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2011 Central and Eastern European Forum by Euromoney: UniCredit is committed to strengthen its leadership in CEE


 “The business model is being reshaped, but CEE banking remains an opportunity” UniCredit comments in its CEE Banking Study presented during the event held in Vienna on January 18th & 19th

As a leading European bank, UniCredit played an active role at the “2011 Central & Eastern European Forum” organized by Euromoney, being one of the lead sponsors of the event.

The Forum gets together — on a yearly base — key stakeholders and world-famous economists to set up the agenda for the CEE Region for the next 12 months.

Moreover, this year event got together around 2,000 participants among which were foreign and domestic investors, representatives of governments and central banks as well as local entrepreneurs. Such combination of attendees was an ideal opportunity for expanding network and creating new business opportunities towards companies and local communities.

The agenda of the this year event featured a large number of interesting panels attended by ministers and governors on some crucial issues, such as: How far have countries in the region recovered from the crisis? What is the effect of the Eurozone crisis on countries in region? Is the inflation under control? etc.

And of course there were a bunch of separate panels and workshops addressed to specific countries and topics as: The Future of CEE Region, Turkey: Model for Region Russia: A more Balanced Economy etc.

As it was already mentioned, UniCredit was an active participant at the event.

In particular, Gianni Papa — Head of CEE Division — attended the panel discussion on “The Future of the CEE Region: An Agenda” while Radovan Jelasic, newly appointed CEE Business Advisor at UniCredit Bank Austria, took part to the opening plenary panel attended by non EU ministers and governors.

UniCredit hosted an interesting workshop on “Competitiveness: the Engine for Long Term Growth” with Debora Revoltella, Head of CEE Strategic Analysis, moderating talks with Iryna Ivaschenko – Resident Representative Hungary at IMF, Francesco Giordano – UniCredit Bank Austria CFO and Francesco Pavoni – Partner at BCG.

Besides the participation in panels discussions and workshops, the separate press conference on CEE Banking Study was held for all CEE-wide media, involving more than 50 journalists.

Main speakers were Gianni Papa and Debora Revoltella, sharing the key findings of the Study.

At the beginning of the press conference, Mr Papa — providing an overview on the current situation in CEE region – said “The crisis did not affect CEE’s long-term potential related to the “convergence story”. The regional growth model, based on capital inflows, growing competitiveness and improving standards of living is intact.”

After the detailed presentation by Debora Revoltella, Gianni Papa mentioned the future challenges, stating, “When distinguishing among the international players active in the region, the ability to leverage on a solid funding base and capital position, good access to international markets and favorable positioning, will increasingly become key success factors”.

Mr. Papa regarded UniCredit as well positioned to take advantage of the Region’s further recovery. Availability of capital and funding (including the Group’s intention to allocate more capital to CEE), the widest network with strong positioning in the most dynamic markets within the  Region and good capacity to leverage on Group competences are the basis to get all the opportunities for future success.

About UniCredit

UniCredit Group is a major international financial institution with strong roots in 22 European countries and an international network present in approximately 50  markets, with 9,800 branches, and more than 165,000 employees as of 31 December 2009.

In the CEE region, UniCredit Group operates the largest international banking network with around 4,000 branches.

The Group operates in the following countries: Austria Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Hungary,  Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey and Ukraine.

January 23, 2008 UniCredit Group finalized the acquisition of 94.2% of total shareholders capital of Ukrsotsbank from the group of investors, represented by International Consulting Company EastOne (shareholders’ seller), through Bank Austria which is a part of the Group and is responsible for commercial banking activities in CEE.


Ukrsotsbank is one of the largest universal banks of Ukraine, operating in the local market since 1990. The bank offers full range of services to individuals and corporate clients.

The renovated Ukrsotsbank emerged on 31 October 2016 as a result of strategic deal whereby 99.9% of Ukrsotsbank shares have been transferred from UniCredit Group to ABH Holdings S.A. (АВНН) in exchange for a minority 9.9% stake in ABHH. Thus, the bank has combined 26-year-old traditions of Ukrsotsbank’s client-centric attitude, European quality of service inherent to UniCredit, as well as international banking expertise of ABHH in a number of European countries including CIS. Thanks to the successful synthesis and synergy of the two assets of ABHH in Ukraine, Ukrsotsbank and Alfa-Bank, the banking market of Ukraine will see the rise of a new stronger financial institution. This, in turn, will spur up technological advance, increase efficiency, improve quality of service for the clients, reduce cost of banking services whereas their range will inevitably expand.

The extensive retail network of Ukrsotsbank consists of 237 branches, its headcount reaching nearly 5 thousand employees.

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