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  1. February 7, 2012

    Berlusconi faces another court case

    Silvio Berlusconi is poised to stand trial in a fourth case in Milan, this time related to scandal-tainted bank and...

  2. Money Supply

    October 21, 2011

    Visco is no ugly compromise

    Ignazio Visco. Image by Bank of Italy. Few predicted Ignazio Visco, the Bank of Italy’s third-in-command, would succeed...

  1. September 22, 2011

    Mario Draghi: Set to inherit an ECB in crisis

    The challenges facing Mario Draghi, when he takes over as European Central Bank president on November 1, could hardly be...

  2. April 29, 2011

    Man in the News: Mario Draghi

    It works well for food and fashion, but when it comes to exporting a central banker, the “Made in Italy” brand can suddenly...

  3. February 17, 2011

    Battle lines drawn between Della Valle and Geronzi

    On a sunny Saturday last April, Trieste hosted the 178th annual general meeting of Assicurazioni Generali. It was an...

  4. December 9, 2010

    Clash at the heart of ECB succession

    It is rarely a pretty sight when the European Union appoints its senior policymakers. The selection in 1998 of Wim...

  5. June 7, 2010

    Conflicts of interest hold back Italy reforms

    Temperatures are rising in Italy and not just because summer has arrived. In Italian politics the atmosphere is tense. All...

  6. October 23, 2008

    Former Bank of Italy chief goes on trial

    The trial began in Milan on Thursday of Antonio Fazio, the former governor of the Bank of Italy whose role in the bitter...

  7. May 23, 2008

    Former Bank of Italy governor to stand trial

    The former governor of the Bank of Italy was Friday ordered to stand trial in October over alleged wrongdoing in the...

  8. October 23, 2007

    Decision with freedom of Europe at its heart

    Article 56 of the Treaty on the Economic Community is quite peremptory: “All restrictions on the movement of capital between...

  9. June 8, 2007

    Italy fends off assault by foreign invaders

    UniCredit's pending acquisition of Capitalia, its smaller domestic rival, underlines that foreign banks' efforts to build a...

  10. June 1, 2007

    Background

    Mario Draghi, 59, was appointed Bank of Italy governor in December 2005 with a mission to clean up Italy's image after...

  11. May 31, 2007

    Out with the new and in with the old in Rome

    Italy's corporate and financial establishment gathers in Rome today to pay tribute to the country's central bank governor...

  12. May 30, 2007

    Out with the new and in with the old in Rome

    Italy’s corporate and financial establishment gathers in Rome Thursday to pay tribute to the country’s central bank governor...

  13. May 22, 2007

    'Bocconi boys' call the shots in reshaping Italy's banks

    Networks, everyone knows, are what matters when doing business in Italy. This week's friction-free takeover of Capitalia by...

  14. FT Alphaville

    May 21, 2007

    New Italian deal follows UniCredit’s Capitalia buy

    UniCredit on Sunday sealed its €22bn acquisition of Capitalia, an all-Italian deal which creates Europe’s second largest...

  15. May 21, 2007

    UniCredit creates banking giant with Capitalia deal

    UniCredit yesterday sealed its €22bn (£15bn) acquisition of Capitalia, an all-Italian deal concluded at great speed...

  16. May 20, 2007

    Extraordinary feud ends with Arpe quitting

    The deal ends an extraordinary feud in an extraordinary way. Cesare Geronzi, Capitalia chairman, and Matteo Arpe, the chief...

  17. May 20, 2007

    UniCredit buys Capitalia for €22bn

    UniCredit on Sunday sealed its €22bn acquisition of Capitalia, an all-Italian deal which was concluded at great speed and...

  18. April 20, 2007

    Banking on neutrality

    Nout Wellink knows better than anyone the risks for European central bankers who intervene in cross-border banking mergers....

  19. April 20, 2007

    THE DEALS THEY DIDN'T LIKE

    *ABN Amro of the Netherlands' efforts to buy Italy's Banca Antonveneta faced fierce opposition from the Italian business...

  20. April 18, 2007

    Wellink feels heat of ABN spotlight

    Nout Wellink has courted more controversy in the last 10 weeks than in his previous (almost) 10 years as president of the...

  21. April 9, 2007

    Head of Dutch central bank fights back

    Nout Wellink, president of the Dutch central bank, has come out fighting in response to charges of protectionism six weeks...

  22. Brussels Blog

    March 14, 2007

    Laws of unintended consequences

    Few would claim that lawmaking is a simple business. And it certainly does not get any easier when a piece of legislation...

  23. February 28, 2007

    Can Groenink survive in ABN Amro's fortress?

    The Netherlands, with its poison pills, special structures and unassailable foundations, is probably second only to Italy...

  24. February 27, 2007

    Can Groenink survive in ABN Amro’s fortress?

    The Netherlands, with its poison pills, special structures and unassailable foundations, is probably second only to Italy...

  25. February 26, 2007

    Regulator attacks hedge fund drive to split up ABN

    The Dutch banking regulator has intervened in the battle for control of ABN Amro, warning that a hedge fund's campaign to...

  26. February 25, 2007

    Dutch regulator intervenes over ABN Amro

    The Dutch banking regulator has intervened in the battle for control of ABN Amro, warning that a hedge fund’s campaign to...

  27. February 16, 2007

    Italian banks in talks on merger

    Two more of Italy's mutual banks yesterday admitted they were considering merging as the sector consolidation spurred by a...

  28. January 15, 2007

    ABN Amro faces dilemma over Geronzi

    ABN Amro faces a dilemma tomorrow when it must decide whether to lend its support again to the chairman of Capitalia, the...

  29. November 22, 2006

    Towards a Tuscan renaissance

    Siena is the sort of place you would expect to find the world's oldest bank. The beautifully preserved medieval Tuscan city...

  30. November 21, 2006

    Towards a Tuscan renaissance

    Siena is the sort of place you would expect to find the world’s oldest bank. The beautifully preserved medieval Tuscan city...

  31. November 14, 2006

    Capitalia calls for strategy talks

    Management at Capitalia will urge the bank's controlling shareholders to discuss fully for the first time a mergers and...

  32. November 1, 2006

    Italian banks urged to prepare for foreign competition

    Italian banks need to adopt better corporate governance rules and pursue domestic mergers as a way of preparing for more...

  33. October 31, 2006

    Italian banks warned of aggressive competition

    Italian banks need to adopt better corporate governance rules and pursue domestic mergers as a way of preparing for more...

  34. October 26, 2006

    Italian trio guilty of insider trading

    Three well-known names in Italian finance were yesterday found guilty of insider trading and given suspended prison...

  35. October 19, 2006

    Deal is perfect illustration of changed times

    Corrado Passera was supposed to have spent most of August in Argentina. The chief executive of Banca Intesa had already...

  36. October 16, 2006

    Italian banking deals

    Italian banking looked like it was being run from an asylum 18 months ago but has recently enjoyed a sustained bout of...

  37. October 13, 2006

    SanPaolo gives green light to €74bn merger with Intesa

    The board of SanPaolo IMI yesterday overrode the objections of Banco Santander of Spain and voted to go ahead with its...

  38. October 13, 2006

    Hard choice approaches as BPI looks to merge

    Banca Popolare Italiana could as early as this weekend decide its merger partner from a shortlist of two in a deal that...

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