The battle for Privatbank: part two

The battle for Privatbank: part two

February 20, 2019
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

February 12, 2019
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

February 11, 2019
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

January 08, 2019
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

January 07, 2019
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

December 17, 2018
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

November 26, 2018
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.

CEE banking: Go big or go home

CEE banking: Go big or go home

November 21, 2018

Bulk up, or leave it to those with the finances and the commitment to the region to see if they can make a success of it.

Emerging Europe: Sovcombank’s star rises

Emerging Europe: Sovcombank’s star rises

November 06, 2018
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!

October 30, 2018

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

October 19, 2018
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.