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Walter Rothensteiner

Raiffeisen Bank International Moves Up a Gear

The second-largest lender in CESEE is in a hurry. According to the news provider Bloomberg, the capital increase may take place in the next few weeks.

January 14, 2014

Fitch: Positive Comment on Raiffeisen Bank International

According to the U.S. rating agency, the planned capital increase is evaluated positively. In certain CESEE market, RBI´s operations will remain challenging, Fitch said.

January 11, 2014

RBI: Capital Increase Because of Unsuccessful Partner Search

For Raiffeisen Bank International, the capital increase is nothing else but an emergency solution. The main loser is RBI´s core shareholder, the Austrian Raiffeisen Zentralbank.

January 10, 2014

Austria: Significant Increase in Bank Levy

In 2014, the bank levy is expected to increase substantially. Austrian banks regard the levy as massive competitive disadvantage.

January 10, 2014

RBI: Change in Shareholdings Expected

The announcement to increase capital by Raiffeisen Bank International (RBI) did not come as a surprise. However, experts and investors did not expect such a high volume (up to € 2.5bn) and fear a dilution in shareholdings.

January 10, 2014

Rothensteiner: Austrian Sovereign Debt Rating Includes Bank Bail-Out

Unlike the rating agency Moody´s, head of RZB (Raiffeisen Zentralbank) Walter Rothensteiner thinks that the Austrian sovereign debt rating is not endangered by the nationalized banking sector.

December 20, 2013

Austria: Rules for Bank Tax to Be Changed

The governing parties call for changes in the bank tax which would increase the burden of some Austrian banks.

December 20, 2013

RZB Faces Severe Restructuring Measures

The Raiffeisen Zentralbank (RZB) is facing severe restructuring and downsizing measures as it has to cut the number of employees.

December 4, 2013

Austria: Compulsory Levy on Assets Simply “Out of Question“

Top bankers and economists in Austria consider the compulsory levy of ten percent on household assets “out of question” and “ludicrous”.

November 5, 2013

RBI: Rothensteiner Opposed Payout Block

The head of the Raiffeisen Centrobank and Chairman of RBI’s (Raiffeisen Bank International) supvervisory board Walter Rothensteiner is critical of a capital increase by a payout block.

October 31, 2013

Does RBI Need a Partner?

The Austrian “Wiener Zeitung” reports that RBI (Raiffeisenbank International), the second-biggest lender in the CESEE region, has a capital requirement of more than € 5.0bn.

July 17, 2013

Austria: New CEO for RBI to Be Announced "In The Coming Days"

On Monday, the supvising boad will negotiate about the filling of the post for the CEO of listed Raiffeisen Bank International (RBI).

May 27, 2013

Rothensteiner: „Bank Taxes Cause a Cut in Lending”

Walter Rothensteiner, CEO of Austrian RZB (Raiffeisen Zentralbank) says that bank taxes have a detrimental impact on the economic development.

February 5, 2013

VBAG: Raiffeisen Tries to Justify Breach of Contract

In an interview with the Austrian newspaper “Standard”, RZB´s (Raiffeisen Zentralbank) CEO Walter Rothensteiner explains why the banking group did not acquire loas from VBAG.

January 16, 2013

RZB: „Hypo Group Is No Issue“

Walter Rothensteiner, CEO of Austrian RZB (Raiffeisen Zentralbank) will not bid for Hypo Group´s subsidiaries.

December 21, 2012

Bank Taxes: RZB Records Costs of € 168m

For Austrian RZB (Raiffeisen Zentralbank), bank taxes in Austria, Hungary and Slovakia come at € 168m. RZB will not leave Hungary, CEO Rothensteiner says.

December 20, 2012

Interest Rates Reach New Record Low

Today, the Austrian National Bank (OeNB) has presented the development of interest rates in the third quarter. OeNB does not fear a credit crunch.

December 4, 2012

Rothensteiner: „No Credit Crunch“

Walter Rothensteiner, CEO of Austrian Raiffeisen Zentralbank, thinks that the capital shortfall of European banks does not limit credit supply.

December 3, 2012

„Banking Union Must Not Become Burden for Real Economy“

The Federation of Austrian Industries (IV) underlines that the banking union must be competition-neutral. Above all, the real economy must not face liquidity constraints, IV says.

September 13, 2012

CESEE: „Nothing Has Changed“

Walter Rothensteiner, CEO of Austrian Raiffeisen Zentralbank, is convinced of the success of the expansion into the CESEE region.

June 26, 2012

Rothensteiner Succeeds Konrad

Walter Rothensteiner becomes general attorney of the Austrian Raiffeisen sector. Christian Konrad resigned.

