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HYPO Group: Further Liabilities Necessary?

The Carinthian HYPO Group would suffer massive losses should it sell its real estate in the Balkans. Due to the write-offs, new liabilities of the Republic might be required.

October 25, 2010

Deripaska Again at Strabag

After Deripaska’s decision, and successful talks with Strabag boss Haselsteiner, the Russian oligarch is a partner in the construction group again.

October 25, 2010

Large Power Plant in Turkey: Verbund concludes Joint Venture

With an investment volume of 550 million euro, the Verbund operates together with its Turkish partner Sabanci Holding, a gas-steam power plant.

October 25, 2010

Bank Austria CEO Cernko: No More Bank Tax Soon

Due to Basel III, location reasons and to safeguard jobs, the bank tax will only be effective temporarily, according to Cernko

October 22, 2010

Corporate Bond of Novomatic: Surprisingly High Demand

Issuing volume has been doubled. The placement process has been closed very early, Novomatic-boss Wohlfahrt is content with the succesful bond issue.

October 22, 2010

Vienna: SPÖ negotiates with the Greens

There is no fixed coalition commitment as yet. However, all signs point to a red-green coalition in the federal capital.

October 22, 2010

Telekom Austria: Good Results Expected for 2010

The CEO of Telekom Austria, Hannes Ametsreiter sees the current financial year as "stable and good".

October 22, 2010

KTM is Back Again

With a surprisingly positive quarterly result, the motorcycle manufacturer KTM shows its old strength. All expectations have been exceeded.

October 22, 2010

A-Tec - Creditors are Demanding more Money

Against the minimum quota of 30 per cent offered by Mirko Kovats 30 resistance is forming. A-Tec announced that the negotiations of the daughter AE & E are well underway on renewal of the credit facility.

October 22, 2010

Raiffeisen CEO Stepic: The Crisis in Eastern Europe is Not Over Yet

The RBI boss explains why recovery is taking longer, why his institute does not want to pay back the state capital yet, and why he considers that Raiffeisen is being treated unfairly.

October 22, 2010

Switzerland: Pecik and Stumpf Ransom Themselves

While the two investors paid a fine for the case Sulzer, the case Oerlikon is still not finished.

October 21, 2010

Vienna Insurance Group in Albania

Further growth achieved with the acquisition of Interalbanian.

October 21, 2010

Voestalpine: Good Prospects

Voestalpine has got back fast on the road to success. Cost reduction and growth outside Europe are the recipes.

October 21, 2010

A-Tec Offers a 30% Quota

CEO Kovats is trying to rehabilitate his insolvent company with the help of creditors.

October 21, 2010

The Next Acquisition: STRABAG Buys Gaul-Group

The German Gaul-group, a regional market leader for construction materials, has been bought by STRABAG for strategic reasons.

October 20, 2010

Wienerberger Signs Agreement to Acquire Steinzeug Abwassersysteme

Planned acquisition of worldwide market leader and Europe’s largest producer of clay pipe systems

October 20, 2010

New Westbahn Claims Unjustified Subsidies for the ÖBB

The reason is an amendment to the Public Procurement Act, which allegedly gives preference to the ÖBB.

October 20, 2010

Réné Benko Has already Invested 700 Million Euro This Year

The Tyrolean invests as heavily as before in Vienna and Innsbruck real estate. As to Eastern Europe, he expresses cautious optimism.

October 19, 2010

Kapsch TrafficCom AG Issues a Corporate Bond

With the issuance of the bond, investments necessary for continuation of growth are made possible.

October 19, 2010

Low-Cost Gas Stations on Unused ÖBB Property

The Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) have signed a framework contract with Markus Friesacher for up to 35 low-cost gas stations on dormant property.

October 19, 2010

A-Tec CEO Kovats: Refunding After 2nd November Possible

“There will be a solution.” Discussions with investors continue.

October 18, 2010

Industry Representatives are Satisfied with New Skilled Workers Regulation

Industry sees the new based immigration model based on criteria as a viable compromise.

October 18, 2010

Do & Co Expands Rapidly in Turkey

After the successful expanion with Turkish Airlines, Do & Co plans to enter the event-catering market

October 18, 2010

Airport Vienna-Schwechat: A New Concept is Called For.

The future direction of the airport will be decided on in November. A change in leadership is in sight.

October 15, 2010

Austrian Post Cooperates with Swiss Post

The two companies plan a joint venture to bundle international activities in the field of addressed advertising mail.

October 15, 2010

Magna-Steyr Member of the Board Apfalter becomes Europe Boss of the Magna Group

Apfalter stays on as Magna-Steyr CEO; Eibeck, as Europe Vice-President, is responsible for the Russian market

October 15, 2010

Strabag renews € 2 billion syndicated surety loan

Strabag SE has concluded the renewal of a syndicated surety loan (SynLoan) with a consortium of 17 international banks led by Deutsche Bank and Raiffeisen Bank International (RBI).

