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03.01.2007

UniCredit Group wins several awards for its CEE activities

The US financial magazine "Global Finance" named UniCredit Group "Best Trade Finance Bank in Central and Eastern Europe". The bank has also won the award "Best Trade Finance Bank in Austria" (Bank Austria Creditanstalt) and "Best Trade Finance Bank in Poland" (Bank BPH). "Global Finance" has more than 245,000 readers in 158 countries. Its target group comprises top managers and finance experts. Criteria for choosing the best Trade Finance Bank included transaction volume, scope of global coverage, customers service, competitive pricing and innovative technologies. The ranking will be published in the February issue.

Additionally, UniCredit Group has received a series of awards from the magazine "Finance New Europe" in recognition of its activities and achievements in Central and Eastern Europe: In the regional award categories, the Group has been named "Best Investment Bank" (CA IB), "Best Brokerage and Custody House" (CA IB), "Best Privatization – Budapest Airport" (CA IB) and "Best Project Finance House" (BA-CA). The Group also won the country awards as "Best Bank" in Bulgaria, in Bosnia and Herzegovina and in Poland.

Furthermore, UniCredit Group has been selected for the "Best Cross-Border Expansion Strategy" by the British magazine "Retail Banker International". The award was presented at a ceremony in London in the end of November.

During the past years, UniCredit Group has received more than 300 awards in recognition of its achievements in Central and Eastern Europe. Euromoney and The Banker repeatedly named the bank "Best Bank" and "Bank of the Year". Numerous prizes were also awarded in the fields of custody, trade finance, project finance, foreign exchange and to the CEE subsidiaries of UniCredit Group.

UniCredit Group operates the largest international banking network in CEE with more than 3,000 offices. More than 60,000 employees serve some 25 million customers. The UniCredit Group maintains offices in the following CEE countries: Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia,  Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey and Ukraine.

Enquiries: Bank Austria Creditanstalt International Press Relations
Ildiko Füredi-Kolarik, Tel. +43 (0)5 05 05-57102;
E-Mail: ildiko.fueredi-kolarik@ba-ca.com