Insurance, Interviews

Sigal Uniqa Group Austria puts client needs, digitalisation at centre of strategy

Regional insurance group Sigal Uniqa Group Austria is composed of seven insurance companies (life, non-life, reinsurance) and one pension fund that operate successfully in Albania, Kosovo and Macedonia. Sigal Uniqa is the market leader in Albania since 2002 with an … Read more


IT, retail, real estate deals to dominate M&A scene in SEE

EY (Ernst & Young) is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. The insights and quality services we deliver help build trust and confi dence in the capital markets and in economies the world over. In 2016 … Read more


M&A deals volume in Bulgaria seen rising on good liquidity in financial markets, real economy growth

Diana Nikolaeva, Partner, Transaction Advisory Services, EY Bulgaria What key trends are currently impacting the development of Bulgaria’s M&A market? During the last two years there has been a strong pipeline of M&A deals and while specific industry concentration is … Read more


Institutional investors to dominate Bulgaria’s real estate market

Landmark Holdings consolidates the business interests of Alfa Finance Holding in the real estate sector in Southeast Europe (SEE). The company provides comprehensive asset management services starting from conceptual design to fully operational buildings. The list of projects for which … Read more

Food/Drinks/ Tobacco, Interviews

We believe in the long-term approach to creating sustainable value for our business and our stakeholders

Zagorka brewery, established in Stara Zagora, enters in its second century of operation. In 1994, Zagorka AD became part of the HEINEKEN global family. Since then, for more than 20 years now, over 133 million euro have been invested in … Read more


Multinational companies must acknowledge need for expert staff in international taxation

Anastasia Sagianni, Head of Transfer Pricing Division, Eurofast Eurofast is a business advisory employing over 200 advisors at 21 offices in Southeast Europe (SEE) and the Middle East. With over 28-year experience, having worked with many global brands and leading … Read more


Fintech company Credissimo embraces innovation to expand further

Ivelin Kamburov CFO and board of directors member, Credissimo Ivelin Kamburov holds an internationally recognised ACCA qualification and is a member of The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, UK. Kamburov is winner of the CFO of the Year 2016 award … Read more


Manually processing massive data is like digging with pick instead of excavator

Identrics is a young technology company providing custom semantic solutions for companies in Southeast Europe (SEE), including media groups and business intelligence providers. Iva Marinova, Data Scientist at Identrics Why is Identrics focusing on SEE and what are the main … Read more

Food/Drinks/ Tobacco, Interviews

Zagorka: A successful business is a sustainable business

Zagorka brewery, established in 1902 in the central Bulgarian town of Stara Zagora, joined the Heineken group in 1994. Since then, Heineken has invested more than 133 million euro in modernisation and capacity increase at its Bulgarian unit. Read more


Structural issues hold back SEE’s growth potential, governments should not let up on reforms

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest global development institution focused exclusively on the private sector. Read more


Cotrugli’s MBA programme enables all-inclusive approach to managerial education, paves the way for successful career

Katarina Vladić Lazić has been part of the COTRUGLI Business School team for the past six years. Read more

Innovations, Interviews

We leave the grunt work to machines, give companies more room to be creative

Identrics is an innovative technology provider of automated journalism, data mining and semantic web solutions, whose dedicated team builds and trains technology models based on a client’s own data set and fitting his needs. Read more

Insurance, Interviews

Euroins will expand further in SEE

Bulgaria-based Euroins Insurance Group (EIG) is one of the largest independent groups operating on the insurance markets in Central, East and Southeast Europe. Read more


Economic, institutional reforms draw steadily more foreign investors to SEE

Eurofast is a business advisory employing over 200 advisors at 21 offices in Southeast Europe (SEE) and the Middle East. With over 28-year experience, having worked with many global brands and leading institutions, operating in the manufacturing, retail, airline, and … Read more

Interviews, Technology

In the Idea Economy era, combining applications and data creates dramatically new experiences, new markets

In November 2015, Hewlett-Packard finalised its historic division into two companies, with the launch of Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) on the New York Stock Exchange. Following the split, HP Incorporated (HP Inc.) continued selling PCs and printers, while HPE focused on servers, storage, networking, security and corporate services, aiming to drive a technology roadmap designed to accelerate its customers’ digital transformation and transition to the data centre of the future. Read more

Insurance, Interviews

Triglav eyes further growth with health, life insurance in focus, to advance telematics solutions

Slovenian insurance company Zavarovalnica Trigla, set up in 1990, is the controlling company of Triglav Group. Triglav Group posted a consolidated net profit of 88.9 million euro in 2015, up 4% from a year earlier. Read more


IFC: SEE governments should step up structural reforms to help spur growth

One of the biggest issues the region is struggling with right now is that structural reforms have not moved as fast as we have expected or hoped for. As a result, SEE countries are saddled with relatively high unemployment and poorly functioning labour markets and, consequently, the levels of growth across the region are not reaching full potential and are not high enough to address those kinds of fundamental challenges. Read more


Walltopia: We see big potential for amusement products in SEE

Founded in 1998, Bulgaria-based Walltopia is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of artificial climbing structures, operating on six continents through offices in the U.S. UK, Canada, Germany, Russia and Asia Pacific and exporting to 50 countries around the globe. Read more


CEE can both benefit and contribute to Industry 4.0

Siemens Bulgaria is part of Siemens AG – a world leader in the manufacturing of innovative products, technologies and solutions in the fields of electrification, automation and digitalization. Read more


Transfer pricing consultancy services to top demand in SEE region

The EU member states in the region have progressed in modernising their tax legislation, and so have some non-EU countries that are implementing some basic EU directives with the aim to comply with the European legislation. I Read more