Interbanca S.p.A. was an Italian merchant bank that specializes in lending and financing transactions for medium-sized firms. Its headquarters are in Milan and it has 10 branches in major cities throughout Italy.

FormerlyGE Capital Interbanca
Company typeSubsidiary
IndustryFinancial services
Defunct23 October 2017
Fateabsorbed by the parent company
HeadquartersMilan, Italy
  • corporate banking
  • leasing
  • factoring
Increase (€0057 million) (2016)
Total assetsDecrease €2.204 billion (2016)
Total equityDecrease0868 million (2016)
OwnerBanca IFIS
Number of employees
Decrease 202 (2016)
ParentBanca IFIS
IFIS Leasing(100%)
IFIS Factoring(100%)
IFIS Rental Services(100%)
Capital ratioIncrease 37.4% (CET1)
Footnotes / references
in separate balance sheet[1]

Following a series of acquisitions in the Italian banking industry, Interbanca became a subsidiary of Banco Santander. In March 2008, the bank was purchased by GE Commercial Finance and renamed to GE Capital Interbanca. It was sold to Banca IFIS in November 2016, as part of a strategy by GE to reduce its financial services division. The bank is under Banca IFIS Impresa division of the group.



A consortium of banks comprising Banco Ambrosiano, Banca d'America e d'Italia, and Banca Nazionale dell'Agricoltura, founded Interbanca – Banca per i Finanziamenti a Medio Termine in 1961. By 1997 it had come under the control of Banca Antonveneta, which in 1999 acquired Banca Nazionale dell'Agricoltura. In June 1999, its parent listed Interbanca on the stock exchange, but then in February 2003 wholly acquired it. [citation needed]

In 2006, ABN AMRO acquired Antonveneta, only to be itself acquired by a consortium consisting of The Royal Bank of Scotland Group, Fortis, and Santander. Banco Santander took control of Antonveneta in October 2007 and sold it on to Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena in November at a 36% premium over the valuation for the acquisition. Although Banco Santander had sold Antonveneta, it retained Interbanca for the time being.[2]

In March 2008, Santander sold Interbanca to GE Commercial Finance, receiving in return GE Money businesses in Germany, Finland and Austria, and GE's Card and Auto Financing Businesses in the UK.[citation needed]

In May 2015, GE appointed the Deutsche Bank to sell the Interbanca, then had a net assets of over 1,000,000,000.[3]

In 2016 Banca IFIS acquired Interbanca for €160 million, with an obligation to repay the inter-company debt, totalling €2.1 billion, to GE.[4]

Interbanca was merged with the parent company Banca IFIS on 23 October 2017.[5][6]


  1. ^ "2016 Relazioni e Bilancio" (in Italian). Banca IFIS. 30 March 2017. Retrieved 1 April 2017.
  2. ^ "Santander and Monte dei Paschi di Siena: agreement on Antonveneta". Retrieved 2019-07-06.
  3. ^ Barbaglia, Pamela (28 May 2015). "General Electric hires Deutsche Bank to sell Italian lender Interbanca - sources". Reuters. Retrieved 26 December 2015.
  4. ^ "Banca IFIS, finalized today the acquisition of GE Capital Interbanca" (Press release). Banca IFIS. 30 November 2016. Retrieved 28 December 2016.
  5. ^ "Banca IFIS, deed of merger of Interbanca into Banca IFIS signed" (Press release). Banca IFIS. 3 October 2017. Retrieved 28 November 2017.
  6. ^ "BRIEF-Banca IFIS: deed of merger of Interbanca into Banca IFIS signed". Reuters. 4 October 2017. Retrieved 28 November 2017.