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    1. February 5, 2016

      Intesa Sanpaolo profits hit by rescue of smaller banks

      Profits at Intesa Sanpaolo dropped sharply in the fourth quarter because of its contribution to the rescue of four...

    2. Fast FT

      February 5, 2016

      Intesa Sanpaolo lifts divi despite disappointing Q4

      Profit after tax at Banca Intesa Sanpaolo missed expectations by quite a wide margin in the fourth quarter, as the bank...

    1. January 27, 2016

      Italian banks: state paid

      When is a government guarantee not state aid? And when is a “bad bank” not a bank at all? When it is Italian, it seems....

    2. November 29, 2015

      Intesa Sanpaolo to open private bank branch in London

      Banca Intesa Sanpaolo, Italy’s leading domestic lender, will next week open its first private bank office in London as...

    3. November 19, 2015

      Italian banks: productivity gap

      Italian banking can be contradictory. In his latest restructuring, UniCredit boss Federico Ghizzoni aims to shrink the...

    4. September 6, 2015

      Mario Greco, CEO, Generali: a change of gear in Italy

      Mario Greco, chief executive of Italy’s Generali, Eur­ope’s third-biggest in­surer by premiums, speaks softly but gives...

    5. August 10, 2015

      Start-up Apis raises $150m for emerging fintech honeypots

      A young private equity house focused on investing in financial services across Africa and south Asia has won strong...

    6. August 2, 2015

      UniCredit chief explores options as he seeks to avoid cash call

      UniCredit chief Federico Ghizzoni is exploring a strategic shake-up of the bank to boost profitability and address...

    7. July 14, 2015

      Twitter shares spike on fake bid story

      Twitter shares briefly spiked in early New York trading after a fake online news story claimed the messaging company...

    8. July 7, 2015

      Italian asset managers: a class of their own

      Italy’s elevated public debt may not be anything to boast about but its private debt is low and its wealth is easily...

    9. June 25, 2015

      Italian banks: performance enhancers

      Time for another Italian job. Reformist prime minister Matteo Renzi’s agenda is again zooming in on Italy’s banks. The...

    10. May 15, 2015

      Hoaxes and fakes: hollow laughs

      Oh, how we laughed. The fake filing, the spelling mistakes, the outlandish bid. What a jape! When an unheard-of private...

    11. May 13, 2015

      Italy’s MPS eyes tie-up that may well prove harder than expected

      Italy’s Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena, the biggest bank to fail last year’s European bank health check, achieved its...

    12. May 12, 2015

      Italian banks: domestic bliss

      Home and away. Italy’s two biggest lenders, UniCredit and Intesa Sanpaolo, are products of the country’s last...

    13. May 11, 2015

      Intesa Sanpaolo’s net profits rise on improved trading

      Intesa Sanpaolo, Italy’s second-largest bank by assets, significantly beat analysts’ forecasts by doubling its profit...

    14. April 12, 2015

      SWMC bets big on earnings recovery in Italy

      Under-pressure Italy has become a big overweight position for fund manager Stuart Mitchell, in the belief that the...

    15. April 7, 2015

      Eurozone banks: deferring the inevitable

      In the great post-crisis re-regulation, many bank regulators in the eurozone’s periphery indulged their wards. Now...

    16. March 24, 2015

      Investors snap up European bank loans

      Rising competition between investors to buy non-core loans being sold by European banks has driven up prices in most...

    17. March 22, 2015

      CNCC closes in on Pirelli takeover

      China National Chemical Corporation has reached an agreement with the controlling shareholders of tyremaker Pirelli...

    18. March 22, 2015

      Italy: La dolce vita calls to fund managers

      Italy’s fund management market enjoyed a bumper year in 2014. Low interest rates encouraged investors to exit bank...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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,...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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,...

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