Since then, the bank came a long way. In 2017, it was ranked as one of the leading banks in Europe, according to tier one capital. In terms of transaction value, Sberbank was one of the leading merger & acquisition financial advisors, with nearly 3.2 billion U.S. dollars in deals closed under its supervision in Central and Eastern Europe as of the first half of 2018. The bank was also one of the major Visa & Mastercard acquirers in Europe, with 5.3 billion card merchant transactions.
In terms of the financial assets share belonging to Sberbank on the wider market in Russia, it fluctuated on the same level over the years, just under 30 percent. The breakdown of total bank assets showed that 68.2 percent of these were in loans and advances to customers, the majority in mortgage loans and consumer credit, including credit cards, and a further 24.6 percent in liquid assets. 40.5 percent of all loans to private customers in Russia were attributable to Sberbank in 2017.
As evidenced by the market shares described above, Sberbank plays a crucial role on the Russian financial market. Its importance extends to Central and Eastern Europe, as well as to the post-Soviet republics. The number of subsidiary bank branches in the region is extensive: 228 branches in Central and Eastern Europe, 740 in Turkey and a further 117 in Kazakhstan. In 2017, nearly 252 thousand employees worked directly for Sberbank in Russia, and a further 45.77 thousand worked in subsidiary banks and companies. In terms of gender split, nearly 68 percent of the employees were women, though in the governance of the bank, approximately 85 percent were men, as of 2017.