Latest articles from Stefanie Linhardt

Riccardo Orcel

How Russia’s VTB Capital has grown domestically and internationally

May 2, 2016

Riccardo Orcel, the head of global banking at VTB Capital, speaks to Stefanie Linhardt about cultivating the bank’s domestic Russian operation and taking an idiosyncratic approach to growing business in global markets. 

Privatisation comes of age in central and eastern Europe

Privatisation comes of age in central and eastern Europe

May 2, 2016

The south-eastern European states formerly associated with the Soviet Union have been slow to privatise state-owned assets when compared with their western European neighbours, but political reforms and softening attitudes mean fresh momentum is spurring a wave of long-delayed sell-offs in the region, particularly in Serbia and Slovenia.

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EBRD president celebrates 25 years of development

May 2, 2016

As the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development celebrates its silver anniversary, president Suma Chakrabarti tells Stefanie Linhardt why the bank is looking south to the Mediterranean and beyond in search of new opportunities.

Slovenia's finance minister looks to keep the good news coming

April 25, 2016

Slovenia's minister of finance, Dušan Mramor, tells Stefanie Linhardt how he is overseeing the reduction of its budget deficit, economic growth, rising employment and a burgeoning privatisation programme.

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CEE Stock Exchange Group adopts new 'sharing' strategy

April 1, 2016

Having shed two of its assets – the exchanges of Budapest and Ljubljana – the CEE Stock Exchange Group, with owner Vienna Stock Exchange at the helm, is steering a new strategic course. Its aim, as Stefanie Linhardt reports, is to become a leading service provider for central and eastern Europe's exchanges. 

Polish banks face blow to profits

April 1, 2016

An influx of taxes on the Polish banking sector, increasingly levels of regulation and 2015's collapse of SK Bank are threatening to add up to a large bill for the country's banks – meaning that profits are under threat. 

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Slovenia CBG looks to keep up recovery momentum

March 1, 2016

Slovenia's economy was in a precarious position, even by current European standards, as recently as 2013. The country's central bank governor, Boštjan Jazbec, explains how a return to health has been achieved through methods that were not universally popular.

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Europe’s growth prospects: what will 2016 bring?

March 1, 2016

After a turbulent few years, Europe faces political pressure over the Syrian refugee crisis, the prospect of a Brexit and further financial instability within the eurozone, with Greece never far from the news. Stefanie Linhardt speaks to seven economists about the region's prospects for the coming 12 months.

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Slovenia's small steps towards recovery

March 1, 2016

While consolidation is likely to change the face of Slovenia’s banking system in the coming years, in the near term issues with low profitability are top of the agenda. And, despite the creation of a bad bank to expunge the problem of non-performing loans, many banks still have a far from healthy loan book.

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Have PPPs reached a dead end in western Europe?

February 1, 2016

A dearth of greenfield infrastructure opportunities combined with unsupportive governments have burst the public-private partnership bubble in western Europe, with deal flow decreasing dramatically from its peak in 2007. Stefanie Linhardt reports on whether this trend will prove to be terminal.

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