Cattolica, searches and three notices of guarantee after the meeting

ROMA – The Guardia di Finanza carried out a search yesterday at the Cattolica Assicurazioni headquarters, for the acquisition of documents following Consob’s inspections and on behalf of the Verona Public Prosecutor’s Office, also notifying three guarantee information to the chairman of the board of directors. Paolo Bedoni, to the general manager Carlo Ferraresi and to the secretary of the board Alessandro Lai. The hypothesis of crime on which the magistrates are working is an illicit influence on the assembly. In the investigation, which was entrusted to the substitute prosecutor Alberto Sergi and head of the prosecutor Angela Barbaglio, there are also two other suspects.

The assessments, which follow the acquisition of documents made in December 2019, refer to the shareholders’ meetings held in April last year, when he was still driving as CEO Alberto Minali and at the assemblies of last June and of the one held on 31 July.

The last search in chronological order took place at the end of the shareholders’ meeting which gave the go-ahead, with the favorable vote of 71% of those entitled to the proposed transformation into a joint-stock company and consequent adoption of a new text statutory.

For its part, in a press release, the Cattolica group reiterates the “absolute correctness and regularity of the shareholders’ meeting operations being investigated”, specifying that the two meetings held in 2020 on which investigations are underway “took place with the intervention of a independent appointed representative, Computershare Spa, and therefore through IT-only collection and voting mechanisms and without the involvement of the company and its structures, hence the impossibility for these to intervene or affect the vote expressed by the shareholders “.

The company then announces that it has given “immediate and full collaboration to the investigative authority” and confirms “absolute confidence in a prompt clarification of the position”, finally clarifying that “the resolutions taken at the shareholders’ meeting of 31 July 2020 are valid for in all respects “and that” the important operation with Generali will continue as planned “.

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