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Vienna International Financial Services Industry News

CESEE Bank Conference: Joint Supervisory Academy in Vienna

Finance Minister Josef Pröll wants to create common standards for the CEE region with an Eastern Bank Supervisory Academy in Vienna.

September 17, 2010

Hypo Alpe Adria: Greek Entrepreneur Xeniadis Signals his Interest in Buying

The Greek businessman Vasileios Xeniadis is prepared to offer 1.35 billion euro for Hypo Alpe Adria.

September 16, 2010

Volksbank Vorarlberg: High Losses in Switzerland

Commitment to financial advisor JML did not go as desired: losses up to 3.9 million euro

September 15, 2010

Investkredit and ÖVAG: As Of Now, They Have a Common Board

In addition to CEO Gerald Wenzel, Wolfgang Perdich, Martin Fuchsbauer and Michael Mendel are also members of the common board. The merger of both financial institutions is to take place in early 2011.

September 15, 2010

FMA and OeNB Welcome the Basel III Agreement

The package draws the right lessons from the financial crisis and provides for reasonable transition periods.

September 14, 2010

Russian Fund Accuses RZB of Money Laundering

The Russian fund Hermitage Capital, which has been at loggerheads with the Russian authorities for years owing to a major tax fraud case, now accuses the Raiffeisen Zentralbank (RZB) for having aided and abetted the money laundering.

September 14, 2010

Hypo: 700,000 € go from Berlin to KPMG

The auditing firm, formerly headed by the current Hypo-boss Kranebitter, received more money than previously known.

September 13, 2010

Erste Bank intends to become Austria´s leading bank by 2015

Erste Bank, the banking unit of Erste Group responsible for Austria, announced that it was planning to overtake Raiffeisen and become Austria´s leading bank by 2015.

September 10, 2010

Hypo Alpe-Adria-Bank - The new Group Press Officer

Dominic Köfner to take on the role of Group Press Officer for Hypo Alpe-Adria-Bank International AG (HGAA)

September 9, 2010

Horváth & Partners Study - CEE remains attractive

A new study of the Horváth & Partners Management Consultants studied the success factors for setting up the subsidiaries of production sites in CEE.

September 8, 2010

Raiffeisen Centrobank AG - Interim Financial Report released

Raiffeisen Centrobank made the biggest contribution to the result of the group with a profit after tax of EUR 14.401 mn.

August 31, 2010

TeleTrader decreases loss, raises revenues slightly

TeleTrader, a stock-listed IT service provider, posted in H1 2010 a loss on ordinary activities of EUR 62,000 (US$ 48,819), which was slightly better than the loss in H1 2009 (EUR 170,000/US$ 215,900).

August 30, 2010

Investkredit back in black

Institute earned €9.6m ($12.24) in the first 6 months.

August 30, 2010

Raiffeisen Evolution shifting back

The real estate developer Raiffeisen evolution (RE) was significantly affected by the uncertainty in the property markets in 2009.

August 26, 2010

Meinl Bank compensates MEL-investors

The next 600 small investors may get back a third of their losses with MEL-papers. Overall Meinl Bank wants to pay out 3.2m ($4) and then retrieve the money from financial institutions.

August 20, 2010

VIG registers higher semi annual profit

The Vienna Insurance Group (VIG) earned €209.8m ($266) in the first half of 2010, which is over ten percent more than a year ago. While more premiums were taken up, paid benefits decreased.

August 20, 2010

AWD back in black

The financial services group AWD Holding AG returned to profitability and achieved a profit before interest and taxes (EBIT) of €20.4m. In the same period last year AWD had at deficit of €10.3m, the EBIT margin is at 7.8 percent.

August 18, 2010

C-QUADRAT Investment AG - Interim Financial Report as of 30 June

C-QUADRAT Investment AG concluded the first half year of 2010 with an operating income of €29.6m, an operating profit of €5.4m and a net profit of €8.5m.

August 16, 2010

New management at S&T Austria GmbH

Eduard Bugelnig, Patrick Schnebel and Robert Latka take over management of the Austrian subsidiary of S&T.

July 23, 2010

AWD - Commercial Court allows class action

Consumer information association (VKI) goes to court on behalf of 1,300 investors.

July 7, 2010

Sale of Innovest is imminent

Beside Raiffeisen there are two other interested parties.

July 5, 2010

Cross Industries AG - Changes in Management Board and Supervisory Board

Mr. Rudolf Knünz resigns from the management board, Mr. Friedrich Roithner will take over the function of CFO.

July 5, 2010

Unternehmens Invest AG - Voting rights of Knünz GmbH

KP Invest Beteiligungs GmbH announces that Pierer GmbH and Knünz Gmbh each have transferred UIAG shares to KP Invest Beteiligungs GmbH through a transfer of assets and contribution, bringing the participation in voting rights and in share capital to 50.1%

June 29, 2010

Pierer and Knünz to introduce shares in equity firm

KP Invest is majority shareholder in Cross Industries and UIAG

June 28, 2010

Is Telekom Austria more expensive than the industry average?

Given the current revenue ­ multiples, the Austrian government would have to pay almost 2 billion euros for the network of TA, which is about half the company's current market capitalization.

June 22, 2010

Power International Limited continues legal battle with Meinl Bank

The former company Meinl Power International Limited PI (PI) seeks to pursue its litigation with Meinl Bank.

June 22, 2010

Power International Limited - AGM approves all resolutions

All proposed resolutions on the agenda of the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of PI Power International Limited (PI) held today, Tuesday, in Vienna, were approved by a majority of about 99%.

June 22, 2010

Lyoness Austria received a certificate of Leading Companies of Austria by the WKO Vienna

Leading Austria is a nationally operating platform, evaluating companies in Austria by their own management quality system.

June 15, 2010

ÖBFA wants to sell more government bonds to the public

The Austrian Federal Financing Agency ÖBFA launches an information campaign, with the aim to increase the interest of private investors and their savings in form of Austrian government bonds.

June 8, 2010

Raiffeisen launching Zuno

Raiffeisen International is starting a direct bank with the pretty name Zuno, which will start this year in Slovakia.

June 8, 2010

Raiffeisen banks are approaching reunification

Raiffeisen International, performed better than expected in the first quarter of 2010.

June 8, 2010

123people wins Venture Capital & Private Equity Award 2010

Jury commends startup success story, "Made in Austria"

June 8, 2010

Schieder wants ban on short selling

The Financial Secretary sees Germany as role model.

June 4, 2010

Banks are approaching reunification

Raiffeisen International, the listed Ostbankenholding of the sector, has ended the first quarter of 2010 better than expected.

May 31, 2010

Chief Justice - AvW to pay investors

The Supreme Court declined a revision. The ruling is regarded as indicative of the current 400 million euro investment scandal.

May 31, 2010

AGM of C-QUADRAT Investment AG

C-QUADRAT Investment AG achieved a significant year-on-year increase in its consolidated net profit for the year and looks back on a successful financial year 2009.

May 27, 2010

Manfred Url succeeds Erich Rainbacher as CEO of Raiffeisen Bausparkasse

Manfred Url succeeds Erich Rainbacher as CEO of Raiffeisen Bausparkasse, Johannes Schuster joins the board of RZB.

May 21, 2010

Three Austrian firms amongst the top hundred Red Herring finalists

Three Austrian firms are amongst the top finalists fort his year’s „Red Herring Europe award“: Flimmit, Mobilizy and Nabriva Therapeutics Inc.

May 19, 2010