The battle for Privatbank: part two

The battle for Privatbank: part two

By LUCY FITZGEORGE-PARKER

Handing Ukraine’s largest bank back to its former shareholders would amount to economic suicide – but speculation is rising that leading presidential candidates plan to do just that.

Hungary’s MKB restructures around digital

Hungary’s MKB restructures around digital

By LUCY FITZGEORGE-PARKER

Can the combination of core banking system replacement and a pioneering fintech programme help re-privatized lender MKB Bank leapfrog its rivals in the Hungarian market in the race for technological supremacy?

How digital is transforming CEE banking

How digital is transforming CEE banking

By LUCY FITZGEORGE-PARKER

Banks in emerging Europe have long outperformed many of their western peers in the race for digitalization – now a handful of pioneers are taking it to the next level and using technology to transform the banking landscape across the region.

Belt and Road: Montenegro takes the high road

Belt and Road: Montenegro takes the high road

By LUCY FITZGEORGE-PARKER

In 2018, Montenegro was named as one of the countries most at risk from over-indebtedness to China for the €809 million Bar-Boljare highway, dubbed a ‘road to nowhere’, but in Podgorica, enthusiasm for the project is still running high.

Foreign investors eye Uzbekistan’s banking sector

Foreign investors eye Uzbekistan’s banking sector

By LUCY FITZGEORGE-PARKER

The opening up of central Asia’s largest market after a decade of isolation has sparked intense interest in its underdeveloped banking sector among fund managers and regional groups alike.

Explosive growth pushes CEE risk to new lows

Explosive growth pushes CEE risk to new lows

By JEREMY WELTMAN

Investor risk is at its lowest than at any time this decade, as countries in the region exhibit improving fiscal metrics thanks to grade-one economic conditions – but will they last?

SocGen scales back ambitions in CEE

SocGen scales back ambitions in CEE

By LUCY FITZGEORGE-PARKER

While others race for scale in the region, Société Générale has become the first of the big regional groups to dismantle its network voluntarily.

Emerging Europe: Sovcombank’s star rises

Emerging Europe: Sovcombank’s star rises

By LUCY FITZGEORGE-PARKER

Five years ago it was a niche player specializing in consumer loans for the elderly – today Sovcombank is one of Russia’s largest privately owned banks, with a clutch of new shareholders from China and the Gulf.

Moldova: O tempora, O Tories!

Moldova: O tempora, O Tories!

Britain’s Conservative Party has been at pains to distance itself from the mainstream of European politics in recent years, but seems remarkably comfortable in its murkier shallows.

Poland strides ahead, unconvincingly

Poland strides ahead, unconvincingly

By JEREMY WELTMAN

Euromoney’s latest risk survey has downgraded Poland again – despite its strong economic growth – as the populist-conservative government completes its third of four years in office.

Impact banking: Erste – the social banking network

Impact banking: Erste – the social banking network

By LUCY FITZGEORGE-PARKER

The transition to capitalism has brought prosperity to much of emerging Europe but left large sections of society struggling to catch up – now Austria’s Erste Group is going back to its roots to bring prosperity to the region through social banking.