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UniCredit Romania - RON 135m Senior Unsecured Bond



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Financial institutions

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Approval date:

15 Nov 2022



PSD disclosed:

26 Dec 2022

As permitted by paragraph 2.6 of Section III of the Access to Information Policy, disclosure of this PSD was deferred in accordance with paragraph 1.4.4 of the Directive on Access to Information.

Project Description

RON 135 million investment by EBRD in a senior unsecured bond issued by UniCredit Bank S.A., as part of a local issuance of RON 488.5 million. The bond has a maturity of 5 years and will be listed on the Bucharest Stock Exchange.

Project Objectives

The proceeds of EBRD's investment in the bond will further enhance the lending capacity of UniCredit Bank SA, a Romanian bank of systemic importance, and will be channelled for on-lending to businesses in Romania that have been directly or indirectly affected by economic consequences of the war on Ukraine, with the ultimate goal of preserving livelihoods in the country.

Transition Impact

ETI score: 65

The transition impact of the project stems from the following qualities:

Resilient - the project will support a systemic bank's resilience to market shocks and diversify its funding structure.

Inclusive - the project will enable UniCredit Bank SA to further increase financing to private businesses affected directly or implicitly by the impacts of the war on Ukraine, enabling them to remain operational, thus safeguarding the resilience of their human capital and sustaining the livelihood of entrepreneurs and that of their workforce.

Client Information


UniCredit Bank SA is a Romanian bank of systemic importance; and part of UniCredit, a pan-European commercial banking group with service offering in Italy, Germany and Central and Eastern Europe.

UniCredit Bank SA is rated by Fitch as BBB (stable) as of December 2022.

EBRD Finance Summary

RON 135,000,000.00

Total Project Cost

RON 488,500,000.00


Financing structure and risk mitigation: EBRD financing provides (i) funding in local currency in a market with reduced RON liquidity, and (ii) funding diversification in an environment of high market volatility; EBRD's participation as an investor in the bond catalysed the market to support this capital market issuance by UniCredit Bank SA.

Environmental and Social Summary

Categorised FI (ESP 2019): UniCredit Bank Romania is an existing client of EBRD and performance on environmental and social (E&S) issues to date has been satisfactory and complies with the EBRD's Performance Requirements (PRs) 2, 4 and 9 under existing exposures.  For this transaction UniCredit Bank Romania will be required to continue to comply with PRs 2, 4 & 9, adhere to the EBRD's E&S requirements and submit AESRs to the Bank.

Company Contact Information
Bd. Expozitiei Nr. 1F, Sect. 1, Bucuresti, Cod Postal 012101, Romania

PSD last updated

26 Dec 2022

Understanding Transition

Further information regarding the EBRD’s approach to measuring transition impact is available here.

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OCCO is also responsible for investigating allegations of fraud, corruption and misconduct in EBRD-financed projects. Anyone, both within or outside the Bank, who suspects fraud or corruption should submit a written report to the Chief Compliance Officer by email to All matters reported will be handled by OCCO for follow-up. All reports, including anonymous ones, will be reviewed. Reports can be made in any language of the Bank or of the Bank's countries of operation. The information provided must be made in good faith.

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Independent Project Accountability Mechanism (IPAM)

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IPAM independently reviews Project issues that are believed to have caused (or to be likely to cause) harm. The purpose of the Mechanism is: to support dialogue between Project stakeholders to resolve environmental, social and public disclosure issues; to determine whether the Bank has complied with its Environmental and Social Policy or Project-specific provisions of its Access to Information Policy; and where applicable, to address any existing non-compliance with these policies, while preventing future non-compliance by the Bank.

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