UniCredit is a leading European commercial bank with an international network spanning 17 European countries and 50 markets, with 7,934 branches and more than 144,000 employees. UniCredit benefits from a strong European identity, extensive international presence and broad customer base. Its strategic position in Western and Central Eastern Europe (CEE) gives the Group one of the region’s highest market shares. In recent years, UniCredit has consolidated its position in Austria, Germany and Italy. In these three countries, which collectively represent one of the continent's wealthiest transnational regions, the Group has strengthened its presence both through organic growth and strategic acquisitions.