Banca Carige

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Banca CARIGE S.p.A
Società per azioni
Traded as BITCRG
Industry Bank
Founded 1483
Headquarters Genoa, Italy
Key people
Cesare Castelbarco Albani, Chairman
Piero Luigi Montani, CEO
Products Commercial banking, Investment banking, Private banking, Asset management
Revenue 205.4 mln (2009)
Number of employees
5,086 (2009)
Website Banca Carige

Banca Carige (acronym for "Cassa di Risparmio di Genova ed Imperia") is the largest bank in Liguria and one of the main banks in Italy. It was founded in 1483 in Genoa.
The bank's main shareholder is the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Genova e Imperia.


In 1483 the Franciscan Beato Angelo da Chivasso founded the Monte di Pietà of Genoa.
In 1846, with a decree of King Carlo Alberto was born the Cassa di Risparmio di Genova, that extends the basic financial services of the Monte di Pietà of Genoa to encourage and protect the small savings.
In the 19th century, the bank expanded in western Liguria, and in 1967 became the Cassa di Risparmio di Genova e Imperia.
In 1991 the bank became Banca Carige Spa and in 1992 create the Gruppo Banca Carige.
In January 1995 Banca Carige enter in the Borsa italiana.
In 1997 the Gruppo Banca Carige acquired some insurance companies.
In 2000 Carige Vita Nuova Assicurazioni was born from Basilese Vita Nuova, while in 2002 Carige Assicurazioni was founded from Levante Norditalia.
In 2000 the Gruppo Banca Carige acquired the Cassa di Risparmio di Savona and Banca del Monte di Lucca. Between 2000 and 2002, Carige has completed three acquisitions of branches from other banks: 21 branches from Banco di Sicilia, 61 from Banca Intesa group and 42 from the Capitalia Group in Piedmont, Lombardy, Veneto, Emilia Romagna, Tuscany, Lazio, Marche, Umbria, Puglia and Sicily.
In 2004 the bank has strengthened his position in Tuscany with the acquisition of the Cassa di Risparmio di Carrara and founded Carige Asset Management Sgr for management of financial products.
In 2004 the bank acquired the private bank Banca Cesare Ponti. In 2008, two major acquisitions are completed: 79 branches from Intesa Sanpaolo Group in Valle d'Aosta, Piedmont, Lombardy, Veneto, Sardinia and 40 branches by Unicredit Group in Lazio, Sicily, Emilia Romagna, Veneto, Umbria.
In 2010 the bank acquired 22 branches from Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena.[1]


The Gruppo Banca Carige is now one of the largest banks in Italy which offers banking, finance, pension fund and insurance solutions.
It has about 1100 branches distributed over 13 Italian regions with one branch in France (Nice) and more than two million customers.

In September 2013, Banca d'Italia (the Central Bank of Italy) blamed Carige for using accountancy tricks and being in a difficult situation due to derivatives the bank had bought from Deutsche Bank. Carige published a statement.[2] Banca d' Italia demands from Carige a new business plan by the end of october.[3][4]

The Gruppo Banca Carige is (as of January 2013) a financial group composed by:

  • Banca Carige Italia
  • Cassa di Risparmio di Savona
  • Cassa di Risparmio di Carrara
  • Banca del Monte di Lucca
  • Banca Cesare Ponti
  • Carige Asset Management Sgr
  • Carige Assicurazioni
  • Carige Vita Nuova
  • majority shareholder of Creditis Servizi Finanziari

Major shareholders[edit]

Main shareholders of Gruppo Banca Carige:

Data reported 30/09/2010[5]

Data reported 30/06/2011[6]

Data reported 30/09/2012[7]

Data reported 30/09/2013[8]

  • 46.634% Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Genova e Imperia
  • 43.098% shareholders < 2%
  • 9.989% BPCE IOM

Data reported 31/12/2013[9]

  • 46.63% Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Genova e Imperia
  • 37.38% shareholders < 2%
  • 6.00% Patto parasociale
  • 9.99% BPCE

Data reported 04/08/2014[9]

  • 19.18% Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Genova e Imperia
  • 65.99% shareholders < 2%
  • 3.57% UBS
  • 1.28% Patto parasociale
  • 9.98% BPCE

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