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Cassa Depositi Said to Seek Advisers for Snam Stake Deal

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May 4 (Bloomberg) -- Cassa Depositi e Prestiti SpA, Italy’s state-owned lender, is seeking bids from investment banks to advise it on Eni SpA’s sale of a stake in gas distributor Snam SpA, according to two people familiar with the transaction.

Investment banks must submit proposals to the Rome-based lender, which is Eni’s biggest shareholder, by midday May 7, said one of the people, who declined to be identified because the talks are private. Cassa Depositi may seek a direct stake in Snam, the people said. A spokeswoman for Cassa Depositi declined to comment on the matter.

Cassa Depositi’s Chief Executive Officer Giovanni Gorno Tempini said April 18 that the bank is studying Snam as a potential investment.

Eni is preparing to sell its 6.5 billion-euro ($8.5 billion) holding in Snam after Prime Minister Mario Monti’s government earlier this year ordered the spinoff to increase competition and reduce consumer prices.

To contact the reporter on this story: Elisa Martinuzzi in Milan at emartinuzzi@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Edward Evans at eevans3@bloomberg.net