June 25, 2012

RZB Wants to Keep Austrian Deposit Protection

Raiffeisen Zentralbank´s CEO Walter Rothensteiner is skeptical of the European deposit protection proposal.

June 15, 2012

New Supervisory Board at Uniqa

New Supervisory Board Chairman of the Austrian insurance group is RZB´s CEO Walter Rothensteiner, who succeeds Christian Konrad.

May 30, 2012

Rothensteiner: Return to Drachma would be „Utter Chaos“

The CEO of the Austrian RZB (Raiffeisen Zentralbank) warns of a Greek exit. At the moment, there would be not contagiousness for Spain or Italy.

May 21, 2012

RZB´s Rothensteiner: „Not Interested in VBAG“

Walter Rothensteiner, CEO of Raiffeisen Zentralbank (RZB), does not see a suitable takeover target in the partly nationalized VBAG.

April 28, 2012

Raiffeisen Fixes Change in Leadership

The supervisory board of Raiffeisenlandesbank Lower Austria - Vienna approves the changes in leadership. Hameseder succeeds Konrad.

April 11, 2012

Raiffeisen: Buchleitner Succeeds Hameseder

The series of staffing changes at the Raiffeisen sector goes on. General attorney Konrad leaves, Hameseder succeeds. RWA´s CEO Klaus Buchleitner replaces Hameseder.

April 4, 2012

Konrad to Leave RZB

Christian Konrad, general attorney of the Raiffeisen sector and chairman of RZB supervisory board, will step down in June. Successors are already designated.

April 2, 2012

Rothensteiner Against Bank Insolvencies

Raiffeisen Zentralbank´s CEO Walter Rothensteiner is against the discussion about bank insolvencies.

March 24, 2012

Bank Taxes: Nowotny Supports Government

OeNB´s governor Ewald Nowotny defends the coalition plans to raise bank taxes by 25%.

March 7, 2012

Uniqa: Changes in Supervisory Board

RZB´s supervisory board chairman Christan Konrad will leave Uniqa. RZB´s CeO Walter Rothensteiner succeeds Konrad.

March 6, 2012

Banking Industry As „Cash Cow“?

For RZB´s CEO Rothensteiner, the increase in bank tax is “not fair”. The government plans to raise bank taxes by 25%.

February 29, 2012

Rumors Say Raiffeisen Looking for New Investors

According to newspaper reports, the Austrian Raiffeisen Zentralbank (RZB) has talks with banks in Sweden and Norway. RZB denies such information.

December 19, 2011

Raiffeisen’s Capital Shortfall Grows to € 2.5bn

The Austrian bank said it would not require state support to ensure compliance with the new requirements set by the European Banking Authority.

November 18, 2011

Capital Needs of Austrian Banks Total € 4bn

The increase is mainly a result of Erste Group’s third quarter loss, according to OeNB’s Executive Director Andreas Ittner.

November 3, 2011

Raiffeisen: „Do Not Need State Capital“

Walter Rothensteiner, CEO of the Austrian RZB, intends not to sell shares in order to raise the equity base.

November 1, 2011

RBI Defies Hungary’s Banking Tax

The Austrian bank is not planning to pull out of Hungary. Losses from the conversion of foreign currency loans cannot be estimated yet.

September 22, 2011

New Structure and Management for Raiffeisen Leasing

The Austrian banking group is reorganizing its leasing business. Three new subsidiaries will deal with business in Austria, large customers and in-house projects.

August 26, 2011

Raiffeisen Not Interested in Hypo

The Austrian bank group is currently expanding in Poland but it is not going to bid for Hypo Alpe Adria as an acquisition “would not make sense”.

June 6, 2011

Raiffeisen Zentralbank Posts 57% Increase in Profits

Profit before tax: € 1,292 million (+56.8 per cent) - Return on equity before tax 12.5 per cent (+3.7 PP).

April 15, 2011

Volksbanken to Sell Share in RZB

According to newspaper reports, the Austrian Volksbanken Group sells a 6% share on Raiffeisen Zentralbank.

January 17, 2011

Urgent Need for Capital at Austrian Banks

Walter Rothensteiner, Chairman of RZB as well as the Credit Division of the Economic Chamber, considers that domestic banks are under massive capital pressure.

December 21, 2010

Bank Boss Confirms: Bank Tax will be Passed on to Customers

Massive criticism of the federal government is also coming now from the boss of Raiffeisen Zentralbank (RZB). Bank customers will have to bear both the bank tax and the securities tax.

November 8, 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