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Highest Movers table shows story after China

July 1, 2013

The Highest Movers table of the Top 1000 has had a distinctly Chinese feel to it in recent years, but 2013's ranking shows rapid growth among financial institutions the world over, including in Europe's crisis economies.

Technology drives Russian retail banking revolution

Technology drives Russian retail banking revolution

May 1, 2013

Growth rates and returns on consumer lending in Russia are remarkable, but the market demands increasing levels of sophistication to ensure success.

Foreign banks outperform locals in Russia

April 5, 2013
Foreign banks in Russia - top 10 by return on assets

A number of foreign banks scaled back operations in Russia after the financial crisis, but those that remain are generating very high returns in many cases.

Russian bank consolidation set to continue

Top 100 Russian Banks: consolidation set to continue

February 1, 2013

Acquisitions by both private and state-owned banks in Russia are gradually concentrating the top end of the banking sector, but the long tail of closely held and regional banks remains.

TEASER-Moscow Exchange steps up equity prospects

Moscow Exchange steps up equity prospects

February 1, 2013

The merger of two stock exchanges and work to bring operations into line with international standards gives Moscow the potential to claw back Russian equity offerings from other markets.

Boom time for Russia’s consumer lenders

January 14, 2013
Russian consumer lenders

Banks specialising in consumer lending are earning impressive returns in Russia, but state and foreign-owned players still dominate the banking sector as a whole.

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Emerging market banks stake claims in commodities

December 3, 2012

With balance sheet clean-ups continuing in Europe and the US, banks in emerging markets have grabbed the opportunity to forge stronger relationships with local commodity producers. 

how Sberbank is looking beyond Russia

Gref's global vision: how Sberbank is looking beyond Russia

November 1, 2012

The acquisition of an investment bank and subsidiaries across emerging Europe are transforming Sberbank from Russia's retail savings bank of choice into a genuine international player, just as Western competitors are retreating. But its management team is treading carefully.


Renaissance Capital investment bank head seeks emerging market niche

August 1, 2012

After leading Morgan Stanley’s equities business outside the Americas, John Hyman is working to position Renaissance Capital as a focused player in a number of very different markets across emerging Europe and Africa.

teaser-russian first marks WestLBs last stand

Russian first marks WestLB’s last stand

August 1, 2012

A diversified payment rights securitisation for ZAO Raiffeisenbank reopened this important source of funding in Russia for the first time since the financial crisis, but joint lead manager WestLB will not be around to manage follow-up deals.

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