The Intesa Sanpaolo Group, with 11.1 million customers and approximately 4,000 branches in Italy, is the country’s leading banking group. It is also one of the top banking groups in Europe.
The Group was formed in January 2007 following the merger of Sanpaolo IMI and Banca Intesa. Both these banks were already key players in the Italian market and had contributed to the consolidation process of the country’s banking industry.
The Group also has strategic operations in Central and Eastern Europe and in Middle Eastern and North African countries. It is among the top players in several countries with 7.8 million customers and a network of approximately 1,200 branches. Through its local subsidiary banks, the Intesa Sanpaolo Group ranks first in Serbia, second in Croatia and Slovakia, fourth in Albania, fifth in Egypt, seventh in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia and Hungary.
As at 31 December 2016, the Intesa Sanpaolo Group had total assets of 725,100 million euro, customer loans of 364,713 million euro, direct deposits from banking business of 393,798 million euro and direct deposits from insurance business and technical reserves of 144,098 million euro.
The Group operates through seven business units:
The Banca dei Territori division: focus on the market and centrality of the territory for stronger relations with individuals, small and medium-sized businesses and non-profit entities. The division includes the Italian subsidiary banks and the activities in industrial credit, leasing and factoring carried out through Mediocredito Italiano.
The Corporate and Investment Banking division: a global partner which supports, taking a medium-long term view, the balanced and sustainable development of corporates and financial institutions, both nationally and internationally. Its main activities include capital markets and investment banking carried out through Banca IMI. The division is present in 28 countries where it facilitates the cross-border activities of its customers through a specialist network made up of branches, representative offices, and subsidiary banks focused on corporate banking. The division operates in the public finance sector as a global partner for public administration.
The International Subsidiary Banks division: includes the following commercial banking subsidiaries: Intesa Sanpaolo Bank Albania, Intesa Sanpaolo Banka Bosna i Hercegovina in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Privredna Banka Zagreb in Croatia, the Prague branch of VUB Banka in the Czech Republic, Bank of Alexandria in Egypt, CIB Bank in Hungary, Intesa Sanpaolo Bank Romania, Banca Intesa in the Russian Federation, Banca Intesa Beograd in Serbia, VUB Banka in Slovakia and Intesa Sanpaolo Bank in Slovenia.
The Private Banking division: serves the customer segment consisting of Private clients and High Net Worth Individuals with the offering of products and services tailored for this segment. The division includes Fideuram - Intesa Sanpaolo Private Banking, with approximately 5,850 private bankers.
The Asset Management division: asset management solutions targeted at the Group’s customers, commercial networks outside the Group, and the institutional clientele. The division includes Eurizon, with 239 billion euro of assets under management.
The Insurance division: insurance and pension products tailored for the Group’s clients. The division includes Intesa Sanpaolo Vita, Fideuram Vita, and Intesa Sanpaolo Assicura with direct deposits and technical reserves of 144 billion euro.
Capital Light Bank: set up to extract greater value from non-core activities through the workout of non-performing loans and repossessed assets, the sale of non-strategic equity stakes, and proactive management of other non-core assets (including Pravex-Bank in Ukraine).