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The Banker awards RBI as Bank of the Year in CEE and in Austria

  • Already fourth award for RBI as Best Bank in CEE this year
  • Network banks in Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Romania receive local Bank of the Year awards

The Banker, the renowned special interest magazine of Financial Times LTD, awarded Raiffeisen Bank International AG (RBI) "Bank of the Yearin Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) and in five countries. The awards were presented at a ceremony in London last night.

The Bank of the Year award is already the fourth decoration RBI received for its strategic positioning, its performance and its excellent service for private and corporate customers in CEE so far this year. In April, Global Finance magazine awarded the title Best Bank in Central and Eastern Europe to RBI for the eighth time, in May, RBI received the title Best Bank in CEE & CIS from EMEA Finance for the third time and in July followed for the seventh time the decoration Best Bank in Central and Eastern Europe from Euromoney. RBI has won The Bank of the Year award for CEE from The Banker for the sixth time now.

The fact that we won the Grand Slam, meaning all four important awards, confirms our leading role in CEE and our sustainable success. We consider the awards not only as an acknowledgment of our recent work but also as an incentive for further excellence, said Herbert Stepic, Chairman of RBIs Managing Board.

The Award as Bank of the Year in Austria underlines the quality of our advisory approach and confirms the feedback from our customers. We are perceived not simply as a supplier of financial services, but also as a trustworthy partner with excellent problem-solving competence, said Karl Sevelda, Deputy Chairman of the RBI Managing Board and responsible for corporate customer business.

RBIs four subsidiaries, Raiffeisen Bank in Albania, Priorbank in Belarus, Raiffeisen BANK in Bosnia and Herzegovina as well as Raiffeisen Bank in Romania, had also reason to be happy last night, having received the local title as Bank of the Year in their respective countries.

Raiffeisen Bank International AG (RBI) regards both Austria, where it is a leading corporate and investment bank, and Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) as its home market. In CEE, RBI operates an extensive network of subsidiary banks, leasing companies and a range of other specialised financial service providers in 17 markets.

RBI is the only Austrian bank with a presence in both the worlds financial centres and in Asia, the groups further geographical area of focus.

In total, around 61,000 employees service about 14.1 million customers through more than 3,100 business outlets, the great majority of which are located in CEE.

RBI is a fully consolidated subsidiary of Raiffeisen Zentralbank Osterreich AG (RZB). RZB indirectly owns around 78.5 per cent of the common stock, the remainder is in free float. RBIs shares are listed on the Vienna Stock Exchange. RZB is the central institution of the Austrian Raiffeisen Banking Group, the countrys largest banking group, and serves as the head office of the entire RZB Group, including RBI.

For further information please contact: Ingrid Krenn-Ditz (+43-1-71707-6055, or Christof Danz (+43-1-71 707-1930,,


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