Latest articles from Central & Eastern Europe

Competition drives M&A

May 2, 2005

Competition is the main reason for Russian companies to buy others and realising value is the main reason to sell.Ben Aris reports from Moscow.

Intesa to buy 75% stake in Russian SME lender

May 2, 2005

Banca Intesa, Italy’s largest bank, has signed a share purchase agreement to acquire a 75% stake in Russia’s Small Business Credit Bank (KMB), a leading provider of lending and leasing to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

US cash surges in

May 2, 2005

US investments have helped to put Serbia on the right track, reports Eric Jansson.

Takeover trend

May 2, 2005

Serbia’s moribund banking system is getting a new lease of life as international banks go shopping. Eric Jansson reports from Belgrade.

Serbia's banking sector is gaining confidence

May 2, 2005

The reforming government of Vojislav Kostunica seems to have convinced the international community that Serbia has left its turbulent past behind. But regional tensions remain, and there is still much to be done. 

Serbian banking sector: Due for revival

May 2, 2005

The Serbian banking sector is working hard to put the setbacks of recent years behind it. Marianne Kager and Sándor Gardó report on progress so far.

Telecoms row escalates

May 2, 2005

Competition for Ukraine’s expanding telecoms market is fuelling disharmony between some of the leading players, as Ben Aris reports.

Bond market signals Ukrainian confidence

May 2, 2005

Heightened activity on Ukraine’s bond market is a clear reflection of companies’ faith in the country’s economic future. Ben Aris reports.

Transition banks up their game

May 2, 2005

The top 100 ranking banks in the EBRD transition countries reflect the sector’s ongoing success.

Not all rosy

May 2, 2005

Although Mr Profumo describes UniCredit’s aggressive expansion into central Europe (it owns Poland’s Bank Pekao, Croatia’s Zagrebacka Banka and Bulgaria’s Bulbank) as “a great opportunity that offers the potential for enormous value creation”, the fact remains that the EU newcomers face daunting challenges in institutional and structural reforms.

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