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  1. beyondbrics

    September 23, 2013

    Got IPO? Mexican dairy looks to go public

    Grupo Lala, Mexico largest milk producer, plans to sell shares in Mexico and abroad in the first initial public offering of...

  2. September 4, 2013

    Fiat plots road to recovery in Italy with focus on luxury

    Fiat is pushing ahead with plans to make Italy the hub of its premium and luxury car business after chief executive Sergio...

  1. August 20, 2013

    Italian business: No way back

    Over six decades, Cesare Geronzi ascended to the summit of Italian finance. Every step of the way, he took three scarlet...

  2. April 22, 2013

    Parmalat forced to withdraw accounts

    Parmalat has been forced into an 11th-hour withdrawal of its 2012 accounts after a court in Rome annulled its acquisition of...

  3. April 1, 2013

    Amber chief urges reforms in Italy

    Efforts by Italy’s corporate elite to keep power in the hands of “friends and family” and failures by regulators to...

  4. February 13, 2013

    Finance: Entangled in Tuscany

    In recent weeks, after the eruption of a banking scandal at Monte dei Paschi di Siena, the world’s oldest lender, residents...

  5. October 22, 2012

    Offers put Italy on interventionist track

    Siemens’ offer to buy power plant producer Ansaldo Energia for €1.3bn has ignited passions in Italy and helped re-establish...

  6. October 2, 2012

    Parmalat criticised for US dairy purchase

    Two of Parmalat’s minority shareholders have written to the board of the Italian dairy company saying the $904m acquisition...

  7. December 27, 2011

    EDF unveils Edison takeover details

    EDF has unveiled to investors the details of its agreement to acquire Edison, Italy’s second-biggest power provider, as the...

  8. November 29, 2011

    Parma court sentences Geronzi and Arpe to jail

    A court in Parma on Tuesday handed out prison sentences to Cesare Geronzi, the former chairman of Assicurazioni Generali,...

  9. August 2, 2011

    A business that began as a joke

    Parma, the foodie Italian town in Emilia Romagna, famed for its prosciutto ham and Parmesan cheese, is one of the best...

  10. July 14, 2011

    Politics of M&A

    It’s the politics, stupid. News Corp’s failed attempt to buy BSkyB illustrates the ineffably political nature of mergers and...

  11. July 11, 2011

    European banking sector left battered

    Concerns over Italy intensified on Monday, hitting the European banking sector and leaving the region’s equity markets...

  12. July 10, 2011

    Sour feelings as Parmalat falls to the French

    On a recent hot afternoon in Parma, the central Italian town best known for its prosciutto ham and Parmesan cheese, the...

  13. July 4, 2011

    Geronzi sentenced to four years in Cirio case

    Cesare Geronzi, the former chairman of Assicurazioni Generali, Italy’s largest insurance group, has been handed a minimum...

  14. June 28, 2011

    Lactalis poised to take control of Parmalat board

    French dairy group Lactalis is due to gain control of the board of Parmalat on Tuesday, effectively allowing it to approve...

  15. beyondbrics

    June 21, 2011

    Clegg plays catch-up in Brazil

    Nick Clegg, Britain’s deputy prime minister, arrives in Brazil on Tuesday at the head of a 45-member trade delegation – part...

  16. June 13, 2011

    Milan hit in troubled investment climate

    The much-trumpeted start to the initial public offering season on the Milan bourse was brought to an abrupt halt when the...

  17. May 31, 2011

    Parmalat/Lactalis: deal starts to curdle

    Europe’s big dairy industry takeover battle is starting to curdle. Lactalis of France, privately owned by the Besnier...

  18. May 13, 2011

    Lactalis wins regulator nod to bid for Parmalat

    Italy’s stock market regulator has give approval for French dairy company Lactalis to go ahead with a €3.4bn ($4.9bn)...

  19. May 2, 2011

    M&A: Growing confidence dented by politicians

    The economic recovery, even though still fragile in places, has helped spur hopes among advisers of a recovery in mergers &...

  20. April 27, 2011

    Parmalat bid in doubt as Rome ponders options

    The struggle for control of Italy’s Parmalat remains in doubt, as Silvio Berlusconi’s centre-right government explores all...

  21. FT Alphaville

    April 27, 2011

    Lactalis bids for Parmalat

    Groupe Lactalis, the privately held French dairy company said on Tuesday it had launched a €3.4bn ($4.9bn) bid for the rest...

  22. April 26, 2011

    Parmalat: Lactalis throws down gauntlet

    When in Rome, eh? French dairy group Lactalis has waded further into a Franco-Italian row over cross-border acquisitions...

  23. FT Alphaville

    April 26, 2011

    Lactalis launches full takeover bid for Parmalat

    Groupe Lactalis, the privately held French dairy company announced on Tuesday that it had launched a €3.4bn ($4.9bn) bid for...

  24. April 26, 2011

    Lactalis launches full bid for Parmalat

    Lactalis, the French dairy group, on Tuesday launched a takeover bid worth €3.4bn ($4.9bn) for the rest of Parmalat, its...

  25. April 20, 2011

    Lessons in mediating for dairy warriors

    Italian lawmakers are upset with the French – this time, for trying to buy some butter (in the form of dairy giant...

  26. April 18, 2011

    Ferrero chief dies in accident

    Pietro Ferrero, joint chief executive of his family’s chocolate maker, has died in a cycling accident while on a business...

  27. April 18, 2011

    Banks cleared in Parmalat market-rigging case

    A Milan court has cleared four banks – Citigroup, Bank of America, Morgan Stanley and Deutsche Bank – and six of their...

  28. April 13, 2011

    Capital message hits home for chief

    Four of Italy’s six big banks – including Intesa, the country’s largest high-street lender – have now announced a combined...

  29. April 8, 2011

    Financials put on a solid pace

    European stocks continued their bull run this week, led by banking stocks, which were boosted by Portugal’s decision to seek...

  30. April 7, 2011

    Banks lifted by Lisbon’s bail-out request

    Portugal’s decision to seek financial assistance from the European Union cheered investors on the continent, sparking strong...

  31. April 6, 2011

    Banks make solid gains but Irish lenders miss rally

    Banking stocks surged on Europe’s bourses on Wednesday as announcements of capital raising by Commerzbank and Intesa...

  32. April 5, 2011

    European stocks weather Portugal debt fears

    European markets weathered renewed fears about Portugal’s sovereign debt to close higher on Tuesday, although banks and...

  33. April 2, 2011

    French-Italian takeover tensions rise

    A protectionist takeover tussle between France and Italy has intensified as French-controlled EDF consolidated its hold over...

  34. March 31, 2011

    Downgrades and stress tests spark bank sell-off

    Nervousness ahead of stress test results for Irish banks and ratings downgrades for financials in Greece and Portugal...

  35. March 30, 2011

    EDF hits back in corporate row with Italy

    EDF, the French state-controlled utility, has fired the latest salvo in a tussle with Italy over control of strategic...

  36. March 28, 2011

    UK takeovers: small guys need help

    The suits who regulate takeovers rarely go home with the prom queen. But since the financial crisis, with its resulting...

  37. March 28, 2011

    Lactalis fights back over Parmalat criticism

    Lactalis, the French dairy company, has sought to defend itself from political and populist criticism over its acquisition...

  38. March 25, 2011

    Enel and Eni stoke row over takeovers in Italy

    Italy’s standoff with France over the acquisition of Italian companies by their French neighbours has intensified as...

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