About RBS

The Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc (NYSE:RBS) --
http://www.rbs.com/-- is a holding company of The Royal Bank of
Scotland plc (Royal Bank) and National Westminster Bank Plc
(NatWest), which are United Kingdom-based clearing banks.  The
company's activities are organized in six business divisions:
Corporate Markets (comprising Global Banking and Markets and
United Kingdom Corporate Banking), Retail Markets (comprising
Retail and Wealth Management), Ulster Bank, Citizens, RBS
Insurance and Manufacturing.  On October 17, 2007, RFS Holdings
B.V. (RFS Holdings), a company jointly owned by RBS, Fortis N.V.,
Fortis SA/NV and Banco Santander S.A. (the Consortium Banks) and
controlled by RBS, completed the acquisition of ABN AMRO Holding
N.V. (ABN AMRO).  In July 2008, the company disposed of its entire
interest in Global Voice Group Ltd.

                           *     *     *

As reported by the Troubled Company Reporter-Europe on March 29,
2010, Standard & Poor's Ratings Services said that it lowered its
ratings on "may pay" Tier 1 securities issued or guaranteed by The
Royal Bank of Scotland Group PLC (A/Stable/A-1) to 'C' from 'CC'.
At the same time, the rating on the RBSG-related security issued
by Argon Capital PLC was similarly lowered to 'C' from 'CC'.  The
counterparty credit ratings and stand-alone credit profiles of
RBSG and subsidiaries, and the ratings on other debt securities
issued by these entities, were unaffected.


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* EUROPE: Member Clubs Need to Balance Books, UEFA Source Says
--------------------------------------------------------------
Goal.com reports that a source close to the Union of European
Football Associations warned that member clubs face the risk of
being banned from continental competition unless their books are
balanced before president Michel Platini's new "Financial Fair
Play" proposals are introduced by 2012.

It is the duty of each national association and not UEFA to ensure
clubs are fit to compete in UEFA competition, the report says.

According to the report, there are a number of conditions to which
clubs must adhere in the application process.  The report notes
the source explained: "There is a licensing committee in each
country.  The clubs that technically qualify are sent out forms
and they have to fill those in.  The licensing committee has to
look at the financial situation. Those are the standards we set.
When the licensing comes around, provided they [the clubs] meet
certain criteria, and provided their financial situation is OK and
their manager has UEFA badges, they can see everything they have
to have in place.  They have the books [of regulations].  Once
they have that, they can be given the license from the
association. The association then notifies UEFA."


* BOOK REVIEW: Beyond the Quick Fix: Managing Five Tracks To
              Organizational Success
------------------------------------------------------------
Author: Ralph H. Kilmann
Publisher: Beard Books
Hardcover: 320 pages
Listprice: US$34.95
Review by Henry Berry

Every few years, a new approach is offered for unleashing the full
potential of organized efforts.  These are the quick fixes to
which the title of this book refers.  The jargon of the quick fix
is familiar to any businessperson: decentralization, human
resources, restructuring, mission statement, corporate strategy,
corporate culture, and so on.  These terms are all limited in
scope or objective, and some are even irrelevant or misconceived
with regard to the overall well-being and purpose of a
corporation.

With his extensive experience as a corporate consultant, author of
numerous articles, and professor in business studies, Kilmann
recognizes that each new idea for optimum performance and results
is germane to some area of a corporation.  However, he also
recognizes that each new idea inevitably falls short in bringing
positive change -- that is, a change that is spread throughout the
corporation and is lasting.  At best, when a corporation relies on
an alluring, and sometimes little more than fashionable, idea, it
is a wasteful distraction.  At worst, it can skew a corporate
organization and its operations, thereby allowing the
corporation's true problems or weaknesses to grow until they
become  ruinous.  As the author puts it, "Essentially, it is not
the single approach of culture, strategy, or restructuring that is
inherently ineffective. Rather, each is ineffective only if it is
applied by itself -- as a "quick fix"."

Kilmann tells corporate leaders how to break the cycle of
embracing a quick fix, discarding it after it proves ineffective,
and then turning to a newer and ostensibly better quick fix that
soon proves to be equally ineffective.  For a corporation to break
this self-defeating cycle, the author offers a five-track program.
The five tracks, or elements, of this program are corporate
culture, management skills, team-building, strategy-structure, and
reward system. These elements are interrelated.  The virtue of
Kilmann's multidimensional five-track program is that it addresses
a corporation in its entirety, not simply parts of it.

Kilmann's five tracks offer structural and operational aspects of
a corporation that executives and managers will find familiar in
their day-to-day leadership and strategic thinking.  Thus, the
author does not introduce any unfamiliar or radical perspectives
or ideas, but rather advises readers on how to get all parts of a
corporation involved in productive change by integrating the five
tracks into "a carefully designed sequence of action: one by one,
each track sets the stage for the next track."  Kilmann does more,
though, than bring all significant features of a modern
corporation together in a five-track program and demonstrate the
interrelation of its elements.  His singularly pertinent and
useful contribution is providing a sequence of steps to be
implemented with respect to each track so that a corporation
progresses toward its goals in an integrated way.

Beyond the Quick Fix is a manual for implementing and evaluating
the progress of a five-track program for corporate success.  The
book should be read by any corporate leader desiring to bring
change to his or her organization.

Ralph H. Kilmann has been connected with the University of
Pittsburgh for 30 years.  For a time, he was its George H. Love
Professor of Organization and Management at its Katz Graduate
School of Business.  Additionally, he is president of a firm
specializing in quantum transformations.


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Monday's edition of the TCR delivers a list of indicative prices
for bond issues that reportedly trade well below par.  Prices are
obtained by TCR editors from a variety of outside sources during
the prior week we think are reliable.  Those sources may not,
however, be complete or accurate.  The Monday Bond Pricing table
is compiled on the Friday prior to publication.  Prices reported
are not intended to reflect actual trades.  Prices for actual
trades are probably different.  Our objective is to share
information, not make markets in publicly traded securities.
Nothing in the TCR constitutes an offer or solicitation to buy or
sell any security of any kind.  It is likely that some entity
affiliated with a TCR editor holds some position in the issuers'
public debt and equity securities about which we report.

Each Tuesday edition of the TCR contains a list of companies with
insolvent balance sheets whose shares trade higher than US$3 per
share in public markets.  At first glance, this list may look like
the definitive compilation of stocks that are ideal to sell short.
Don't be fooled.  Assets, for example, reported at historical cost
net of depreciation may understate the true value of a firm's
assets.  A company may establish reserves on its balance sheet for
liabilities that may never materialize.  The prices at which
equity securities trade in public market are determined by more
than a balance sheet solvency test.

A list of Meetings, Conferences and Seminars appears in each
Thursday's edition of the TCR. Submissions about insolvency-
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Each Friday's edition of the TCR includes a review about a book of
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