The Italian police on Thursday arrested the former head of Monte dei Paschi's finance department, who is at the centre of a fraud and bribery probe at Italyís third largest bank, two investigative sources told Reuters. The sources said the man arrested was Gianluca Baldassarri, who left Monte dei Paschi shortly after the arrival of new chief executive Fabrizio Viola in January 2012. One of the sources said he was detained because prosecutors feared he may leave the country. The sources said searches were under way in Milan. Italian prosecutors seized some 40 million euros last week as part of their investigation. The prosecution seizure order, seen by Reuters, said the funds belonged to Baldassarri and four other people. The five are suspected of criminal conspiracy to commit fraud, according to the prosecution document. The finance department headed by Baldassarri is at the heart of a derivatives scandal that has rocked Monte dei Paschi, which last week put losses stemming from three derivatives trades at 730 million euros.
ING to sell KB Financial stake for $675 m: IFR
Dutch financial services group ING plans to sell its remaining stake of around 5% in South Koreaís KB Financial Group Inc, a deal valued at up to $675 million, IFR reported on Thursday. ING is looking to divest several businesses in Asia, including its South Korean insurance unit, to help repay a 10 billion euro state bailout received during the global financial crisis. The Dutch company is
Be the first to comment.