VTB bets big on digital

VTB bets big on digital

October 11, 2019

VTB has long lagged state-owned rival Sberbank in terms of profitability, but with sanctions limiting access to capital the pressure is on to close the gap – chairman Andrey Kostin explains why digital transformation and aggressive retail growth hold the key to success for Russia’s second-largest lender.

Turkey’s risk score still sliding

Turkey’s risk score still sliding

October 03, 2019

Contributors to Euromoney’s country risk survey are even more negative on the sovereign’s outlook, just as Erdogan’s comments on Syria have weakened the lira.

Non-recognition gives Kosovo a headache

Non-recognition gives Kosovo a headache

September 12, 2019
By LUCY FITZGEORGE-PARKER

It is 11 years since Kosovo declared independence from Serbia, and even now, only about half of the UN recognizes it as a free-standing sovereign state.

Banking: Is size the solution in CEE?

Banking: Is size the solution in CEE?

May 14, 2019
By LUCY FITZGEORGE-PARKER

Well-capitalized, liquid and digitally sophisticated, banks in emerging Europe today are far from the clunking incumbents and fly-by-nights of the post-socialist era.

CEE across the decades

CEE across the decades

May 14, 2019
By LUCY FITZGEORGE-PARKER

From communism to unbridled capitalism, from command economy to chaos to convergence, Euromoney’s coverage provides a unique insight into an unparalleled half-century in emerging Europe.

CEE home team advantage: The rise of the local investment banks

CEE home team advantage: The rise of the local investment banks

May 14, 2019
By LUCY FITZGEORGE-PARKER

Since 2008, rising local players have gained the upper hand over risk-averse global investment banks in emerging Europe as the flow of larger deals has declined, but that could change as regional firms start to flex their muscles on the global stage and China looms large.