Monte dei Paschi’s Last-ditch Rescue Plan Faces High Hurdles

With the ink barely dry on its bailout plan, Italian bank Monte dei Paschi di Siena faces a Herculean task convincing investors to back a third recapitalization in as many years and avert a banking crisis that would send shockwaves across Europe.┬áTo stave off the risk of being wound down, the world’s oldest bank hastily unveiled the private sector-backed rescue blueprint late on Friday. It came just hours before the lender emerged as the worst performer in European stress tests that showed its capital would be entirely wiped out in a severe economic downturn.

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