The Banker awards RBI as Bank of the Year for the eighth time

| 28.11.2014

London/Vienna, 28 November 2014

The Banker awards RBI as Bank of the Year for the eighth time

  • RBI thereby receives all four important awards as best bank in CEE
  • Five RBI subsidiaries also awarded as bank of the year 2014

The special interest magazine of Financial Times LTD, The Banker, not only awarded Raiffeisen Bank International AG (RBI) as "Bank of the Year in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE)", but also five of its subsidiaries. With The Banker decoration, RBI this year again completes all four meaningful awards which renowned financial magazines grant to banks for strategic positioning, performance and a broad offer for private and commercial customers in Central and Eastern Europe: In April, RBI received already for the tenth time the title "Best Bank in Central and Eastern Europe" from Global Finance. EMEA Finance named it "Best Bank in CEE & CIS" for the sixth time in May. Euromoney and The Banker awarded it "Best Bank in Central and Eastern Europe" and "Bank of the Year in CEE", respectively, for the eighth time already.

"Being honored with even four of the best-known awards in the banking industry in times when banks face major challenges shows that we work in the right markets with the adequate strategy. I sincerely thank our employees for making this possible with their great commitment and in-depth CEE knowledge", said Karl Sevelda, CEO of RBI.

Furthermore, RBI subsidiaries in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Croatia, Romania as well as Serbia received the title "Bank of the Year". The awards were presented at a ceremony in London last night.

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Raiffeisen Bank International AG (RBI) regards Austria, where it is a leading corporate and investment bank, as well as Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) as its home market. 15 markets of the region are covered by subsidiary banks. Additionally, the Group comprises numerous other financial service providers, for instance in the fields of leasing, asset management, as well as mergers and acquisitions.

RBI is the only Austrian bank with a presence in both the world's financial centers and via branches and representative offices in Asia, the Group's further geographical area of focus.

In total, around 56,000 employees service 14.6 million customers through approximately 2,900 business outlets, the great majority of which are located in CEE.

RBI is a fully-consolidated subsidiary of Raiffeisen Zentralbank Österreich AG (RZB). RZB indirectly owns around 60.7 per cent of the shares, the remainder is in free float. RBI's shares are listed on the Vienna Stock Exchange. RZB is the central institution of the Austrian Raiffeisen Banking Group, the country's largest banking group, and serves as the head office of the entire RZB Group, including RBI.

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


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