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Italys lenders pick up central bank bonus

Italy's lenders pick up central bank bonus

April 1, 2014

Following a difficult few years, Italy's banks received a windfall from the central bank after the institution revalued its share 'capital', but other eurozone lenders claim that this gives Italian players an unfair advantage in the upcoming asset quality review.

Roberto Nicastro

UniCredit GM looks to build a bank for the future

November 1, 2013

Roberto Nicastro, UniCredit Group’s general manager, explains how Italy’s largest bank is tackling conflicting regulatory pressures, low interest rates and changing customer habits to become a bank for the future.

Enrico Cucchiani

Intesa CEO affords Italy a little optimism

October 1, 2013

The resilience of the Italian economy should not be underestimated, says the CEO of Intesa Sanpaolo, and the country, which is now on the road to recovery, should no longer be considered as part of the flailing eurozone periphery.

Mediobanca makes its move

Mediobanca makes its move

September 2, 2013

The rollercoaster ride that Italy's Mediobanca has embarked upon since the crisis hit has seen the bank change its leadership, embrace retail banking, look to shed its equity in a number of leading Italian companies, and seek to no longer tie up its stakes in shareholder pacts. David Lane assesses the impact of these moves.

Emerging markets take profits crown

July 1, 2013

Banks from the emerging markets in Latin America and the Asia-Pacific region dominate this year’s most profitable banks, leaving European banks with only two countries in the top 25 ranking. 

Highest Movers table shows story after China

July 1, 2013

The Highest Movers table of the Top 1000 has had a distinctly Chinese feel to it in recent years, but 2013's ranking shows rapid growth among financial institutions the world over, including in Europe's crisis economies.

How Monte dei Paschi made the wrong kind of history

How Monte dei Paschi made the wrong kind of history

March 1, 2013

Management, shareholders and regulators all seem to carry some of the blame for allowing Monte dei Paschi to acquire Antonveneta, which created uncontrollable risks for what had previously been one of Italy's more conservative banks.

Don't take revenge on the raters for sovereign downgrades

February 25, 2013

Sovereigns taking action against rating agencies are aiming at the wrong target.

Olivier Khayat

UniCredit makes early move in investment banking rethink

December 3, 2012

A strategic alliance in equities with a brokerage firm and the massive strengthening of the balance sheet have helped put UniCredit's corporate and investment bank ahead of the pack, according to deputy chief executive Olivier Khayat.

Philipp Waldstein

UniCredit beats Italy’s sovereign blues

October 1, 2012

A covered bond placed with a yield well inside the Italian government provides a reassuring signal that the country’s largest bank by assets, UniCredit, has a viable funding plan to ride out the sovereign crisis.

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