April-May 2008

A pioneer with perspective

A pioneer with perspective

Herbert Stepic, Deputy Chairman of Vienna-based Raiffeisen Zentralbank Osterreich (RZB) and CEO of Raiffeisen International, is widely regarded across the European banking industry as the chief architect of RZB’s aggressive expansion in Central and Eastern Europe and Russia. He speaks with Christopher Moore, emeafinance’s publisher, about his 30 plus year international career at the bank.

EMEA investors' roundtable

EMEA investors' roundtable

The credit crunch, fuelled by illiquid markets and general fear across the finance industry, has had its impact on the EMEA region. But pessimism does not blanket the entire market as emeafinance discovered when it questioned some of EMEA’s leading buy side investors. On the contrary, the slowdown has provided time to evaluate deals and countries. Some governments are addressing fiscal imbalances and where necessary, high inflation.

Dmitri Medvedev's to-do list

Dmitri Medvedev's to-do list

Dmitri Medvedev once told emeafinance's editor he didn't see anything particularly urgent to do if he became president of Russia. Now he is president, we ask what are the top ten issues that urgently require his attention.

Hungary's government hangs on

Hungary's government hangs on

Despite the collapse of the ruling coalition, investors are hopeful the Hungarian government can stick to its fiscal austerity plans and weather the global credit crunch, writes Kester Eddy in Budapest.

Is Libya really open for business?

Is Libya really open for business?

For decades Libya was a ‘pariah’ state, shunned by the international community. In 2004 the doors were flung open and foreign investors were enticed in, promises were made, contracts signed, hopes raised. Four years on however it appears that inertia and backtracking by the Gaddafi administration has set in. Was it all too good to be true after all, asks Nicholas Noe.