Location of affected unit(s)
Italy, Germany, Austria, Ukraine, Russia, Romania, Turkey and other CEE
Financial Services
Financial And Insurance Activities
Financial Service Activities, Except Insurance And Pension Funding
64 - Financial service activities, except insurance and pension funding

9,000 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
11,500 jobs
Number of planned job creations
Job creation
Announcement Date
26 June 2008
Employment effect (start)
26 June 2008
Foreseen end date


On 26 June 2008, the Austrian newspaper „Der Standard“ reported plans of the Italian UniCredit bank group – after its acquisition of Capitalia – of intensifying the corporation’s cost saving programme. Accordingly, the group’s CEO, Alessandro Profumo, announced redundancy plans involving around 9,000 employees in the medium term, mainly in Italy, but affecting also its subsidiaries HypoVereinsbank in Germany and Bank Austria in Austria. In parallel, 1,300 new branches are planned to be set up in the CEE countries (900 of them in Russia, Turkey, Romania and Ukraine) with the creation of an estimated 11,500 new jobs. The UniCredit group is the second largest bank operator in Europe and the most important operator in the CEE region, employing around 70,000 people in the CEE countries.


  • 26 June 2008: Der Standard


Eurofound (2008), UniCredit, Merger/Acquisition in World, factsheet number 66784, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/66784.