ROME (Reuters) - Italy’s market regulator Consob has only received “preliminary and generic” information regarding Monte dei Paschi’s board meeting on Sunday which sought to breathe new life into a privately-funded rescue plan, a source close to the watchdog said on Monday.
Italy’s third biggest lender (BMPS.MI) said on Sunday it would press ahead with a last-ditch plan to raise 5 billion euros (4.2 billion pounds) on the market by year-end after the European Central Bank refused to give it more time to recapitalise.
The eleventh-hour private solution being drawn up by the bank, advised by JPMorgan and Mediobanca, involves reopening a debt-to-equity swap offer. This needs Consob’s approval.
Reporting by Stefano Bernabei, writing by Agnieszka Flak; editing by Paola Arosio