Event name

The Central and Eastern European Forum 2018

16-17 January 2018
Vienna, Austria

Sponsors

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Lead Sponsor

Raiffeisen Bank International AG
UniCredit Bank AG

Co-Sponsor

BNP Paribas
Citibank Europe plc Hungarian Branch Office
Erste Group Bank AG
Societe Generale

Associate Sponsor

Privredna Banka Zagreb
Bank of China Limited London Branch Debt Capital Markets Centre (EMEA)
BayernLB
Finance in Motion
Goldman Sachs International
ICAP
Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale
PASHA Bank OYSC

Roundtable Sponsor

BKT (Banka Kombetare Tregtare)
.OTP Bank Ltd.
Tradeweb
Victoriabanca SA

Media Partner

Global Capital

Event Overview

On Tuesday 16 and Wednesday 17 January 2018, we welcomed over 1200 delegates to Vienna for the 23rd Central and Eastern European Forum. The 2018 conference explored the outlook for the capital markets in CEE for the coming year and assessed the impact of political instability in Europe and geo-political risk worldwide on the region’s economies. 

We opened the Forum with a series of insightful live one-on-one keynote interviews with six Finance Ministers from the region:
H.E. Mr Vardan Aramyan, Minister of Finance, Government of Armenia
H.E. Mr Mamuka Bakhtadze, Minister of Finance, Government of Georgia
H.E. Mr Zdravko Marić, Minister of Finance, Government of Croatia
H.E. Mr Vilius Šapoka, Minister of Finance, Government of Lithuania
H.E. Mr Dragan Tevdovski, Minister of Finance, Government of Macedonia
H.E. Dr Dušan Vujović, Minister of Finance, Government of Serbia

This was followed by panel discussions on geopolitics, trade and rate cycles in 2018, and public debt management in the CEE. The borrowing strategies of the governments of Hungary, Serbia, Slovakia, and Slovenia were all discussed by their chief representatives. These panels were directly followed by parallel discussions on, a new topic to the agenda, non-performing loans, as well as opportunities in listed equity, fixed income investment, and private equity and venture capital. 

Our regular sponsored workshops and roundtables focussed on individual countries and topics presenting delegates with a unique opportunity to meet and engage with policy and deal makers. This year we also hosted target tables which offered a more indepth and interactive dialogue on topics including corporate funding strategy, real estate and green bonds. We finished the first day with a discussion on the CEE banking sector focusing on Fintech, cross-border banking groups and the regulatory environment. 

Ewald Nowotny, Governor of the Oesterreichische Nationalbank, and a member of the Governing Council at the European Central Bank opened the second day of the conference with a keynote address on Euro area recovery and economic growth in the CEE region. We were then joined by eight Central Bankers from the region who took part in parallel discussions on monetary policy. 

These were directly followed by sessions looking at secured debt, and understanding green and ethical investors. The second day closed with an excellent economic outlook panel discussion looking forward to the year ahead, and beyond. Live audience polling for this session indicated that the majority of respondents felt that the markets are blind and cannot see the fundamental structural problems that caused the financial crisis in the first place - financial imbalance between savers & spenders/overextended credit/fiscal irresponsibility/self-serving financiers – are still there. 

Frequently touted as one of the leading networking events for anyone with an interest in Central and Eastern Europe, it will continue to be the premier event in the calendar helping to set the financial agenda for the year ahead.

Euromoney Conferences would like to would like to thank all of our sponsors, speakers and participants for their support and for making the 2018 CEE Forum such a resounding success. We look forward to returning to Vienna in January 2019.

 

Speakers

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Keynote Speaker

H.E. Mr Vardan Aramyan

Minister of Finance
Minister of Finance Armenia

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H.E. Mr Mamuka Bakhtadze

Minister of Finance
Government of Georgia

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H.E. Mr Zdravko Marić

Minister of Finance
Government of Croatia

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Ewald Nowotny

Governor
Oesterreichische National Bank

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H.E. Mr Vilius Šapoka

Minister of Finance
Government of Lithuania

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Dragan Tevdovski

Minister of Finance of the Republic of Macedonia
Ministry of Finance

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H.E. Dr Dušan Vujović

Minister of Finance
Government of Serbia

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Manuel Adamini

Head of Investor Engagement
Climate Bonds Initiative

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H.E. Mr Arben Ahmetaj

Minister of Finance
Albanian Ministry of Finance

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Tim Ash

Senior Emerging Markets Sovereign Strategist
BlueBay Asset Management

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Bas Bakker

Senior Regional Resident Representative for Central and Eastern Europe
IMF

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Gyorgy Barcza

Chief Executive Officer
Hungary Debt Management Agency (AKK)

