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Asset Sales Loom As Monte Dei Paschi Seeks To Fill Capital Hole

By Silvia Aloisi and Pamela Barbaglia MILAN/LONDON (Reuters) - Italy's Monte dei Paschi di Siena is likely to have to sell assets to fill a capital hole uncovered by European regulators, with shareholders reluctant to stump up cash after a recent fundraising and would-be buyers of the bank holding back. Investment bankers say a takeover may be inevitable, but it is not going to happen overnight, leaving Italy's third-biggest bank scrambling to plug at least part of its capital shortfall before it finds a white knight.
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