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ROME, April 14 (Reuters) - Generali said on Thursday that it had filed a complaint with Consob, a market regulator, for allegations of "incorrect and defamatory" statements made to the press by Luciano Cirina and investor Francesco Gaetano Caltagirone.
Generali said in a statement that the filing "exhorts the regulator to exercise its powers in writing about communications concerning regulated companies and the legality of the process of solicitation of proxy."
Due to the severity of the obligations to provide accurate information to shareholders, investors, and the market, its board has also decided to initiate criminal and civil legal proceedings on the subject.
Caltagirone's spokesperson has declined to comment.
The third largest insurer in Europe is at the centre of a shareholder dispute over the board and the reaping of CEO Philippe Donnet.
Caltagirone, the insurer's second largest investor, who owns more than 9% of Generali, has put up his own candidates for the most out of the competition.
Cirina, the former head of Austria and the CEE countries at the insurer, has been appointed CEO candidate for Caltagirone and was dismissed by Generali at the end of March after securing a seat with the Italian magnate.
Reuters was not inadvertently able to contact Cirina.