Who we are


Find out about our story and what we stand for.

Mission

Private banking that creates new opportunities.

In an era of global markets, we search for unseen opportunities and find new paths for our customers. Therefore we are constantly challenging the status quo, and combining our visionary approach with a solid accountability.

Vision

We ensure our customers stay ahead.

We never stop chasing opportunities. Our customers have different goals, and we employ individual approaches to achieve them. We offer innovative and tailor-made solutions proactively. This is enhanced by close personal contact and up-to-date digital service.

Values

Foresight. Drive. Respect

Developments on the global markets and the growth in wealthy customers demand our careful assessment and foresight. New perspectives, intelligent planning and the advantages of digitization allow us to lead the way.

We have the power, the drive and the size to succeed, and use this strength according to the needs of our customers.

In this way we establish lasting relationships that are built on trust and security. The result is mutual respect as well as a greater appreciation of our customer services.

Our history

  • 1819

    The spirit of Erste Group goes back to its foundation in 1819. It is a story about the idea of helping people gain financial independence.

    To this day our major focus lies on supporting people in creating wealth and Erste Private Banking is an import pillar to fulfil this role. Since 2010 Erste Private Banking has adopted a group-wide holistic and common approach and has developed a common strategy.
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  • 1993

    Erste Private Banking in Austria

    • Founded in 1993
    • Market leader in Austria with market share of 25% incl. Sparkassen
    • Assets under Management: 17 bn. EUR total client assets from approx. 9.000 clients
    • Focuses on wealthy private and corporate clients and provides private banking services including wealth and portfolio management
    • Awarded many times:
      • By Euromoney: Best Private Banking in Austria 2010, 2011 and 2012
      • By The Banker: Best Private Banking in Austria 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018
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  • 2007

    Erste Private Banking in Czech Republic

    • Founded in 2007
    • Among the market leaders with share of 18%
    • Assets under Management: 3 bn EUR from recently more than 4.000 clients
    • Operating in all regions within the Czech Republic - 12 regional centers in Praha, Plzeň, Pardubice, Liberec, České Budějovice, Ústí nad Labem, Ostrava, Brno, Zlín and Olomouc
    • Awarded:
      • By Euromoney: Best Private Banking in Czech Republic 2011
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  • 2008

    Erste Private Banking in Hungary

    • Founded in 2008
    • Among the TOP 4 in Hungary with approx. 14% market share
    • Assets under Management: 1,6 bn. EUR, serving more than 1600 clients at 10 locations countrywide
    • Got a boost at the beginning with the integration of ING Hungary’s Private Banking business; in 2012 with the acquisition of BNP Paribas’s Hungarian Wealth Management and it aims to proceed with its growth strategy, for instance with the Citibank acquisition in 2015
    • Awarded:
      • By Euromoney: Best Private Banking in Hungary 2012
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  • 2010

    Erste Private Banking in Romania

    • Founded in 2010
    • Assets under Management: more than 1,3 bn. EUR, serving more than 2500 clients
    • Is part of BCR - the most valuable financial brand in Romania according to customer confidence and number of people using BCR banking services. BCR is Romania's No. 1 bank in terms of asset value, client base and in terms of savings and crediting.
    • Awarded:
      • By Euromoney: Best Private Banking in Romania 2012
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  • 2011

    Erste Private Banking in Croatia

    • Founded in 2011
    • Headquartered in Zagreb, with additional offices in Rijeka and Split
    • Assets under Management: more than 1,1 bn. EUR, serves approx. 1000 high-net worth clients
    • Is providing wide range of investment solutions in accordance to individual needs, risk tolerance and time horizon
    • Is in line with the overall Erste Private Banking strategy, where priority is given to high-quality products, service and expertise
    • Awarded:
      • By Euromoney: Best Private Banking in Croatia 2013
      • By The Banker: Best Private Banking in Croatia 2014, 2017, 2019
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  • 2011

    Erste Private Banking in Slovakia

    • Founded in 2011
    • Is leader on the market in long – term investment solutions and serves more than 1400 customers
    • Assets under Management: more than 900 mn EUR, serves more than 1400 clients
    • Strong regional representation in Bratislava, Trnava, Nitra, Trenčín, Banská Bystrica, Žilina, Košice and Prešov
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Owner

Erste Private Banking is part of Erste Group. 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.

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.

Erste Group shareholder structure

Our Management

Erste Bank Oesterreich

Mag. (FH) Thomas Schaufler
Chief Retail Officer and Private Banking
privatebanking@erstebank.at

“All we do for our clients we do with quality and passion.”

Česká spořitelna

Tomáš Petr
Head of Erste Private Banking
tpetr@csas.cz

„Every situation in life is a choice. Our mission is to be the first one for the client."

Slovenská sporiteľňa

Michal Orlovský 
Head of Erste Private Banking
orlovsky.michal@slsp.sk

“The objective of our collaboration is to design the best solution for you and your investments. Trust, personal care and involvement are the norm for us. Our private bankers look forward to meeting you and working with you.”

BCR

Andra Ion
Head of Erste Private Banking
andra.ion@bcr.ro

“Future generations have the privilege to surpass us. Let's give them timeless values: trust and the best service in private banking.”

Erste Bank Hungary

Laszlo Somlai
Head of Erste Private Banking
laszlo.somlai@erstebank.hu

„Understanding the needs of our clients and to become a reliable companion in their life and throughout generations is our ambition.”

Erste Bank Croatia

Kristina Buconjić
Head of Erste Private Banking
kbuconjic@erstebank.com

“Don't be afraid to follow your dreams – right doors will open when you least expect it"