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Open market

May 7, 2007

Merger and acquisition activity is heating up in Greece, with surprise takeover bids, religious opposition and major privatisation. investigates.

Bilateral benefits

May 7, 2007

The chairman of National Bank of Greece, Takis Arapoglou, discusses the acquisition of Turkey’s Finansbank and developments closer to home.

Banks jostle for position

May 7, 2007

Greek bankers are confident that the credit sector will continue to expand as the country catches up with its European partners. Kerin Hope reports on developments in a still underbanked country.

Ahead of the game

May 7, 2007

The Greek economy is beating expectations, sweeping away fears of a post-Olympics slowdown. Kerin Hope reports on a boom in the shipping industry, the trend in infrastructure improvements and banks’ survival strategies.

Greek banks stretch out

June 5, 2006

Most global players have largely ignored south-east Europe, but Alpha Bank and other Greek banks are showing the potential of cross-border retail banking in the region, says Stephen Timewell.

Deal augurs new era for Greeks in Turkey

May 2, 2006

The deal struck between National Bank of Greece to buy Turkey’s Finansbank is likely to be the first in a line of cross-border acquisitions. Kerin Hope reports.

Old foes eschew nationalism in south-east Europe banking deal

May 2, 2006

National Bank of Greece’s purchase of Turkey’s Finansbank, and other cross-border deals, counter continent’s protectionism adherents.

Greek banks turn attention to Turkish market

June 6, 2005

Greek hesitancy to invest in Turkey’s financial sector is set to change, according to senior Greek and Turkish bankers who attended an inaugural joint meeting in Athens in May under the umbrella of the Washington-based Institute of International Finance, the global association of financial institutions.

Another step into Serbia

April 4, 2005

Serbia’s decision to focus on selling banks is drawing Greek institutions into the country, despite continuing political risk. Kerin Hope reports.

Lending boom slows in post-Olympic lull

April 4, 2005

The pace of retail lending – boosted by entry to the eurozone and the Athens Olympics – is slowing down. Kerin Hope reports from Athens.

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