PANAMA SCANDAL: Former Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo is adamant he has no off-shore accounts links with the Panama-scandal. Image: AFP / Andreas Solaro
Paris - Former Ferrari CEO, Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, one of Italy's most visible corporate managers, says he has no off-shore account in Panama.
Montezemolo said at a UniCredit bank board meeting on Thursday that a check of his records indicated that references to him in a database of leaked off-shore accounts were related to "proposals by my financial consultants about investments that were never made."
He added: "I can therefore confirm that I don't own any off-shore company, or any foreign account, and above all, I have done nothing wrong."
Montezemolo's name turned up in a media investigation of accounts set up by a Panama-based law firm. The documents indicate a series of contracts that listed Montezemolo, who is currently Alitalia chairman and on the UniCredit board, as head of a Panama-based company called Lenville, that was set up in 2007. At the time Di Montezemolo was chairman of Fiat, CEO of Ferrari and head of Italy's Confindustria industrial lobby.
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