Company structure | RZB Group

Raiffeisen Zentralbank Österreich AG (RZB) is the core company of the RZB Group. Founded in 1927, RZB is Austria’s third-largest bank and the lead institute of the Austrian Raiffeisen Banking Group (RBG), making it the largest banking group in the country in terms of balance sheet total. The RGB represents about one quarter of the domestic banking market, has the densest network of banks in the country, with more than 2,200 independent banks and their branches, and employs more than 23,000 people.

The RBG has a three-tier structure and comprises the Raiffeisen banks, the Raiffeisen regional headquarters at provincial level and RZB. The Raiffeisen banks are private cooperative banks and owners of the Raiffeisen regional headquarters of their respective province. These in turn together hold around 88 per cent of the RZB common shares.

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The Raiffeisen Banking Group (RBG) has a three-tier structure and is number 1 in Austria

1st tier: The 490 independent and locally active Raiffeisen banks and their 1,671 branches form the first tier.

2nd tier:  The Raiffeisen banks of a province are owners of their respective Raiffeisen regional headquarters. The eight regional headquarters form the second tier. These are responsible for balancing liquidity and other central services for the Raiffeisen banks within their area of operation and also act as independent universal banks.

3rd tier: Raiffeisen Zentralbank (RZB) is the lead institute of the Raiffeisen Banking Group and forms the third tier in this function, together with central service tasks.

Structure Raiffeisen Banking Group

Raiffeisen Zentralbank Österreich AG (RZB) is the lead institute of the Raiffeisen Banking Group in Austria (RBG). It is the controlling holding for the entire RZB Group, including Raiffeisen Bank International AG (RBI) with the largest CEE network of any Austrian bank. RZB organises synergies and common solutions between the RBG and RBI, as well as services, products and processes for the RBG

Headquartered in Vienna, Raiffeisen Zentralbank also operates a Representative Office in Brussels.

RBI – Most important shareholding of the RZB Group

RBI is Austria’s third-largest bank and one of the country’s leading commercial and investment banks, with a balance sheet total of  € 149 billion per 31. March 2012. RBI resulted from the 2010 merger of Raiffeisen International Bank-Holding AG and the principal business areas of RZB. By joining Raiffeisen International's broad distribution network in CEE with RZB's comprehensive product offering, the newly-merged bank has been strengthened in its position as one of the leading universal banks in Central and Eastern Europe. RBI views both CEE and Austria as its home market. In Austria, RBI specialises in commercial and investment banking, serving the country’s top 1,000 companies and views itself as the corporate finance partner for this customer group and as a leading provider of export financing.

One of the largest banking groups in CEE

RZB was already active in CEE even before the process of political transition started in the region and before the fall of the Iron Curtain. RZB founded its first CEE subsidiary bank in Hungary in 1986 and can draw on more than 25 years of experience in the region's banking business. RZB has centralised the responsibility for its CEE banking network - which is one of the largest in the region -  at Raiffeisen Bank International. RBI covers 17 markets across the region through subsidiary banks, leasing companies and a range of other financial service providers.

To complement the products and services in its core business, RBI also offers a range of financial services from specialised companies on the markets in Central and Eastern Europe. These include services related to mergers and acquisitions, privatisation and consulting, equity capital participations, real estate development, project management and fund management.

Niche player on the international markets

Outside of CEE, RBI is a niche player on the international markets, with its representative offices and branches offering a range of products designed to match the specific needs of the Group's clients.

Among Austria's banks, RBI has the strongest presence in Asia, with branch offices in Singapore, Beijing and Xiamen, as well as representative offices in Harbin, Hong Kong, Zhuhai, Seoul, Mumbai and Ho Chi Minh City. RBI also boasts a strong presence in the world's leading financial centres, with offices in New York and London, a bank in Malta and representative offices in Brussels, Frankfurt, Paris, Stockholm, Chicago, Houston and Los Angeles, underlining its function as a link between East and West.

 

Network Raiffeisen Bank International
 

Ingrid Krenn-Ditz

Head of Group Communications | Spokeswoman
Raiffeisen Bank International AG
Am Stadtpark 9, 1030 Wien
Tel: +43-1-71707-6055
Fax: +43-1-71707-3802
ingrid.krenn-ditz@rbinternational.com
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