The bank is due to launch a rights issue at the
end of May to help pay back a 4.1 billion euro state bailout
received after it was hit hard by the euro zone debt crisis and
a scandal over loss-making derivatives deals.
An increase in the amount to be raised would need approval first
from Monte Paschi's consortium of underwriting banks, then the
board of directors and finally an extraordinary meeting of
shareholders, which would probably mean the transaction would be
pushed forward, perhaps to June, ANSA said.
The capital increase was part of a restructuring demanded by
European Union regulators in order to approve the state aid.
It was not possible to reach Monte dei Paschi for comment.
UBS, the leading bank on the consortium guaranteeing the capital
increase, declined to comment.
(Reporting by Isla Binnie)
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