The European Commission has opened a formal investigation under EU State aid rules into financial aid totalling EUR 40.7 million that Italy intends to grant to Legler S.p.A., a denim textile producer. For several years Legler has had financial problems and is currently undergoing restructuring. To help with the restructuring, Italy proposes to grant loans of EUR 26.2 million, and to convert debts of EUR 14.5 million into capital. At this stage, the Commission questions the compliance of the aid with the EU guidelines on restructuring and whether the debt conversion would conform to the “private investor” principle.