MILAN Jan 22 Italian mid-sized lender Banca
Popolare dell'Emilia Romagna is not talking to smaller
peer Banca Etruria about a possible tie up even though
such a move could be interesting, its chief executive said on
"We have nothing specific on the table," Luigi Odorici said
on the sidelines of a meeting of banking lobby ABI.
"From our point of view it could be an interesting operation
with Etruria because it covers an area where we don't have a big
market share," he added.
Earlier on Wednesday a Banca Popolare di Vicenza executive
said the bank was considering a possible investment in Banca
Etruria, which is looking for a partner following
recommendations from the Bank of Italy.
"The advisers are assessing things, then they'll get in
touch (with potential bidders) and we will probably be among
those contacted," Odorici said.
(Reporting by Gianluca Semeraro, writing by Stephen Jewkes,
editing by Valentina Za)