October 13, 2010

OeNB Governor Nowotny Contradicts the Deutsche Bundesbank

"The ECB should not give up purchasing bonds". Although the bond purchase program of the ECB was not needed in recent weeks, Nowotny wants to go on having it "in reserve”. The German Bundesbank warns of a too late withdrawal.

October 13, 2010

Global Financial Market System: Norbert Walter Urges for Regulation of Financial Markets

Economist Norbert Walter discussed world financial markets with Lower Austria Deputy Governor Sobotka and Hypo Lower Austria Chairman of the Board Harold at the HYPO Invest Club.

October 12, 2010

Wilhelm Molterer: Management Consultant Since Early October

Former ÖVP Vice Chancellor and Finance Minister Wilhelm Molterer (55) started working as a management consultant. Since early October, his EuroAdvisory GmbH based at Mahler Road 11, is operative in the Vienna city center .

October 12, 2010

Manufacturer of Fine Glass Villiglas Strengthens Management

Visionary and heir of billions Philipp D.Merckle takes Joseph Lindenberg and Manfred Pesek into the management of the fine glass manufacturing company.

October 11, 2010

Post Boss Pölzl 3 Months prior to the Liberalization

Post Boss Pölzl allegedly looks ahead with confidence to free competition, even for traditional letters.

October 1, 2010

New Connection Between Mandarin Group and Karl-Heinz Grasser

Grasser invested money for his mother in law. According to reports, the connection between the Caribbean offshore company Mandarin and the ex-finance minister has been proven.

October 1, 2010

UniCredit SpA has appointed Federico Ghizzoni as its new chief executive

Italy's biggest bank UniCredit SpA named central and eastern European head Federico Ghizzoni its chief executive as expected on Thursday and underscored its commitment to an international role.

October 1, 2010

Wolford - Werner Baldessarini to be appointed as a member of the supervisory board

Ex-chief of Hugo Boss, the Kufstein born Werner Baldessarini is to support the Austrian hosiery and underwear manufacturer Wolford.

September 29, 2010

Deripaska: Back to Austria as Strabag Shareholder?

In 2 weeks, on October 15, the deadline expires for Oleg Deripaska to re-purchase his 25% share of the domestic construction company Strabag for about half a billion euro.

September 29, 2010

UniCredit: Andrea Orcel is Possible Successor to Profumo

Andrea Orcel, chief executive of the Global Banking and Markets division of Bank of America Merrill Lynch is rumored to be the favorite in the race to succeed the retiring UniCredit CEO Alessandro Profumo.

September 24, 2010

Elsner Provides Help in Finding Missing Bawag Funds

Former BAWAG CEO wants to clarify the fate of 1.7 billion euro of failed investments allegedly made by the speculator Wolfgang Flöttl to the detriment of BAWAG.

September 24, 2010

Austria Continues Being the Largest Investor in Romania

"Romania is an important market in Eastern Europe for the Austrian economy. Its great importance for us is proved by the fact that Austria is by far the largest investor in Romania"

September 23, 2010

Uniqa: Boss Klien Will Leave Mid-2011

The Supervisory Board of Uniqa has decided that CEO Konstantin Klien (59) will retire prematurely in mid 2011.

September 22, 2010

Profumo Resigns: Bank Austria’s Parent Group UniCredit Under Pressure

The surprise departure of UniCredit CEO Alessandro Profumo is the talk of the town in the financial industry, also in Austria.

September 22, 2010

Mitterlehner Meets Hendry: Development of Renewable Energies

The Finance Minister met with the British Energy Minister Charles Hendry for talks about the energy policy in the EU, the development of renewable energy sources and increasing the security of energy supply.

September 21, 2010

Martin Schlaff: Acquisition of Several Latvian Oil Transport Companies Planned

After four years of delay Schlaff is reported to be planning the takeover of several Latvian transport companies.

September 20, 2010

Austria's Management and Supervisory Boards’ Salaries on the Test Bench

The partly state-run OMV had the most expensive board of all Austrian corporations in 2009. In total, the oil company spent 10.2 million euro on its bosses, 23.4% more than the previous year.

September 20, 2010

Ferdinand Piëch: Fortune Transferred to Austrian Foundations

The 73-year-old Porsche co-owner and Volkswagen's supervisory board chairman Ferdinand Karl Piëch has bequested his fortune.

September 20, 2010

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

Austrian Post Refurbishes its Board

ÖIAG boss Peter Michaelis gives green light for the refurbishment of the Post’s board. Meanwhile, rumors are growing that the changes will not only affect the parcels sector.

September 16, 2010

ÖIAG Boss Michaelis Under Pressure

ÖIAG Boss Peter Michaelis considers that the "campaign" against him evidences that "the actual work of ÖIAG provides no target for criticism." He considers his 700,000-euro salary as justified.

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