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27.01.06

RZB worldwide No 1 in bank financing

Unchallenged Market Leader by Number of Transactions

In 2005, the RZB Group has arranged 99 syndicated loans worldwide, 69 ofwhich for other banks. This remarkable improvement of its own recordestablished in 2004 (totalling 70 mandates) is all the more astonishingas competition in this segment has significantly gained momentum in thelast year. With this outstanding performance RZB becomes the leadingarranger of the financing of banks worldwide, according to DealogicLoanware.

This record clearly shows that RZB succeeds in combining the special expertise and the market-specific experience of a Relationship Bank with those of a global operating Investment Bank, says Walter Rothensteiner, CEO of Raiffeisen Zentralbank Osterreich AG (RZB).

This success is underpinned by our strengths in Russia, Turkey, in the Balkans and in South East Asia, says Patrick Butler, Member of RZBs Managing Board with responsibility for Financial Institutions, Treasury and Investment Banking. However we have become a major player also in EU-markets like Portugal, Iceland and in the Baltic States. RZB has demonstrated in an international environment that it ranks among the first names in syndication not only in CEE but also in the hard-fought Western markets.

It has almost become routine that RZB was the leading arranger inCentral and Eastern Europe (CEE) once again in 2005 where RZB increasedthe number of mandates won by another 13 to 49, according to DealogicLoanware. But at the same time thisroutine cannot be taken for granted. The fight for mandates has become tougher and especially in the new member states of the EU we are facing fierce competition with the biggest players, adds Butler.

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Raiffeisen Zentralbank Osterreich AG (RZB) is the central institution ofthe Austrian Raiffeisen Banking Group, the country''s most powerfulbanking group. It is a leading corporate and investment bank and alsoconsiders Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) as its home market. Vialisted subsidiary Raiffeisen International Bank-Holding AG (RaiffeisenInternational), it operates one of the leading banking networks in CEEwith 16 subsidiary banks and numerous finance leasing companies in 16markets. 9.2 million customers are served via 2,400 business outlets.

For further information please contact Andreas Ecker-Nakamura (+43.1/71707-1753, andreas.ecker@rzb.at) or Manuel Vaid (+43.1/717 07-1626,manuel.vaid@rzb.at). http://www.rzb.at, http://www.ri.co.at

 

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