Latest articles from Stefanie Linhardt

Top 1000 World Banks – Western Europe's global standing diminishes again

June 29, 2016

A patchy economic performance in western Europe in 2015 saw its lenders slide further down the global rankings. HSBC is clinging on to its global top 10 position, however, while there is some good news for Greek and Italian lenders.

Top 1000 World Banks – Russia survives rouble depreciation to retain CEE lead

June 29, 2016

Russian banks have suffered through the stormy financial conditions of the past two years, but its lenders remain the largest in the central and eastern Europe region. However, Romania, and Banca Transilvania in particular, provide the region's good news story.

Top 1000 World Banks – North America and western Europe close profits gap on Asia-Pacific

June 29, 2016

Its share of global return on capital may have fallen, but Asia-Pacific still leads in profits. On the rise are western Europe, North America and the Middle East, while Latin America and the caribbean, central and eastern Europe and Africa all recorded smaller shares.

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The rehabilitation of Austria’s Volksbanken

June 1, 2016

After a scare from the European Central Bank, Austria’s Volksbanken banking consortium has pursued an ambitious strategy of streamlining and consolidation with the aim of returning to profitability and repaying €300m in state aid 

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Austrian province of Carinthia becomes a BRRD test case

June 1, 2016

Hypo Alpe Adria – now known as Heta – is a 'bad bank' from the Austrian region of Carinthia that is the first to be wound down according to the EU's Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive. Stefanie Linhardt assesses the situation and looks at who the winners and losers will be.

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Austria’s banking overhaul

June 1, 2016

Austria is dealing with the same digitalisation and profitability issues as the rest of the eurozone, but insiders are confident the enforced upheaval in the country’s banking sector will have positive long-term benefits.

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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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