In December 2020, the Board of Directors of Banca Ifis approved the update of the “Internal policies on the control of risk-bearing assets and of conflicts of interest concerning associated persons” and of the “Procedure for the management of transactions with Associated Persons”. These documents outline the Bank’s approach in effectively monitoring the risks related to conflicts of interest arising in transactions with related parties and persons related thereto.
The Board also adopted a Policy on Personal Transactions (last updated in February 2020) to facilitate the identification and proper management of situations in which a director holds an interest on their own behalf or on that of third parties.
The regulation of related-party transactions aims to monitor the risk that the proximity of certain persons to the decision-making organs of the Bank and its subsidiaries may compromise the objectivity and impartiality of decisions that relate to the granting of loans and other transactions, with possible distortion of the process by which resources are allocated, the exposure of the bank to inadequately measured or monitored risks and potential damage to depositors and shareholders.
In this perspective, the term “related parties” refers, first of all, to the representatives, main shareholders and other persons who can affect the Bank’s management as they are able to exercise control, also jointly with other persons, or significant influence. Conflict of interest situations may also arise in relation to – often industrial – undertakings that are controlled or subject to significant influence in relation to which the bank is significantly exposed in the form of loans and ownership interests.