Latest articles from James Hydzik

Implementing reform Ukrainian style

Implementing reform Ukrainian style

April 30, 2015

Ukraine’s banking crisis extends far further than the country's recent troubles, says James Hydzik, but finally the central bank is cleaning up the sector and bringing banks to heel. 

A glimmer of hope for Ukraine?

May 1, 2014

Between a floundering economy and volatile political situation, there is little room for optimism in Ukraine. But with new leaders hoping to tackle corruption and consolidate the fragmented banking sector, and with international funds earmarked to boost commercial lending, is the tide about to turn?

Crimea stuck in financial limbo

Crimea stuck in financial limbo

May 1, 2014

The ongoing dispute over the sovereignty of the Ukrainian republic of Crimea, which is currently occupied by Russian forces, has wreaked havoc in its financial sector, with many banks pulling out of the region and depositors unable to access their funds.

Bankers wait for reform in Ukraine

Bankers wait for reform in Ukraine

May 1, 2013

The management quality of Ukrainian banks is gradually improving, but they continue to face difficulties from legal and political uncertainty, with some foreign-owned banks already giving up the struggle.

Latvians seek growth at home and abroad

April 2, 2007

Competition for market share is tightening in Latvia’s banking sector. Some institutions are seeking organic growth at home, others are looking abroad for expansion opportunities. James Hydzik reports.

Georgians tread well-worn path

June 5, 2006

The Georgian banking sector is growing and there is healthy competition. Bank of Georgia CEO Lado Gurgenidze is looking at what lies ahead for banks in the Caucasus. James Hydzik reports.

Europe’s banks vote with their feet for Ukraine

May 2, 2006

Before Ukraine has settled into its new government, the big banks of Europe have already decided that they want a presence in the country. James Hydzik reports on the growing acquisitions activity.

Ten years old and looking good

April 3, 2006

Lithuania’s banking sector has come from nowhere a decade ago to become a highly competitive business.James Hydzik reports.

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