Risk Management

TMI Awards 2010: UniCredit & RZB UniCredit received the most votes from our readers in one TMI Awards 2010 Best Bank category: Financial Supply Chain for Eastern Europe. RZB received the most votes from our readers in one TMI Awards 2010 Best Bank category: Risk Management for Eastern Europe. Download this article to find out more, including comment from UniCredit and RZB.


We at UniCredit are very proud of this award which underlines our strength in supply chain finance. Thanks to our largest international banking network in Central and Eastern Europe and our profound knowledge of CEE’s market and client base, our updated IT platforms and highly skilled Trade Finance specialists we are able to serve our clients´ needs best. 

Our product offering has been developed to serve and to help our clients to optimise their working capital throughout the entire supply chain and deliver successful win-win solutions to the parties involved. But technology is not a real differentiator in supply chain finance: all major SCF-banks have broadly the same offering. 

Instead, differentiation is based on the ability to offer sufficient credit facilities to accommodate and mitigate risk, to introduce new investors and on-board suppliers. 

Buying companies need to ensure their bank is capable of on-boarding with appropriate KYC (Know Your Customer)/AML (Anti Money Laundering). Banks need to decide how they will approach this opportunity: will they offer only that product or use it to build a relationship with those suppliers for other financial services. Also the support, active management and co-operation with core suppliers plays an important role to ensure a constant and quality-ensured supply chain. One of our strengths is the efficient management of the financial supply chain and working capital: we are able to offer SCF solutions in the 22 countries we operate in. Being one of the top three banks in most of the CEE countries UniCredit should be the first choice to set up SCF programmes in CEE.  



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’s experts help you to analyse your market risk and develop tailor-made solutions to hedge your currency, interest or commodity risk. RBI supports you from the evaluation of your risk tendency, to the selection of suitable products for you, to active after-care and ongoing monitoring of your trades. 

RBI sales teams act as a ‘Centre of Competence’ for all matters on the topics of treasury and investment banking and are your link to the international currency, interest, securities and commodity markets.

RBI is the only Austrian bank with a presence in both the world’s financial centres and in Asia, the group’s further geographical area of focus.

In total, more than 59,000 RBI employees service about 15 million customers through around 3,000 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 78.5% of the common stock; 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 group head office of the entire RZB Group, including RBI.    

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