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    1. November 26, 2014

      Pioneer chief departs amid M&A talks

      Pioneers Investments announced on Wednesday that Sandro Pierri is to step down at the end of January as chief executive of...

    2. 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...

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    1. November 11, 2014

      Bad bank investors set their sights on Italian loan books

      Private equity funds hunting for European banks’ bad loans are rushing to Italy as regulators ramp up the pressure on those...

    2. October 27, 2014

      Bank stress tests fail to tackle deflation spectre

      It has all the ingredients of a European Banking Authority quiz question: which of the 30 biggest European Union banks by...

    3. 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...

    4. October 27, 2014

      Bank shares lose early gains after ECB stress tests

      Bank shares lost the early gains made on Monday in response to the European Central Bank’s health check of the continent’s...

    5. 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...

    6. 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...

    7. 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...

    8. 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,...

    9. September 30, 2014

      Oktoberfest beer breaks €10 mark as rivals beg to be let in

      Numbers associated with Oktoberfest tend toward the voluminous. The festival’s 6.4m revellers last year downed 6.7m litres...

    10. September 22, 2014

      UniCredit nears Pioneer-Santander deal

      UniCredit is close to reaching an agreement to combine its Pioneer Investments unit with Santander Asset Management, the...

    11. September 10, 2014

      Marchionne manoeuvre puts Ferrari on the IPO grid

      Last week, veteran Italian businessman Leonardo Del Vecchio snatched back the reins of power from Andrea Guerra, the younger...

    12. 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...

    13. August 5, 2014

      UniCredit’s top investment banker to step down

      Jean-Pierre Mustier, UniCredit’s head of corporate and investment banking, is to step down from January, the Italian bank...

    14. August 3, 2014

      Movers & shakers: August 4

      ● Lisa Jones has been appointed as head of the US for Pioneer Investments, the €185.5bn asset management subsidiary of...

    15. July 11, 2014

      Brazil’s World Cup collapse eludes banks’ best minds

      Brazil’s shocking 7-1 defeat in this week’s World Cup semi-final left behind 200m miserable Brazilians – and a host of...

    16. June 30, 2014

      US Supreme Court rebuffs Madoff trustee

      The US Supreme Court has sheltered HSBC, UniCredit and UBS from facing more than $10bn in legal claims stemming from the...

    17. June 12, 2014

      Milan’s high-rise financial hub gives bankers mixed views

      A new feature has emerged on Milan’s horizon in the past year. In the otherwise low-rise city, the glinting pinnacle of a...

    18. June 8, 2014

      Historic Monte Paschi looks to a future beyond its tribulations

      Alessandro Profumo, chairman of Italy’s Monte dei Paschi di Siena bank and one of Europe’s most experienced banking...

    19. May 28, 2014

      Complexity of cases that followed 2008 crash keeps Austrian courts busy

      When financial markets crashed in 2008, thousands of investors turned to the courts in pursuit of compensation for what they...

    20. May 25, 2014

      Banks’ non-core assets: knowing the risks

      “We present this season’s must-have accessory for the bank-about-town – the non-core division. A convenient holdall for...

    21. May 19, 2014

      UK house price boom boosts subprime ABS sales

      Surging UK house prices have encouraged banks to offload sub-prime mortgages into ‘sliced and diced’ asset-backed...

    22. May 12, 2014

      Spain taps demand for ‘linker’ bonds

      Spain is preparing to sell a bond linked to rising consumer costs for the first time as it seeks to expand government...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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....

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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