to Content
Header Image

02: Financial and economic turbulences in CEE/SEE – Impact and remedies

-
Hauptschule
Breakout / Working Group
english language

Supported by Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwälte GmbH, Attorneys at Law
The troubled status of the financial markets and the world economy poses unprecedented challenges to enterprises around the globe. The session focuses on the current risks and opportunities in the CEE region, and how leading companies and financial institutions position themselves in order to be successful. This concerns general strategic considerations, like market position and tensions between core business focus and diversification or divestments and investments. The panel will also discuss financing strategies, emergency plans, restructuring projects and new opportunities for business in CEE.

Speakers

Member of the Board of Executive Directors, OeKB - Oesterreichische Kontrollbank AG, Vienna
Minister of Economy, Republic of Macedonia, Skopje
Associate Director, Mid Europa Partners LLP, London
Vice-Rector for Financial Affairs and Infrastructure, Vienna University of Economics and Business, Vienna
Director, Mergers & Acquisitions, CEZ Group, Prague
Former Chief Executive Officer, Raiffeisen Bank International AG, Vienna
Head, Practice Group Corporate/M&A, Wolf Theiss Attourneys at Law, Vienna Chair

Mag. Helmut BERNKOPF

Member of the Board of Executive Directors, OeKB - Oesterreichische Kontrollbank AG, Vienna

1987-1994 WU Vienna University of Economics and Business
1994-1997 Manager, Corporate Finance, Bank Austria AG
1997-2000 Assistant Director, Head of Loan Syndications, Bank Austria Creditanstalt International, London
2000-2001 Executive Director, Head of Corporate Banking, Bank Austria Creditanstalt Romania S.A., Bucharest
2001-2004 Deputy Chief Executive Officer, HVB Bank Romania S.A. (previously Bank Austria Creditanstalt), Bucharest
2005-2006 General Manager, Head of CEE Division, Bank Austria Creditanstalt AG, Vienna
2007-2008 Deputy Chairman, UniCredit Bank, Russia (previously International Moscow Bank); Acting Chairman of the Management Board
  Executive Vice President, Head of Corporate and Investment Banking Austria, UniCredit Group
2008-2011 Member of the Management Board, UniCredit Bank Austria AG
2011-2012 Global Head of Private Banking UniCredit S.p.A., Senior Executive Vice President, Member of Business Executive Committee, UniCredit Group
  Senior Executive Vice President, Head of Commercial Banking
2013-2016 Member of the Management Board, UniCredit Bank Austria AG
since 2016 Member of the Board of Executive Directors, OeKB, Oesterreichische Kontrollbank AG, Vienna

Ph.D. Fatmir BESIMI

Minister of Economy, Republic of Macedonia, Skopje

1999-2000 President of the Management Board, Association of Modern Economics (AME), Tetovo
2000 Professional associate, Stopanska Banka a.d. Skopje, branch office in Tetovo
2001-2002 Researcher, Research Directorate of the National Bank of the Republic of macedonija
2002-2003 Director, public Enterprise for Airport Services Makedonija
2003-2004 Vice governor, National Bank of the Republic of Macedonia
2004-2006 Minister of Economy, Republic of Macedonia
2007 PhD in Economics, Staffordshire University, (UK)
 since2008 Minister of Economy, Republic of Macedonia
2007-2008 Economist at the World Bank office in Kosovo

B.A. Nikolaus BETHLEN

Associate Director, Mid Europa Partners LLP, London

 Nikolaus Bethlen is an Associate Director at MidEuropa Partners and is based in Budapest. He is responsible for sourcing and executing direct equity investments across Central Europe. Previously, he was with Kohlberg, Kravis, Roberts & Co. in London executing investments in a wide range of industries and geographies in Europe. Prior to joining KKR he was with Morgan Stanley & Co. in its European Mergers and Acquisitions and Capital Markets Departments in London where he was involved in a number of cross-border mergers, acquisitions and financings. He holds a B.A. from Durham University (England) and is an Austrian National.

