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WoE Repairing Privatbank with Anna Samarina, CFO of Privatbank

July 5, 2019

Once Ukraine’s biggest commercial bank, the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) nationalised Privatbank in December 2016 and poured money into a huge hole left in the balance sheet after the former owners drained it of cash. A new team was installed in the now state-owned owned bank that are tasked

WoE: Putin - the man without a plan

June 20, 2019

Russia has rock solid fundamentals and some  of the best macroeconomic numbers in the world as part of president Vladimir Putin’s efforts to build a financial fortress to insulate Russia from western sanctions. But at the same time real incomes have been stagnant for six years, the propensity

WoE The nationalisation of Privatbank with ex NBU governor Valaria Gontareva

June 14, 2019

Ukraine is facing a very nasty crisis. Several courts have ruled that the formerly largest commercial bank in the country, Privatbank that was nationalised in December 2016, should be given back to its former owner, oligarch Ihor Kolomoisky. Valaria Gontareva was the governor of the National Bank

WoE The weaponisation of Russian sovereign debt with Maximilian Hess and Harish Natarajan of AKE International

June 5, 2019

Russia has been building a financial fortress by paying down its debt and building up its currency reserves. The result is president Vladimir Putin has made Russia largely sanction proof, but it is not a model that produces growth. On the flip side the US is one of the most powerful countries in

WoE: Russian banking in a time of uncertainty

May 28, 2019

After five years of crisis and no profits, Russia’s banking is back in profit and starting to grow again. But it's a lacklustre growth as companies are not borrowing and growth is well below potential. The uncertainty over sanctions, who will come after president Vladimir Putin and the increasi

WoE: Russian banking in a time of uncertainty

May 28, 2019

After five years of crisis and no profits, Russia’s banking is back in profit and starting to grow again. But it's a lacklustre growth as companies are not borrowing and growth is well below potential. The uncertainty over sanctions, who will come after president Vladimir Putin and the increasi

WoE: Romania struggling to shake off structural limits

May 20, 2019

Romania has been growing very fast in recent years and GDP per capita has doubled. But that growth is about to slow and while incomes have soared now the state is running a twin deficit. The country has fallen into a middle income trap and has reached the stage where it needs to break through its

WoE: Moldova’s banking sector turning the corner

May 9, 2019

Moldova has long been a money-laundering black hole. Then in 2014 they had a shock when more than $1bn was stolen from the bank sector – equivalent to 15% of GDP. Belatedly the government is now responding. Stakes in three of the countries biggest banks, which together account for about 80% of

WoE: Gas Wars, Naftogaz prepares to be cut off by Russia with Naftogaz executive director Yuriy Vitrenko

May 3, 2019

The gas war between Ukraine’s national monopolist Naftogaz and the Russian behemoth Gazprom is rushing towards a climax. Last December Naftogaz won a historic $2.6bn award from Gazprom after the Stockholm arbitration court, but Gazprom refused to pay and now the Ukranian energy company is trying t

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