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    1. February 16, 2015

      European banks: dividend and rule

      Peer pressure can be a terrible thing. The forced smile as you watch a film you hate, or visit a restaurant you can barely...

    2. February 10, 2015

      Rosneft chief Igor Sechin says $7bn debt repayment will be met

      Rosneft’s chief executive has sought to allay investor fears that the Russian state-owned oil producer might default on its...

    1. January 22, 2015

      Italy’s popolari banks: courting

      Genuine change or a cruel exercise in raising hopes, only to dash them? The former, scream shares in Italy’s popolari banks....

    2. January 22, 2015

      Intesa considers float of private banking arm

      Intesa Sanpaolo is considering a flotation of its private banking arm to help the Italian bank expand by acquiring an...

    3. January 20, 2015

      Italian cabinet approves bank reform bill

      Italy’s midsized popolari banks would be transformed into joint stock companies over the next 18 months under a bill...

    4. January 19, 2015

      Which of  Europe’s leading lenders will reap the QE dividend?

      More than SFr20bn ($22.8bn) was wiped off the market value of the top three Swiss banks — UBS, Credit Suisse and Julius Baer...

    5. December 10, 2014

      Hungary cannot bank on state ownership

      The long saga of the Hungarian government’s battle with the country’s banks is entering its final act — and may end in a...

    6. November 23, 2014

      Intesa sets sights on UK with possible bid for Coutts

      Intesa Sanpaolo, Italy’s leading domestic lender, is considering a bid for Coutts, the wealth management arm of Royal Bank...

    7. November 11, 2014

      UniCredit and Intesa see mixed results

      UniCredit and Intesa Sanpaolo, Italy’s two largest banks by assets, reported mixed third-quarter results, providing some...

    8. October 27, 2014

      Italy rules out public money for banks that failed stress tests

      Matteo Renzi, the Italian prime minister, defended his country’s banking system after it emerged with the greatest...

    9. October 26, 2014

      MPS vulnerability exposed by ECB

      Italian central bank officials did their best to cast a positive spin on the results of the European Central Bank’s stress...

    10. October 20, 2014

      Banks must cut costs but remember what their customers want

      When Coutts decided late last year to stop giving leather-bound diaries to all its customers, there was uproar among its...

    11. October 15, 2014

      UniCredit turning to private equity to enable loan detox regime

      The trickle of toxic debt being sold by Italian banks is turning into a torrent as UniCredit prepares to announce the...

    12. October 13, 2014

      Health checks heighten rationale for Italy bank takeovers

      Italy’s investment bankers are agog. In a country still racked by economic weakness and stubborn structural rigidities,...

    13. August 10, 2014

      Italian banks: time to combine

      Like Godot, the Italian economic recovery is conspicuous by its absence. Last week’s second quarter data showed that the...

    14. July 17, 2014

      Massimo Zanetti Beverage appoints banks for Milan listing

      The Italian coffee producer behind global brands Segafredo Zanetti and Chock full o’ Nuts has appointed banks ahead of an...

    15. June 16, 2014

      Mediobanca and Intesa quit Telecom Italia shareholder group

      Mediobanca and Intesa Sanpaolo have become the latest members of the dominant shareholder group in Telecom Italia to...

    16. FT Alphaville

      April 22, 2014

      The 6am London Cut

      Markets: Asian markets were quiet, mirroring a subdued session on Wall Street. (FT’s Global Market Overview) A Chinese court...

    17. April 21, 2014

      Italian banks look to private equity firm for bad loans vehicle

      Italy’s two biggest banks are teaming up with a US private equity house and a restructuring adviser to pool some of their...

    18. April 4, 2014

      Etihad expected to seek Alitalia stake

      Etihad is expected to make an offer to buy almost half of Italian airline Alitalia as soon as this weekend, underscoring the...

    19. April 2, 2014

      Intesa in talks to sell ‘bad bank’ loans

      Intesa Sanpaolo’s chief executive says he is in talks with the world’s leading distressed debt investors to sell them some...

    20. March 31, 2014

      Italian banks: recovery story

      Coincidence? Perhaps. But within a three-week period – and just as hopes about Italy’s chances of economic recovery blossom...

    21. March 28, 2014

      Investors cheer Intesa writedowns in rush to Europe’s periphery

      Investors are rediscovering their appetite for European retail banks as many shun the big “bulge bracket” institutions of...

    22. March 17, 2014

      Rosneft gains 13% of Pirelli for €500m

      Rosneft, Russia’s biggest oil producer, has paid around €500m to become the largest shareholder in Italian tyremaker Pirelli...

    23. February 23, 2014

      Giovanni Bazoli, chairman, Intesa Sanpaolo

      In the darkest hour of Italy’s modern banking system, the Catholic banker Roberto Calvi was found dead, hanging under...

    24. February 9, 2014

      Italy rejects ‘bad bank’ plan over credit rating fears

      Italy has rejected the idea of setting up a “bad bank” for fear that it will focus market attention on the exposure of...

    25. February 3, 2014

      UniCredit sells €700m loans batch to private equity group

      UniCredit, Italy's largest bank by assets, has sold €700m of non-performing loans to specialist private equity group AnaCap...

    26. February 2, 2014

      Intesa move reignites ‘bad bank’ debate

      Intesa Sanpaolo is working on plans to become the first Italian lender since the financial crisis to set up an internal “bad...

    27. FT Alphaville

      January 29, 2014

      Burning rubber, Pirelli edition

      Warning! Read the boiler plate here — Things are rarely straight-forward in corporate Italy, and what follows is no...

    28. January 28, 2014

      Intesa Sanpaolo repays ECB crisis loan

      Intesa Sanpaolo has become the first Italian bank to repay the crisis loans it took from the European Central Bank two years...

    29. January 27, 2014

      Banco Popolare €1.5bn rights issue sends bank shares down

      Shares in Italian banks fell sharply on Monday after Banco Popolare, Italy’s fifth-largest bank by assets, announced a...

    30. January 12, 2014

      Investors warm to Spanish banks

      A gulf is opening between the cost of funding for Spanish lenders and their less trusted Italian counterparts. The two...

    31. January 1, 2014

      European banks: a tale of two models

      The masters of the universe are humbled. Politicians, regulators and the public have come to disdain investment bankers. And...

    32. December 18, 2013

      Italy steps up supervision of lenders

      As Spain’s banking sector consolidates, in Italy the central bank has increased supervision of the country’s lenders ahead...

    33. December 2, 2013

      Big companies in end-of-year bond rush

      Large corporate borrowers seeking to raise the last batch of funding for 2013 could sell close to $30bn in investment-grade...

    34. November 27, 2013

      Tougher regime for Turkish banks amid moves to temper credit boom

      By 2023, the centenary of the founding of the Republic of Turkey, the government of Recep Tayyip Erdogan wants to establish...

    35. October 23, 2013

      Stress tests dent appetite for bank stocks

      Equity markets in London fell on Wednesday after nine days of gains as profit-taking swept across Asia and Europe to drive...

    36. October 15, 2013

      Alitalia shareholders agree rescue package

      Alitalia shareholders on Tuesday approved a rescue plan backed by Italy’s coalition government that includes a €300m capital...

    37. October 8, 2013

      Ailing banks emerge as Italy’s elephant in the room

      From the top floor of UniCredit’s gleaming new skyscraper in Milan, where Italy’s largest bank by assets moved last week,...

    38. October 4, 2013

      Week in review, October 5

      A round up of some of the week’s most significant corporate events and news stories. Shareholders claim scalps of Italian...

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