ROME -(Dow Jones)- The Italian banking foundation that controls Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena SpA (BMPS.MI), Italy's third largest bank, said Wednesday it has agreed with its lenders to postpone to May a deadline to reach an agreement to bring down its debt.
In a statement, Fondazione Monte dei Paschi di Siena said the negotiations are at "very advanced" levels and the only the "last details" are needed for its debt restructuring.
The previous standstill agreement with the creditors expired Monday.
The foundation has also started selling part of its controlling stake in the bank to raise capital.
-By Liam Moloney, Dow Jones Newswires; +39 06 6976 6924; email@example.com
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May 02, 2012 04:59 ET (08:59 GMT)
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