Reuters

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 said on Sunday it would press ahead with a last-ditch plan to raise 5 billion euros ($5.32 billion) 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)