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  1. July 31, 2013

    BNP Paribas takes on Germany’s banks

    BNP Paribas aims to go head to head with Germany’s big banks by courting the country’s export-focused Mittelstand companies,...

  2. February 26, 2013

    Italian vote sparks unease in eurozone

    The stalemate in the Italian elections was greeted with a mixture of shock and grim determination in European capitals on...

  1. February 14, 2013

    BNP cuts costs to fund Asian expansion

    BNP Paribas unveiled a cost-cutting and Asian expansion programme as it reported an 8 per cent rise in 2012 net profits, but...

  2. September 9, 2012

    BNP’s Italian arm to fund its own debt

    BNP Paribas is poised to start issuing bonds through its Italian subsidiary rather than fund it from parent-company...

  3. July 2, 2012

    French banks: exit risks

    It’s not just bankers being beheaded these days. Processes and structures are for the chop, too. Marcus Agius, Barclays...

  4. February 13, 2012

    Italian banks: size matters

    Undercapitalised, underperforming and unwanted. It is time that Italy’s smaller banks found strong partners. Such deals are...

  5. February 7, 2012

    Berlusconi faces another court case

    Silvio Berlusconi is poised to stand trial in a fourth case in Milan, this time related to scandal-tainted bank and...

  6. November 3, 2011

    BNP Paribas pays for eurozone exposure

    BNP Paribas, the bank most exposed to eurozone sovereign debt, has sold off €11bn of Italian, Spanish and Irish government...

  7. September 21, 2011

    S&P downgrades seven Italian banks

    S&P has cut the long-term credit ratings of some of Italy’s leading banks, including Intesa Sanpaolo and Mediobanca, in line...

  8. July 13, 2011

    French banks in Italy

    The European Union’s annual bank stress test results are due on Friday. But investors are rightly sceptical about the value...

  9. February 17, 2010

    BNP Paribas

    Although the financial crisis hit Anglo-Saxon banks hardest, France’s universal banks suffered from the fallout. In 2008...

  10. August 5, 2009

    BNP raises Italian profile with Findomestic deal

    BNP Paribas yesterday extended its reach outside France when it agreed to take full ownership of Italy's second-largest...

  11. August 4, 2009

    BNP extends reach outside France

    BNP Paribas on Tuesday extended its reach outside France when it agreed to take full ownership of Italy’s second-largest...

  12. June 8, 2007

    Italy fends off assault by foreign invaders

    UniCredit's pending acquisition of Capitalia, its smaller domestic rival, underlines that foreign banks' efforts to build a...

  13. June 8, 2007

    Spanish still held at bay

    Spain's Santander has tried several different routes into the Italian banking market, all of which have ended without...

  14. June 6, 2007

    Senate vote to test Prodi again

    The survival of Italy's ruling centre-left coalition rests on a parliamentary vote today triggered by opposition...

  15. June 1, 2007

    Background

    Mario Draghi, 59, was appointed Bank of Italy governor in December 2005 with a mission to clean up Italy's image after...

  16. May 31, 2007

    Out with the new and in with the old in Rome

    Italy's corporate and financial establishment gathers in Rome today to pay tribute to the country's central bank governor...

  17. May 30, 2007

    Out with the new and in with the old in Rome

    Italy’s corporate and financial establishment gathers in Rome Thursday to pay tribute to the country’s central bank governor...

  18. FT Alphaville

    May 21, 2007

    The Real Deal: Beware frenetic corporate activity

    If it is true that those who fail to learn the lessons of history are doomed to repeat them, then investment bankers should...

  19. May 21, 2007

    The Real Deal

    If it is true that those who fail to learn the lessons of history are doomed to repeat them, then investment bankers should...

  20. May 20, 2007

    Beware frenetic corporate activity

    If it is true that those who fail to learn the lessons of history are doomed to repeat them, then investment bankers should...

  21. April 18, 2007

    A novice player in power games

    ABN exhausted enormous amounts of energy in building a presence in Italy, principally by battling domestic investors for...

  22. April 1, 2007

    Cross-border banks require a single regulator

    One of my most reliable sources in Brussels warned me some time ago that banking supervision is going to be the next...

  23. February 26, 2007

    Pernicious pacts

    An uneasy peace has broken out at Capitalia, the Italian bank where chairman Cesare Geronzi has been trying to oust Matteo...

  24. February 16, 2007

    Profitsat BNP Paribas rise 25%

    Baudouin Prot, BNP Paribas chief executive, yesterday hit back at criticism of big company profits from French leftwing...

  25. February 7, 2007

    Santander plays a new hand of bridge in Italy

    Italy has proved an elusive and disappointing market for Spain's corporate conquistadors. Rome blocked the Abertis bid to...

  26. February 6, 2007

    Santander plays a new hand of bridge in Italy

    Italy has proved an elusive and disappointing market for Spain’s corporate conquistadors. Rome blocked the Abertis bid to...

  27. February 5, 2007

    BBVA sets its sights on growth in US

    BBVA is planning further expansion in the US as Spain's second-largest bank seeks to broaden its geographical reach beyond...

  28. February 4, 2007

    BBVA to expand further in the US

    BBVA is planning further expansion in the US as Spain’s second-biggest bank seeks to broaden its geographical reach beyond...

  29. December 28, 2006

    Spanish expose the chinks in Italian armour

    Spanish companies looking to break into the Italian market have had little to celebrate in 2006. Santander, the country's...

  30. December 12, 2006

    Italian banks

    The two banks at the dark heart of Italy's scandal last year are finally exceeding expectations. Last week France's BNP...

  31. December 11, 2006

    Italian banking

    The two banks at the dark heart of Italy’s scandal last year are finally exceeding expectations. On December 1 France’s BNP...

  32. December 1, 2006

    Eyes on the prize

    Geraldine Ferraro said she had not yet met Ségolène Royal, a female political pioneer of a newer generation. But if the...

  33. November 27, 2006

    BBVA

    There is a certain cheek about Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria’s announcement on Monday of a €3bn capital increase. Only...

  34. November 23, 2006

    Parmalat lifts settlement hopes

    Parmalat yesterday raised hopes for a settlement of its $10bn damages claims against former auditors and bankers, reporting...

  35. November 17, 2006

    Foreign expansion sees BNP Paribas profits leap

    BNP Paribas, the French bank, yesterday reported a 25 per cent jump in quarterly revenues and profits as gains from a...

  36. November 16, 2006

    Italian acquisition boosts BNP Paribas

    Baidoin Prot, chief executive of BNP Paribas on Thursday told the Financial Times the French bank was making up for its...

  37. October 25, 2006

    Asset sales boost BBVA net profit

    Spanish bank BBVA posted a 63.4 per cent jump in nine-month net profit on Wednesday, in line with analysts’ forecasts and...

  38. October 17, 2006

    Italian banks agree €8.2bn deal

    The Italian banking sector was back in the spotlight yesterday as Banca Popolare Italiana agreed to merge with bigger rival...

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