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Case Title:

Parmalat's Collapse: The Banks' Bad Debts

Publication Year : 2004

Authors: Siva Rama Krishna & T Phani Madhav

Industry: Food, Diary and Agriculture Products


Case Code: FAC0011

Teaching Note: Not Available

Structured Assignment: Not Available

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In December 2003, the world witnessed the swift downfall of the Italian dairy giant Parmalat Finanziaria SpA, which for a long time, was considered as the icon of Italy's business community. The scandal that led to the stunning downfall of Parmalat was called 'one of the largest and most brazen corporate frauds in history' by the US market watchdog Securities and Exchange Commission. It was believed that Parmalat operated through a network of 200 subsidiaries, which the company used to raise finances from the banks. Investigations into the scandal brought many banks into the spotlight.

Pedagogical Objectives:

  • To discuss the financial details of Parmalat and the means through which it raised funds from banks
  • To discuss the role of special purpose vehicles set up by Parmalat to raise money from banks to fund its expansion
  • To discuss the flaws/mistakes made by banks in failing to realise the company's wrong motives as well as troubles.

Keywords : Corporate Governance Case Study, Securities and Exchange Commission, Europe's Enron, Bank of America, Citigroup, Calisto Tanzi, Bonlat, Deutsche Bank, Merrill Lynch, UBS, Parmalat expansion, Enrico Bondi, Bankruptcy, Buconero

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