Speakers

George Katsikas
Executive Director
UBS


George is an Executive Director in the Investment Banking division of UBS covering financial institutions across the EMEA region. He joined UBS in July 2014 from Credit Suisse, where he spent 6.5 years also covering European financial institutions.

He has been involved in most of the capital raisings and M&A transactions of the Greek banks over the past few years.

Some examples include advising National Bank of Greece on the sell-down of €90m of treasury stock in 2007, the €2.3bn rights issue in 2010, the €2.0bn non pre-emptive capital raising in 2013, the acquisition of Eurobank in 2013 (subsequently blocked by the European Authorities), the formulation of the restructuring plan submitted to the DGComp in 2013 / 14 as a result of the State-Aid received, the senior bond issues and liability management exercises conducted between 2007 and 2013, as well as the recent €750m covered bond issuance executed in 2017.

George also advised Piraeus Bank on the €800m rights issue in 2011, the €1.75bn non pre-emptive capital increase in 2014, the acquisition of Panellinia Bank in 2015, the €4.7bn non pre-emptive capital raise in 2015, the sale of Piraeus Bank's subsidiary in Cyprus in 2016, and the sale of ATE Insurance to ERGO, also completed in 2016.

In addition to Greek banks, George has advised some of the largest European banks as well as debt purchasers and debt servicers (including Santander, Royal Bank of Scotland, Millennium BCP, Lindorff, Intrum, Lowell, and other) on key strategic transactions and capital raising initiatives. George also advised the UK Government on the recapitalisation of the UK banking sector and the structuring of an Asset Protection Scheme in 2009.