Mag. DDr. Regina PREHOFER

Vice-Rector for Financial Affairs and Infrastructure, Vienna University of Economics and Business, Vienna

1974-1980 Study of economics at the University of Economics and Business Administration in Vienna
1977-1980 Study of law at the University of Vienna
1980 Doctor's degree in both fields of study
1980-1981 Legal practice at court
1981-1987 Deputy Head of Legal Department/ Export Guarantees, Oesterreichische Kontrollbank AG
1987-1999 Creditanstalt-Bankverein (from 1 January 1998 Creditanstalt AG)
1992 Head of Trade and International Project Finance
1993 Assistant General Manager and Deputy Head of Finance Division
1995 Deputy General Manager and Head of Finance and Consulting Division, additionally from
 
 Following the integrations steps in the Bank Austria Creditanstalt Group from July 1999:
1998 Head of Division, Multinational Corporates and Insurance Sector
1999-2002 Head of Group Division, Multinational Corporates and Products, Bank Austria AG
2000 Head of Multinational Corporates, Corporate and Trade Finance Division, additionally from
2002 Head of Corporate Customers Division
2002 Head of Multinational Corporates, Corporate and Trade Finance Division, Bank Austria Creditanstalt AG
  responsible for Multinational Corporates, Corporate Customers and Real Estate Finance (April 2003 - January 2004)
  additionally responsible for the CEE region (January 2004 - May 2006)
  Corporate Banking and UniCredit Group's Leasing Operations (May 2006 - December 2007)
  Corporate Banking and Sponsor for Global Account/ Cross Border Business Management within the UniCredit Corporate
  Division Executive Management Committee (January 2008 - September 2008)
2003 Member of the Management Board, Bank Austria Creditanstalt AG
 May 2011 Vice-Rector, Infrastructure, Vienna University of Economics and Business
 Oct. 2011 Vice-Rector for Financial Affairs and Infrastructure, Vienna University of Economics and Business
2008-2010 Member of the Managing Board and Chief Executive Austrian Banking, BAWAG P.S.K. (responsible for Retail and Commercial Business)

Vladimir SCHMALZ

Director, Mergers & Acquisitions, CEZ Group, Prague

  University of Economics, Faculty of International Relations (graduation 1994)
  Stays abroad and short-term attachments to the Universität Hannover (Germany), the Universität Münster (Germany), Hochschule St. Gallen (Switzerland), ESCP Paris (France) and the
  International Institute for Politics and Economics in Hamburg (Germany)
1991-2004 General Director, SAWBAC, Czech and Slovak Republic; later Chairman of the Board of Directors and a shareholder of SAWBAC company
since 2004 Director of Mergers & Acquisitions, CEZ, a.s., Czech Republic

Mag. Dr. Karl SEVELDA

Former Chief Executive Officer, Raiffeisen Bank International AG, Vienna

1968-1973 Master's degree in Economics, University of Economics,Vienna
1973-1976 Independent Research Work for the Federal Ministry for Science and Research
1980 Doctor's degree
1977-1983 Creditanstalt-Bankverein, Corporate Finance and Export Finance
1983-1985 Secretary to the Federal Minister for Trade and Industry
1985 Creditanstalt-Bankverein London and New York
1986-1989 Head of Export Finance Department, Creditanstalt-Bankverein
1988-1989 Deputy Head of Corporate Finance Division, Creditanstalt-Bankverein
1989-1993 Head of Corporate Finance Division, Creditanstalt-Bankverein
1993-1997 Head of Multinational Corporates Division, Creditanstalt-Bankverein
1997 Head of Corporate Banking Division (in addition to a.m. responsibility), Creditanstalt-Bankverein
1998-2010 Raiffeisen Zentralbank Österreich AG: Member of the Board of Managing Directors, in charge of Corporate Customers and Corporate, Trade and Export Finance worldwide
2010-2013 Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Raiffeisen Bank International AG
2013-2017 Chief Executive Officer, Raiffeisen Bank International AG

