Founded in 1819 as the first Austrian savings bank, Erste Group went public in 1997 with a strategy to expand its retail business into Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). Since then Erste Group has grown through numerous acquisitions and organic growth to one of the largest financial services providers in the Eastern part of EU in terms of clients and total assets.

The number of customers has increased from 600,000 to approx. 16.5 million in Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania, Hungary, Croatia and Serbia. Erste Group’s key business is the retail business, covering the entire spectrum from lending, deposit and investment products to current accounts and credit cards. Besides the traditional strength in serving private individuals, Erste Group’s core activities include advisory services and support for corporate clients in financing, investment and access to international capital markets, public sector funding and interbank market operations.

Criteria for financing

Companies in Austria and CEE with attractive future perspectives and interesting growth potential, “proof of concept” done, interesting industry from investors’ point of view.

Volume of financing

Depending on sector and corporate phase

Scope of services

Our Corporate Finance/Equity Capital Market team assists and advises our clients in all kinds of equity-linked transactions. We are specialized in initial public offerings (IPOs), SPOs and capital increases. We look back on a considerable corporate finance experience. Our excellent placement power with institutional investors is complemented by our placement power in the retail sector.

Reference data

Erste Group Track Record (pdf-file 100 KB) 


Vienna, Austria


Am Belvedere 1
1100 Vienna


Contact person

Jürgen Prumetz
Head of Equity Capital Markets
T +43 (0)50100 – 15016