Last year saw the celebration of «100 years of Ford in Russia,» with Raiffeisenbank serving as the General Partner of Planet Auto, the official Ford dealer in Chelyabinsk. The drawing to determine the winner of the main prize, a cash award of 100,000 rubles dedicated to Ford's 100th year in Russia, was broadcast live on the Vostochniy Ekspress television channel on January 26.
According to Shukhrat Sobirov, the director of Raiffeisenbank's Southern Urals branch, participation in events of this kind has become a fine tradition: «We provide continuous support to Planet Auto in joint test drives and presentations of new automobiles. As a result, we currently have over 500 clients who acquired automobiles through Raiffeisenbank's lending program.»
ZAO Raiffeisenbank is a subsidiary of Raiffeisen International Bank-Holding AG. Raiffeisenbank is the largest foreign-owned bank in Russia, ranking 7th in terms of assets among top Russian banks based on Q3 2007 results (Interfax-CEA). Raiffeisenbank is ranked 7th in terms of corporate lending based on Q3 2007 results (Interfax-CEA). According to Interfax-CEA, ZAO Raiffeisenbank ranked 4th in Russia in terms of private deposits and 6th in consumer lending in Russia based on Q3 2007.
Raiffeisen International Bank-Holding AG (Raiffeisen International) operates the largest banking network in CEE. 18 markets of Europe’s growth region are covered by subsidiary banks, finance leasing companies, two representative offices and a number of other financial service providers. Over 13 million customers are attended to through more than 3,000 business outlets. Raiffeisen International is a fully consolidated subsidiary of Raiffeisen Zentralbank Osterreich AG (RZB), which owns 68.5 per cent of the common stock. The balance per cent is free float, the shares are traded on the Vienna Stock Exchange. RZB is a leading corporate and investment bank in Austria and the central institution of the Austrian Raiffeisen Banking Group, the country’s largest banking group.