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Special focus: Central and Eastern Europe

Central Europe and the euro; Which of Russia’s regions do you need to get to know better?; Meet the man who has been finding oil two feet underground in Kazakhstan; OTP’s CEO remains fiercely ambitious and stubbornly independent; Romania’s privatization is paying off; Balkan region.

Central Europe
 
 
    Does east follow west to the euro?
 
After EU accession in 2004, the next target for central Europe’s governments is the euro. In the scramble to comply with the Maastricht criteria, have they started to borrow techniques, invented by their western European counterparts, for massaging the numbers? Kathryn Wells reports, with research by Pauline Thomas.
Euromoney September 2006

Russia
 
 
    Investors delve into Russia’s regions
 
Foreign investors have made fortunes investing in Russia. But now they are looking to go deeper, and are packing their bags to discover Russia’s regions. Julian Evans reports from three of Russia’s developing regions.
Euromoney September 2006
    Russian asset managers look to retail for growth
 
Increasingly sophisticated Russian retail investors are seeking new products to beat interest rate returns. Patrick Gill reports.
Euromoney September 2006

Kazakhstan
 
 
    Max Petroleum: To infinity and beyond?
 
Only incorporated in 2005, Almaty-based Max Petroleum shows that smaller, independent energy companies can still make their mark against the more powerful Russian and global firms.
Euromoney September 2006
    Visor declares a state of independence
 
Kazakh investment banking boutique Visor Capital believes it can offer clients a bridge between local and international markets. It is looking to open up new avenues for corporates and international investors alike. Can it compete with the more established competition?
Euromoney September 2006
    Following the Compass: a mutual fund attraction?
 
Compass Asset Management’s chief investment officer expects his funds under management to grow from $20 million to $100 million in the next 12 months. Is Kazakhstan the next great emerging Europe play?
Euromoney September 2006
    TuranAlem tries to climb up the ladder
 
Bank TuranAlem is growing fast and has set its sights on toppling the largest bank in the country, Kazkommertsbank. The next stage in its growth strategy could involve an IPO to attract international investors.
Euromoney September 2006
Emerging Europe
 
 
    OTP: predator or prey?
 
Hungary’s OTP Bank dominates its domestic market, but can it compete with regional powerhouses such as Raiffeisen International and UniCredit, or is it in danger of being swallowed up itself? Kathryn Wells meets OTP’s long-serving chief executive, Sandor Csanyi, to find out.
Euromoney September 2006

Romania
 
 
    Romania’s privatization starts to pay off
 
Foreign banks are pushing the sector forward even as the rewards come in. The capital market is also showing signs of life but would benefit from more determined decision-making. Florian Neuhof reports.
Euromoney September 2006

Turkey
 
 
    Sabanci redefines the family business
 
Güler Sabanci, who chairs Turkey’s Sabanci Group, talks to Peter Koh about foreign partnerships, international expansion, the group’s strategic direction and the difficulties of running a family business.
Euromoney September 2006

Balkan region
 
 
    Ahead of the investment curve in the Balkans
 
As an investor dedicated to the region, East Capital Asset Management is in the vanguard of a growing breed. Oonagh Leighton reports.
Euromoney September 2006
    Mainstream Macedonia
 
With a successful Eurobond behind it, the republic is beginning to fulfil its promise as a strategic part of the Balkans. Oonagh Leighton reports.
Euromoney September 2006
   The new Economics Arms Race
   The US is buried under a mountain of debt, much of it owned by past or current enemies.   The ageing, ill man of Europe gets older and sicker. New economies of the Middle East, Latin America, emerging Europe and Asia are using windfalls to build for the future, and exert their influence across the globe. This is the new financial order. Markets will never be the same again.

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