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  1. 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...

  2. March 23, 2014

    Europe’s periphery in fundraising rush

    Eurozone governments are taking advantage of unexpectedly low borrowing costs to push ahead with debt issuance, with some...

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  1. Central & eastern Europe: Banking and Finance 2013

    The shadows that gathered last year have started to recede. The banking sector has sho...
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  1. 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...

  2. March 16, 2014

    UniCredit aims to sell or float Pioneer Investments arm

    UniCredit aims to sell or float its Pioneer Investments asset management business with a valuation of about €2bn-€3bn as...

  3. March 14, 2014

    Week in Review, March 15

    A round up of some of the week’s most significant corporate events and news stories. GM faces federal probe over botched...

  4. March 12, 2014

    HVB lifts UniCredit with net profits of €1bn

    HypoVereinsbank provided some comfort to its Italian parent UniCredit on Wednesday as it announced net profits of more than...

  5. March 12, 2014

    Italy’s banks spring clean as stress tests loom

    For Italy’s banks seeking to present a clean slate going into European stress tests così fan tutte is the theme of the day....

  6. March 12, 2014

    Monte dei Paschi sinks to seventh consecutive quarterly loss

    Monte dei Paschi di Siena, Italy’s third-largest bank by assets which is the subject of a state bailout, sank to its seventh...

  7. March 11, 2014

    UniCredit: clearing the decks

    Coincidence? As Italy announced the end of almost three years of recession, its largest bank by assets revealed a €14bn...

  8. March 11, 2014

    UniCredit falls to record €14bn loss before stress tests

    UniCredit announced a record annual net loss of €14bn on Tuesday as Italy’s biggest bank by assets cleaned up its balance...

  9. March 4, 2014

    Italian finance: Time to modernise

    As the tourist season was heating up last summer in the southern Italian region of Puglia, officials from the Bank of Italy...

  10. 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...

  11. February 7, 2014

    Steelmakers help lift European bourses

    Europe’s main equities markets made steady gains on Friday, although investors stayed cautious ahead of the release of jobs...

  12. 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...

  13. 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...

  14. January 20, 2014

    UniCredit hands off risk to US fund Mariner Investment Group

    A New York hedge fund group has persuaded US pension funds to take on some of the risk of lending to Italian infrastructure...

  15. 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...

  16. 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...

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    November 28, 2013

    Background briefing: Ukraine’s fiscal conundrum

    A deal with cash-strapped Ukraine was originally supposed to be the centerpiece of today’s “Eastern Partnership” EU summit...

  18. November 14, 2013

    UniCredit apologises to Bundesbank over ‘trapped’ capital claim

    UniCredit has issued an apology to the Bundesbank, after the central bank’s governor objected to being blamed for making the...

  19. November 13, 2013

    Bank union to free €7bn of capital for UniCredit from German unit

    UniCredit expects Europe’s banking union to free up €7bn of capital for Italy's largest bank from its German subsidiary as...

  20. October 23, 2013

    Eurozone recovery: A job half-done

    Tiago Costa and his teenage friends milling about outside a Lisbon youth training centre are surprisingly upbeat about the...

  21. October 18, 2013

    Cross-border investments rattle national footings

    Every now and then, the implacable force of cross-border consolidation hits the immovable object of long-held national...

  22. 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,...

  23. October 6, 2013

    Microfinance project for London businesses raises £2m

    Investors have put £2m into a new microfinance project that aims to help Londoners who are unable to borrow from banks to...

  24. October 3, 2013

    UniCredit: gone shopping

    UniCredit is partying like it is 2007. On Monday the Italian bank moved its HQ into a shiny new skyscraper in Milan. By...

  25. October 3, 2013

    UniCredit eyes Poland BGZ deal as it targets European expansion

    UniCredit, Italy’s largest bank by assets, has put in a preliminary offer to buy Poland’s Bank BGZ and is considering the...

  26. September 24, 2013

    SocGen looks east to seal transformation

    Société Générale has had a rocky time in eastern Europe. Operations in recession-hit Romania have struggled to turn a profit...

  27. September 17, 2013

    Mediobanca: what is a bank worth?

    A side order of bank with your insurer, sir? Mediobanca might be a big name in the world of Italian banking, but equity...

  28. September 12, 2013

    The shaking up of Europe’s old order

    Like the walls of biblical Jericho, the fortifications of modern Mediterranean capitalism were once all but impregnable. Now...

  29. September 9, 2013

    Monte dei Paschi: going in circles

    The palio – the spectacular horse race that takes place twice every summer in the Italian city of Siena – always ends in...

  30. September 4, 2013

    Ryanair setback weighs on airline peers

    Airline stocks were the poorest performers on pan-European indices after Ireland’s Ryanair warned it was unlikely to meet...

  31. August 27, 2013

    Nationwide to boost capital by buying back securities

    Nationwide, the UK’s biggest building society, has launched an offer to buy back up to £715m in bond-like instruments in an...

  32. August 26, 2013

    Italian stocks hit by fears of political uncertainty

    Italy’s FTSE MIB underperformed the broader pan-European FTSE Eurofirst 300 on Monday after renewed political uncertainty...

  33. 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...

  34. August 19, 2013

    Cement makers hit by emerging markets pain

    Bid activity helped mitigate some of the pain felt in European equity markets after an emerging market-led sell-off was felt...

  35. August 16, 2013

    Italian banks shine as borrowing costs fall

    Italian banks led on pan-European bourses as yields on the country’s government debt fell. Italy’s 10-year yield dropped 3.9...

  36. August 9, 2013

    KPN climbs on takeover approach

    KPN has been much in the news recently and it was the day’s biggest gainer on the FTSE Eurofirst 300 on Friday after a...

  37. August 6, 2013

    UniCredit doubles profit as ECB repayments begin

    UniCredit’s net profit more than doubled in the second quarter as Italy’s largest lender by assets last month started to pay...

  38. July 10, 2013

    EU banks: lack of resolution

    He who pays the piper calls the tune. But in Europe the piper is uppity and wants to choose the whole playlist. Germany (the...

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