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MADRID/MILAN Italy's Atlantia on Thursday opened the door to considering a full cash offer for Spain's Abertis , but said for now it still wanted some investors to accept shares in its 16.3 billion-euro bid to buy the Spanish toll road firm.
MILAN/ROME Italy's biggest banks may help Rome bail out Popolare di Vicenza and Veneto Banca to avoid being hit by costly depositor guarantees if European regulators shut them down, sources close to the matter said on Thursday.
MILAN Italy's healthier banks may have to once again step in to prop up two ailing Veneto-based regional lenders before taxpayer money can be used to rescue them, according to several sources familiar with the matter.
MILAN UniCredit beat expectations with a jump in first-quarter net profit to 907 million euros ($986 million) on Thursday as new boss Jean Pierre Mustier leads a turnaround at Italy's biggest bank by assets. | Video
MILAN Four banks are putting together a bridge loan of around 11 billion euros ($12 billion) for Atlantia's potential takeover bid for Spanish rival Abertis , a deal that would create Europe's biggest toll road operator.
LONDON/MILAN/MADRID Italian toll road operator Atlantia is planning to submit a takeover bid for Spanish rival Abertis within days, two sources familiar with the situation said on Tuesday, hoping to bridge differences over price that have held up negotiations in the past few weeks.
MILAN UniCredit has heavily written down the value of its 700 million euro ($756 million) investment in Italy's bank rescue fund and other investors are likely to follow suit, sources told Reuters, complicating efforts to stabilize the nation's banking sector.
MILAN Intesa Sanpaolo denied on Thursday it was preparing an all-share offer for Assicurazioni Generali after shares in the Italian insurer rose in response to speculation that a bid was on its way.
MILAN UniCredit , Italy's biggest bank, has assured investors the European Central Bank is happy with its turnaround plan and will not require it to book more writedowns on its bad loans than already envisaged, a source said on Tuesday.
MILAN Italian banking and insurance group Intesa Sanpaolo confirmed on Tuesday it was examining a possible tie-up with Italy's largest insurer Assicurazioni Generali , in what would be one of Europe's biggest such deals.