Latest articles from Robert Anderson

The long road back: Volatile Times

May 5, 2009

Without an injection of millions of euros from the international banking community, Parex Bank would have gone under last November. But just six months on, Robert Anderson reports on Latvia's second largest bank's slow, but steady recovery.

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Counting the cost: Volatile Times

May 5, 2009

The aggressive increase in residential and commercial real estate lending in the three Baltic states by Swedbank and SEB has left the two institutions painfully exposed to the market crash. Robert Anderson reports

A state of immunity

May 5, 2008

Conservatism, strong deposit bases and past consolidation bode well for Finland’s banks in the global credit squeeze, writes Robert Anderson.

Where Russia meets the EU

February 4, 2008

Formed in 1992, Parex has seen off various crises to become Latvia’s second largest bank by selling itself as a channel into western Europe for Russian investors. Robert Anderson reports.

Light at end of the tunnel over Czech IPB fiasco

September 4, 2006

After six years of bitter legal wrangling over who was to blame for the downfall of the once mighty IPB bank, Nomura Securities and the Czech government may be about to bury the hatchet. Robert Anderson recounts the acrimonious tale.

Central European giant looks to Balkans for new borrowers

June 6, 2005

With central Europe already wrapped up, Erste Bank is having to look for ways to make its mature Czech and Polish markets more productive – and for new clientele, writes Robert Anderson in Prague.
Erste Bank’s dramatic expansion drive from Austria into the rest of the old Hapsburg Empire has now reached maturity. Last year it became the largest financial provider in central Europe in terms of assets, after already leading in terms of customers.

Auctions fuel growing distressed debt market

February 3, 2004

The Czech Republic’s distressed debt market is burgeoning. If insolvency law and other legal obstacles are addressed, banks could begin to extend new loans with confidence, says Robert Anderson.

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