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Angus Bell

Executive Director, Portfolio Manager Fixed Income and Currency Alternatives
Goldman Sachs Asset Management

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Vojtech Benda

Member Of The Board
Czech National Bank

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Tamas Bernath

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Hungarian Development Bank

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Luca Bertalot

Secretary General
European Mortgage Federation - European Covered Bond Council (EMF-ECBC)

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Martin Blum

Head of Desk Strategy
Raiffeisen Bank International

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Frank Bock

Vice-President of the Management Board, Head of Financial Markets
mBank

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Dimitar Bogov

Governor
National Bank of the Republic of Macedonia

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Christoph Boschan

Chief Executive Officer
Vienna Stock Exchange

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Peter Brezinschek

Head of Raiffeisen Research
Raiffeisen Bank International

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Tom Britton

Director
Tradeweb

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Dan Bucşa

CEE Chief Economist
UniCredit

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Daniel Bytčánek

Director, Debt and Liquidity Management Agency (ARDAL)
Government of Slovakia

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Vincent Chaigneau

Head of Research
Generali Investments

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Michal Cieciorski

Vice President of the Management Board
Warsaw Stock Exchange

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Andrea Diamanti

Head of CEE Corporate & Investment Banking
UniCredit

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Marek Dietl

Chief Executive Officer
Warsaw Stock Exchange

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Marjan Divjak

Director General, Treasury Directorate
Ministry of Finance, Government of Slovenia

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Branko Drcelic

Director, Public Debt Administration
Ministry of Finance, Government of Serbia

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Noel Edison

Director of Financial Institutions
EBRD

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Demetrios Efstathiou

Director
Blue Diagonal Capital

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Nick Eisinger

Principal, Fixed Income, Emerging Markets and European Rates
Vanguard Asset Management

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Barna Erdelyi

Chief Financial Officer and Deputy Chief Executive Officer
Waberer’s International

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Nikola Fabris

Vice Governor
Central Bank of Montenegro

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Arturas Feiferas

Deputy Chief Executive Officer
Victoria Bank

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Toby Fildes

Managing Editor
GlobalCapital

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Lucy Fitzgeorge-Parker

Emerging Europe Editor
Euromoney Magazine

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Christopher Garnett

Senior External Adviser
Euromoney Conferences

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Mauro Giorgio Marrano

Macro Economist CEE
UniCredit

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Koba Gvenetadze

Governor
National Bank of Georgia

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Jon Hay

Corporate Finance and Sustainability Editor
GlobalCapital

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Agnes Hornung

Minister of State for Financial Policy Affairs
Ministry for National Economy

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Gyula Horváth

Chief Financial Officer
Aegon Group Hungary

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Andrej Hronec

Head of Treasury and Asset Liability Management
VUB

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Dhaval Joshi

Senior Vice President, European Investment Strategy
BCA Research

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Kit Juckes

Head of FX Strategy
Societe Generale CIB

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Josep M. Julia

Global Head, Distressed Asset Investments Group
IFC

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Gabriel Kadasi

Vice President, Credit Research: European Financials
Morgan Stanley Investment Management

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Dmitry Kalechits

Deputy Chairman of the Board
National Bank of the Republic of Belarus

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Phoenix Kalen

Director of Emerging Markets Strategy
Societe Generale CIB

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Astrid Frey Kaufmann

Chief Macroeconomist EMEA
Swiss Re

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Taleh Kazimov

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Pasha Bank

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Richard Kemmish

Editorial Consultant
Euromoney Conferences

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Samuel Kerr

Equity Capital Markets Editor
GlobalCapital

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Miroslav Klepac

Chief Finance Officer
Croatia Insurance

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Dmitry Krutoy

First Deputy Minister of Economy
Republic of Belarus

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Jacek Kubas

Principal
EBRD

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Elvira Lefting

Managing Director
Finance in Motion

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Andrew Lennon

Director Capital Markets
Euromoney Conferences

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Viktor Levkanic

Chief Investment Officer
APS Investments S.a.r.l.

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Shangqian Li

RMB and Panda Specialist, EMEA Debt Capital Markets
Bank of China

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Julian Mayo

Senior Vice President and Investment Strategist
Fiera Capital (UK) Limited

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Vladimir Mlynek

Ceo
VUB Generali D.S.S.

