Interviews

OZK Insurance expects to be among Bulgaria’s top five general insurers

OZK Insurance was established in 1996 and was majority-owned by the Sofia municipality until 2008 when the municipal stake was privatised. Read more

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Improving competitiveness, connectivity, quality of life in SEE key to growth

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is a major international investor in Southeast Europe. In 2019 it plans to invest around 1.1 billion euro in the Western Balkans alone. Read more

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Black Sea holds muchneeded resource for Romania to secure its energy supply, increase revenues

OMV Petrom is an integrated company, with activities in oil and gas production, refining, power generation, fuels distribution and gas and power supply, active in five countries… Read more

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Aurubis Bulgaria carrying out new 132 mln euro investment programme

Aurubis Bulgaria is a copper producer, part of the German Aurubis Group. The company is the largest taxpayer and major Bulgarian exporter contributing to the GDP growth. Read more

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MAIB shares likely to be listed on regional stock exchange

Moldova Agroindbank (MAIB), the leading bank in Moldova, plans to list its shares on a regional stock exchange following a steady and continuous improvement in its portfolio, assets, capital and profit over the years, its CEO Serghei Cebotari says. Read more

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New business lines to generate highest EBITDA growth

Slovenia-based oil and gas distributor Petrol d.d. posted a turnover of 4.4 billion euro in 2018, ranking second in SEE TOP 100. Read more

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The more companies go regional, the greater chance for W. Balkans’ integration

Abkons is a multinational management consulting firm, committed to helping institutions make lasting improvements. Read more

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Electric vehicles to make up to 10% of Speedy fleet by 2025

Bulgarian logistics company Rapido Express and Logistics was established in 2001. In 2017 it became a partner for Bulgaria of Germany’s DHL Parcel, part of Deutsche Post and in 2018… Read more

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We deliver projects with the support of local people

Abkons sees itself as more than a group of consultants: we feel a sense of responsibility towards the region in which we operate and have developed an approach to drive forward project effectiveness while, at every step, bringing local people on board. Read more

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Eurohold aims to add energy group

Sofia-based Eurohold Bulgaria is a leading independent business group, operating in the CEE/SEE/CIS region and the largest publicly-listed holding company by revenues in the country. Read more

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Health, SMEs insurance hold untapped growth potential

Elisabeth Stadler has been chairwoman and CEO of Vienna Insurance Group since January 2016. She has been working in the insurance industry for more than 35 years now. Read more

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Fragmented SEE banking sector leaves room for further consolidation

Hungary’s OTP Bank has been the most active player on the region’s M&A scene in the past years after buying Croatia’s Spitska Banka from Societe Generale in 2017 and then… Read more

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Sigal Uniqa Group Austria sees unused growth opportunities in voluntary insurance and online sales

Sigal Uniqa Group Austria, part of Vienna-based Uniqa Insurance Group, consists of seven insurance companies and a private pension fund operating in Albania, Kosovo and North Macedonia. Read more

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Our production capacity will increase to 406,000 vehicles annually

Automobile Dacia, a unit of France’s Renault, leads the SEE TOP 100 ranking for a fifth year running. In 2018, its revenue rose by 6.54% to 5.35 billion euro. Read more

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Financial institutions with flexible digital platforms poised for success

Software Group, founded in 2009, is a global technology company specialised in digitalization and integration solutions for institutions that provide…
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Bulgarian NPL market to stay active with focus on corporate, SME secured segment

Norway-based B2Holding is one of the largest debt solution providers in Europe with operations in twenty-three European countries. The group has…
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Secured portfolios niche opening up in Bulgaria, Croatia and Romania

EOS Matrix Ltd. is part of the German leader in financial services EOS Group, which is one of the… Read more

Interviews

EBRD chief economist: Fight corruption, improve governance, invest in connectivity

Emerging economies need to reassess their economic model to deliver the governance, skills and infrastructure that will…
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Analysis, Archive, Banking, Business, Features

Mergers and acquisitions with profound effect upon Bulgarian banks’ online reputation

by Petar Galev, Media Analyst, Perceptica The aim of this study is to seek a correlation between a bank’s portfolio (in terms of consumer finances, such as consumer loans and mortgages) and the way its products were perceived on social … Read more

Banking, Interviews

Financial companies eye first private bourse in SEE

By Klaudjo Jonuzaj The private Albanian Securities Exchange (ALSE) was founded by Tirana-headquartered Credins Bank and American Bank of Investment (ABI Bank) with 42.5% shareholding interest each and AK Invest, one of the biggest non-banking financial institutions in Albania, with … Read more