Dr. Dieter SPRANZ

Head, Practice Group Corporate/M&A, Wolf Theiss Attourneys at Law, Vienna

1991 Intern, Kavanagh, Peters, Powell & Osnato, New York
1992-1993 University of Louvai-la-Neuve, Belgium
1993 Law Clerk
1995 University of Vienna, (Dr. iur.)
1995-1998 Associate, Cerha Hempel & Spiegelfeld
1998 Associated Attorney, Cerha Hempel & Spiegelfeld
since 1998 admitted in Austria
since 1999 admitted in the Czech Republic
since 1999 Partner, Wolf Theiss

Economic Symposium

show timetable

01.09.2009

14:00 - 14:30OpeningPlenary
14:30 - 16:00The weight of Europe: Economic policy interests in a multipolar global economyPlenary
16:30 - 18:00The future shape of Europe: Visions and realityPlenary
19:00 - 20:30Special Lecture: Where is Turkey going?Plenary
20:30 - 23:00Reception hosted by the Austrian National BankSocial

02.09.2009

09:00 - 10:30Europe and the international financial systemPlenary
11:00 - 12:30European energy and climate policies: Defensive self-limitation or technology push?Plenary
14:30 - 18:00Working group 01: Innovation in der Krise! Gerüstet für den Aufschwung?Breakout
14:30 - 18:00Working group 02: Financial and economic turbulences in CEE/SEE - Impact and remediesBreakout
14:30 - 16:00Working group 03: Post Lissabon - Europas (Wieder-) Aufstieg zur Wirtschaftsweltmacht?Breakout
14:30 - 18:00Working group 04: Values and virtues: Can ethics lead Europe back to the top?Breakout
14:30 - 18:00Working group 05: Protektionismus als Folge der Krise?Breakout
14:30 - 18:00Working group 06: Wirtschaft und Politik - zwei Systemlogiken. Kann das Vertrauen im Unterschied wachsen?Breakout
14:30 - 18:00Working group 07: Vertrauen in einer vernetzten WeltBreakout
14:30 - 18:00Working group 08: Smart Metering - die Zukunft der Versorgungssicherheit?Breakout
14:30 - 16:00Working group 09: Intelligente Infrastruktur - Wie lange noch bis zum Systeminfarkt?Breakout
14:30 - 18:00Working group 10: The future of security of supply - how does the "gas crisis" affect European energy policy? die europäische Energiepolitik?Breakout
14:30 - 18:00Working group 11: Das Management der KriseBreakout
14:30 - 16:00Working group 12: Arbeitsmarkt und Beschäftigungspolitik in der KriseBreakout
14:30 - 18:00Working group 13: Korruption in KrisenzeitenBreakout
14:30 - 18:00Working group 14: Sustainable tourism: Adding Value in a responsible wayBreakout
14:30 - 18:00Working group 15: Gesundheitswesen - Kostenfalle oder Wachstumsmotor?Breakout
14:30 - 18:00Working group 16: Der Wirtschaftskrise ganzheitlich begegnen - Betriebliche Gesundheitsförderung (BGF) als europäischer WegBreakout
16:30 - 18:00Working group 17: Greisender Kontinent - Reif für die Weltmacht?Breakout
16:30 - 18:00Working group 18: Connecting markets, connecting continents - Logistics as an engine for growthBreakout
16:30 - 18:00Working group 19: The Dawn of E-MobilityBreakout
19:00 - 20:30Special Lecture: Business culture and crisis management in Europe - The European Management ModelPlenary
20:30 - 23:00Reception hosted by Deutsche Telekom AGSocial

03.09.2009

09:30 - 12:00The future of Europe and political accountabilityPlenary
12:00 - 12:15Closing remarksPlenary