LONDON Oct 4 Four bidders are vying for
UniCredit's fund management arm Pioneer as the auction
for the $3.35 billion unit moves to the second round of bidding,
sources familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.
Europe's biggest asset manager Amundi and an
Italian consortium led by Poste Italiane are seen as
the frontrunners after submitting the highest non-binding offers
in September, the sources said.
But two other companies, Australia's Macquarie and
British group Aberdeen Asset Management, are also
interested in the business which has over 220 billion euros
($245.48 billion)of assets under management, the sources said.
UniCredit, Amundi, Poste Italiane, Macquarie and Aberdeen
declined to comment.
UniCredit seeks to raise around 3 billion euros ($3.35
billion) from the sale of Pioneer, a deal seen as crucial to
plug a gap in its capital requirements estimated to be as big as
8 billion euros.
(Reporting by Pamela Barbaglia, additonal reporting by Maya
Nikolaeva; Editing by Rachel Armstrong)