Ukraine nationalizes its largest bank, PrivatBank

The Ukrainian government said in a statement Sunday it was now the “100 percent owner of PrivatBank and guarantees the uninterrupted functioning of this institution and the safety of its clients’ money.”

The bank was subject to local media reports it gave loans to insiders that might never be repaid. PrivatBank’s bonds have fallen by almost 50 percent since the reports surfaced in November. The bank controls one third of Ukraine’s deposits and also has branches in Baltic countries.

Former owner Igor Kolomoyskiy is a billionaire who was an early target of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s fight against corruption. Dragon Capital economist Sergiy Fursa said “80 to 90 percent of PrivatBank’s loans were to institutions” controlled by Kolomoyskiy.

http://www.dw.com/en/ukraine-nationalizes-its-largest-bank-privatbank/a-36820289

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s