CEE locals step up but internationals still in the game

By Mariam Meskin
13 Aug 2020

Domestic lenders across central and eastern Europe, often government owned, have stepped up during the coronavirus pandemic to provide substantially more funding than ever before. But international bankers still see plenty of syndicated lending opportunities in the region.

“Things have changed a lot over the last few years. Whoever thinks domestic banks in CEE are still small-time players is living in the past,” said a banker at a European firm based in Warsaw. “Especially in Poland, the banking sector is far more advanced than it was ...

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