Brassac restores Crédit Agricole's Spirit of Conquest

Brassac restores Crédit Agricole's Spirit of Conquest

By DOMINIC O’NEILL

After a bloodless revolution at the eurozone’s second biggest banking group, Philippe Brassac says he has engineered a return to Crédit Agricole’s origins, rooted in French regional banking. Now he is aiming to revive the group’s appetite for foreign expansion. Can Brassac prevent a repetition of his predecessors’ international errors and avoid falling victim to another coup?

Strobl lights up Raiffeisen’s recovery

Strobl lights up Raiffeisen’s recovery

By LUCY FITZGEORGE-PARKER

Three years ago, Raiffeisen Bank International was on the casualty list – today it is again one of the best-performing banks in Europe. New chief executive Johann Strobl discusses restructuring, regulation and getting back to ‘real banking’.

Bank Pekao brings back the bison

Bank Pekao brings back the bison

By LUCY FITZGEORGE-PARKER

Michal Krupinski looks to shake off the legacy of UniCredit with big plans for Poland’s second-largest lender. But will he be given a chance to implement them?

Italy banking: How Carige beat the clock

Italy banking: How Carige beat the clock

By DOMINIC O’NEILL

Banca Carige pulled off a recapitalization last December that even chief executive Paolo Fiorentino thought difficult. It raised more than four times its market cap, just ahead of an ECB deadline. Euromoney asks how he did it and how the bank can reward its investors.

Restructured Renaissance Capital picks its battles

Restructured Renaissance Capital picks its battles

By LUCY FITZGEORGE-PARKER

A cost-cutting drive and a dearth of deal making at home have made for a turbulent few years at RenCap. But now the Russian economy is recovering, the investment bank is rediscovering its appetite for expansion – at home and abroad.

New SBI chairman wants financial strength above all else

New SBI chairman wants financial strength above all else

By CHRIS WRIGHT

Arundhati Bhattacharya left big shoes to fill as chair of State Bank of India, but Rajnish Kumar’s arrival has coincided with a handy recapitalization of public sector banks that will help him achieve his main aim.

Can von Koskull make Nordea more than the sum of its parts?

Can von Koskull make Nordea more than the sum of its parts?

By DOMINIC O’NEILL

Nordea is the biggest and most-diversified Nordic bank and has attributes for which Nordic lenders are admired. CEO Casper von Koskull has focused on returns over growth, cheered on by chair Björn Wahlroos. Yet it remains among the region’s least-profitable banks.

Western Europe: LBBW – Why Rainer Neske feels at home in Stuttgart

Western Europe: LBBW – Why Rainer Neske feels at home in Stuttgart

By PHILIP MOORE

LBBW’s new chief executive has put together an ambitious and far-reaching strategy for the state-owned German bank that will surprise many. Can his focus on corporates, international expansion, capital markets and fintech work when private-sector banks are failing?

Old-fashioned Evercore makes it to the major leagues

Old-fashioned Evercore makes it to the major leagues

By PETER LEE

The 20-year-old investment bank has jumped up the advisory league tables thanks to high-profile hires from top firms. It now regularly takes lead roles in the biggest and most complex M&A transactions. Rising revenues are funding international expansion. Its aim for the future is to become a top-five global M&A adviser. But, in many ways, Evercore is a throwback to Wall Street’s past.

Komercijalna Banka: Selling Serbia’s sleeping beauty

Komercijalna Banka: Selling Serbia’s sleeping beauty

By LUCY FITZGEORGE-PARKER

Komercijalna Banka was in urgent need of modernization ahead of a planned privatization – enter Alexander Picker, an Austrian who has made a career of bringing socialist-era lenders into the 21st century.

Halyk takes the hot seat in Kazakhstan

Halyk takes the hot seat in Kazakhstan

By LUCY FITZGEORGE-PARKER

Cautious Halyk Bank has been largely immune from the upheavals that have shaken the Kazakh banking sector; will buying troubled market leader KKB bring an end to the group’s bull run or create a new regional player?

Narev prepares to leave Commonwealth Bank

Narev prepares to leave Commonwealth Bank

By CHRIS WRIGHT

When accusations of anti-money-laundering failures became the latest hit to Commonwealth Bank of Australia’s reputation, chief executive Ian Narev announced his retirement, but first he spoke to Euromoney about the challenges of banking in a market where everyone’s a critic.

UniCredit: Mustier’s magical year

UniCredit: Mustier’s magical year

By DOMINIC O’NEILL and MARK BAKER

As a self-described ‘insider-outsider’, Jean Pierre Mustier’s return to UniCredit has transformed the image of Italy’s biggest bank – inside and out – over an extraordinary 12 months as CEO.

Russia crisis proves rewarding for nimble BCS

Russia crisis proves rewarding for nimble BCS

By LUCY FITZGEORGE-PARKER

Roman Lokhov has transformed BCS from a Russian retail broker to a full-service investment bank through a combination of technology, transparency and opportunism. Now he is looking to bring a new generation of Russian companies to the global markets.