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Jun 18, 2013

Dolce and Gabbana face verdict on alleged tax evasion

MILAN (Reuters) – An Italian court is expected to rule on Wednesday on whether legendary fashion duo Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana should be sent to prison for allegedly hiding hundreds of millions of euros from the tax authorities.

The case, one of the few prominent tax disputes to go to court in Italy, dates back to 2004, when the pair sold their brand to Luxembourg-based holding company Gado to allegedly avoid declaring taxes on royalties of about 1 billion euros ($1.3 billion).

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Jun 17, 2013

Saipem shares plunge after new profit warning

MILAN, June 17 (Reuters) – Saipem’s share price
fell by as much as 25 percent on Monday, after Europe’s biggest
oil industry services group gave its second major profit warning
in less than six months due to problems with contracts in
Algeria, Mexico and Canada.

Saipem, 43-percent-owned by Italian oil company Eni
, said after markets closed on Friday that it now
expected to make a net loss of 300 million to 350 million euros
this year instead of a profit of 450 million euros.

Jun 16, 2013

Mediobanca to announce ready to sever ties with holdings-source

MILAN, June 16 (Reuters) – Italy’s best-known investment
bank Mediobanca will announce on Friday it is ready to
gradually exit all of its strategic holdings except life insurer
Generali, a source with direct knowledge of the
situation said.

The Milan-based bank, which owns stakes in some Italy’s
biggest companies, will present a new business plan to focus on
its banking business and break with years of meddling in Italy’s
top corporate developments.

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Jun 13, 2013

Monte Paschi seeks to double capital increase -sources

MILAN/ROME, June 13 (Reuters) – Top management at Banca
Monte dei Paschi di Siena is pressing to increase the
ceiling on a possible rights issue to 2 billion euros ($2.66
billion) from 1 billion euros, two sources familiar with the
situation told Reuters.

Italy’s No. 3 bank took 4.1 billion euros in state aid this
year to stay afloat, but the lender may need more money to cope
with a worsening economic situation and repay the state.

Jun 13, 2013

Ten years on, reborn Parmalat is still fighting legal battles

PARMA, Italy, June 13 (Reuters) – Ten years after its
spectacular collapse in an accounting scandal, reborn Italian
dairy firm Parmalat is still struggling to free itself
from legal disputes that are clouding both its prospects and
those of its new French owner.

In March, a local court put Parmalat under the oversight of
a special commissioner as part of an investigation into its
purchase of a business from its majority owner Lactalis – a deal
which helped Lactalis to cut its debt, but which some minority
investors say was overpriced and makes little strategic sense.

    • About Lisa

      "I have been a correspondent for 13 years, reporting on banks, financial regulation and EU politics from London, Brussels, Zurich and Milan. I have also written about a variety of business sectors, general news, the arts and sport. As Chief Financial Correspondent for Italy, I keep a close eye on top Italian business stories, particularly Fiat and banking."
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      1998
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      Awards:
      2010 Reuters Star Performer Award
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