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Andreea Moraru

Associate Director - Senior Banker
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

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Kevin. A Murray

CEO for Central-Europe and Country Head for Hungary
Citi

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My-Linh Ngo

Head of ESG Investment Risk
BlueBay Asset Management

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Jakub Niesluchowski

Deputy Chief Executive Officer
PKO

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Chioma Okoye

Director, Emerging Markets
Tradeweb

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John Orchard

Managing Director, Banking and Finance Group
Euromoney Institutional Investor

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Philip Owen

Head of Unit
DG Climate Action

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Troels Halck Pedersen

Chief Portfolio manager
BankInvest

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Mehmet Seyhan Pencabligil

Chief Executive Officer and Board Member
Banka Kombetare Tregtare (BKT)

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Enzo Puntillo

Chief Investment Officer, Fixed Income
GAM Investment Management

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Martin Rast

Vice President
Moody's

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Debora Revoltella

Director, Economics Department
EIB

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Gavin Ryan

Member of the Board of Directors
Victoria Bank

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Matjaz Schroll

Head of Private Equity, Central and Eastern Europe
Franklin Templeton Investments

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Michael Schulz

Managing Director, Head Of Fixed Income Research & Macro
NORD/LB

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Richard Segal

Analyst
Manulife Asset Management

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Gent Sejko

Governor
Bank of Albania

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Jozef Sikela

Member of the Management Board for Corporate Banking
Erste Group

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Dmytro Sologub

Deputy Governor
National Bank of Ukraine

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Robert Stehrer

Scientific Director
The Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies (wiiw)

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Noah Steinberg

Ceo
WING Zrt

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Sergiu Stoianov

Director, Strategy and Marketing Department
Victoriabank

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Johann Strobl

Chief Executive Officer
Raiffeisen Bank International

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Alexis Taffin de Tilques

Head of CEEMEA Debt Capital Markets
BNP Paribas

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Gergely Tardos

Chief Economist
OTP Bank

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Illes Toth

Senior associate
FHB Mortgage Bank Plc.

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Pavel Trenka

CEO
HB REAVIS

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Jos Tromp

Head of Research
CBRE

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Zdenek Turek

Chief Executive Officer / Country Officer – Ireland and Europe Cluster Head
Citibank Europe Plc

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Kerim Turkmen

Partner
Mid Europa Partners

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Tim Umberger

Portfolio Adviser and Deputy Head of Eastern Europe
East Capital

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Hans van Houwelingen

Chief Executive Officer
ACTIAM

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Barnabas Virag

Executive Director
Central Bank of Hungary

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Carlo Vivaldi

Head of CEE Division
UniCredit

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Liviu Voinea

Deputy Governor
National Bank of Romania

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Mikhail Volkov

Chief Executive Officer
Ingosstrakh Insurance Russia

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Remon Vos

CEO
CTP

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Boris Vujcic

Governor
Croatian National Bank

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Marco Vukadinovic

Deputy Head of CEE Financial Institutions Group
UniCredit

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Krzysztof Walenczak

Chief Country Officer - Poland
Societe Generale Corporate and Investment Banking

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Laszlo Wolf

Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Commercial Banking Division
OTP Bank Plc

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Maksim Yermalovich

First Deputy Minister of Finance
Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Belarus

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Francesca Young

Emerging Markets Editor
GlobalCapital

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Patrick Zehetmayr

Head of Divison
Erste Group Bank AG

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Videos

CEE Syndicated Loans

The CEE Syndicated Loans Executive Briefing took place after the Central and European Forum in the afternoon of Wednesday 17 January. It brought together a group of handpicked loan market experts - banks, private equity, corporate borrowers - for a roundtable discussion on current state of play of the CEE loan market.

 

Key speakers:

Tamás Dékány, Head of Corporate Finance, Budapest Airport Zrt.

László Szabó, Director of Treasury and Accounting, MVM Group

Peter Tordai, Chief Financial Officer, E2 Hungary

Bill Fawkner-Corbett, Investment Director, CEE Equity Partners

Zsuzsanna Ortutay, Group Treasurer, MOL Group

Fabrice Dumontheil, Chief Financial Officer, Penta Investments

Thomas Spring, Partner, Syntaxis Capital

 

We thank our speakers and delegates for an insightful afternoon's debate and discussion, and look forward to returning to Vienna in January 2019.

Poll Results

At the Forum this year, we had our live interactive polling through our conference app. The poll produced some interesting and thought provoking results.

See below, the questions and corresponding results.

 

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