Neil Unmack is a Reuters Breakingviews Associate Editor based in London. He covers credit markets, hedge funds, and Italy. Previously he was a corporate finance reporter at Bloomberg News in London. He started his career as a financial journalist in 2001 at Euromoney Institutional Investor, where he covered structured finance for EuroWeek magazine. He was educated at Eton College and Oxford University, graduating with a first class degree in modern languages.
France and Germany want to set up a pot of money to fund investment in the euro zone. The fund will only be available to those who comply with EU fiscal rules. The idea is a nice one but there may be too little money and too much complexity for the incentive to be effective.
The board’s decision to sack Amos Genish reflects heightened tensions between activist Elliott and top shareholder Vivendi over the Italian telco’s future. Their next battle will be over the mooted breakup of the group. With competition at home, the timing could hardly be worse.
Funds are flowing out of the Swiss group that suspended a money manager over compliance issues. Its stock has nearly halved in value since the scandal broke but the case for a takeover is far from compelling. The risk of haemorrhaging more assets will deter potential acquirers.