Financial Regulatory Forum

Austrian bank tax could lead to sell-out -RZB

Raiffeisen Zentralbank Chief Executive Walter Rothensteiner

Raiffeisen Zentralbank Chief Executive Walter Rothensteiner

    VIENNA, Feb 5 (Reuters) – An Obama-style bank tax proposed by Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann could lead to a sector sell-out to foreign buyers, the head of Raiffeisen Zentralbank [RZB.UL], one of Austria’s top lenders, was quoted as saying on Friday. (more…)

Austria nationalises Hypo to avoid bank’s collapse

By Christian Gutlederer and Peter Maushagen

VIENNA/MUNICH, Dec 14 (Reuters) – Austria nationalised Hypo Group Alpe Adria on Monday to avoid a collapse that could have undermined trust in banks in eastern Europe and cast doubt over Austria’s and Germany’s backing of state-owned lenders.

Austria is taking full control of the ailing bank after a high-stakes gamble over the weekend that soured German-Austrian relations and required interventions by the presidents of the European Central Bank and the Bundesbank to be resolved.

German state bank BayernLB, Austrian insurer Grawe and the Austrian region of Carinthia are to give away their stakes for a nominal amount, while injecting around 1 billion euros ($1.5 billion) of capital, Finance Minister Josef Proell said.

Austrian watchdog orders Hypo to boost capital

hypo   VIENNA, Nov 19 (Reuters) – Austrian financial watchdog FMA has told German state bank BayernLB’s [BAYLB.UL] Hypo Group Alpe Adria unit that it must approve a capital injection at a Dec. 10 emergency shareholder meeting, FMA officials said late on Wednesday. (more…)