Category Archives: Deals

Sberbank lending $2.2bn to Potanin’s Interros conglomerate

By Andrei Skvarsky. Sberbank CIB, the investment arm of Russia’s biggest lender Sberbank, has pledged to open several five-year credit lines to a total of $2.2bn for oligarch Vladimir Potanin’s Interros multi-industrial investment conglomerate. The money will be used to refinance part of Interros’s current loan portfolio and fund some of the projects of the… Continue Reading

CBRE acquired Sogesmaint-CBRE

CBRE Group, the global commercial real estate services and investment firm, today announced that it has acquired full ownership of SOGESMAINT-CBRE, a property and asset management specialist operating in Belgium. CBRE has held a minority interest in the company since 2006. SOGESMAINT-CBRE was established in 1973 and today it is one of the leading property… Continue Reading

EBRD provides €30m for district heating infrastructure in Western Ukraine

The EBRD is continuing its drive to modernise Ukraine’s district heating sector with investments aimed at increased energy and cost efficiency, improved financial sustainability and regulatory reform of municipal utilities. {{{*}}} Its latest project in this sector, in the largest western Ukrainian municipality of Lviv, will consist of an EBRD loan of up to €20… Continue Reading

EBRD channels €52.1 to major Ukrainian developer

The EBRD is organising a financing package of up to €52.1 million to a major domestic retailer, Multi Veste Ukraine, for the construction and development of an international quality, inner-city retail centre. Up to €30 million of the total amount will be syndicated to Unicredit Bank. {{{*}}} The project represents a substantial investment into the… Continue Reading

Myanmar Unveils $500 Million Tourism Plan

The Government of Myanmar, alongside the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of Norway, today unveiled a Tourism Master Plan which outlines 38 development projects valued at nearly a half billion dollars that will help increase Myanmar’s tourism competitiveness, protect environmentally important areas, and safeguard ethnic communities. “This master plan outlines a path to… Continue Reading

RVC co-creates Russian war industry’s first civilian high tech-focused fund

By Andrei Skvarsky. Russia’s state-owned RVC fund of funds for high-tech promotion and defence firm Ramenskoye Instrument Design Bureau (RPKB) have set up what is the Russian military industry’s first-ever venture fund to invest in civilian high-tech projects. The Defence Industry Civilian Technologies fund will have 1bn rubles ($31m) under management and will be managed… Continue Reading

Mail.Ru Group Invests $1.5 Million in Visual Search Company, Cortica Ltd.

Mail.Ru Group invested in Israeli-based Cortica Ltd. Cortica is the pioneer of a new approach to computer-driven understanding of images and videos through its unique and proprietary Image2Text™ technology. Mail.Ru Group is investing $1.5 million in Cortica in order to support and access its Image2Text™ technology. This investment is a part of the larger round… Continue Reading

Sberbank lends $250m to leading producer of titanium

By Andrei Skvarsky. Sberbank, Russia’s largest bank, has lent $250m to Russian company VSMPO-AVISMA, a leading producer of titanium with Airbus, Rolls-Royce, General Electric and Boeing among its customers. The deal was arranged by Sberbank CIB, the bank’s investment arm. “The structure of the deal enabled the borrower to optimise its debt burden and allowed… Continue Reading

East Capital Real Estate signs new deal in Riga

East Capital Baltic Property Fund II has acquired a retail property in Riga, which is long term leased to Prisma Hypermarket (‘Prisma’). The property is located on Deglava street in Riga, one of the main traffic arteries eastbound from the city, and in the middle of a densely populated residential area. The retail property has… Continue Reading

iTech Capital invested in Garpun

Russian iTech Capital has invested US$ 3.5 mln in a solution for professional online ad management. Russian ad tech startup Garpun which developed a box solution to provide digital agencies and corporate advertisers with a full set of tools for professional online ad management, has raised $3,5 million in its first round of funding. The… Continue Reading

AB InBev, CVC Capital in legal battle over StarBev sale earn-out

CVC Capital Partners has found itself in legal hot water with its only new investment in the CEE region – the deal with Anheuser-Busch InBev and StarBev. CVC’s sale of StarBev to Molson Coors in April 2012 has triggered AB InBev to claim earn-out money. However, CVC claims that during the holding period, it invested “heavily” in brand development, marketing and… Continue Reading

EBRD boosts renewable energy sector portfolio in Ukraine

The EBRD continues promoting and supporting renewable energy projects in Ukraine aimed at reducing the environmental impact of traditional power generation. Renewable energy is yet to establish itself as a major contributor to Ukraine’s energy security but it is starting to play a greater role in its sustainable energy supply. The latest renewable energy project… Continue Reading

Sberbank lending $239.5m for de luxe real estate project

By Andrei Skvarsky. Sberbank, Russia’s largest bank, has signed a deal with a developer to open a 7.5bn-ruble ($239.5m) five-year credit line for building a de luxe residential compound in Moscow. The loan was arranged for Moscow-based development company Restavracia N by Sberbank CIB, the lender’s investment arm. A total of more than 14bn rubles… Continue Reading

4D Global Energy Advisors invest $17M in Aladdin Middle East

As part of a funding round of USD20 mln initiated by Turkey-focused oil and natural gas company Aladdin Middle East (AME), 4D Global Energy Advisors have invested USD17 mln through its Fund III. The remainder of the funding was provided by the founders of AME, who continue to be majority stakeholders in the company. The funding will primarily be used… Continue Reading

VTB Capital acquires stake in largest satellite TV operator in Russia

VTB Capital has acquired a minority stake – pegged at 25 per-cent plus one share – in Tricolor TV, Russia’s biggest satellite television operator. The investment amount is deduced to be in the range of between USD125 and USD175 mln, valuing the operator as as much as USD700 mln. The valuation is considerably lower than last… Continue Reading

Rusnano to invest in next gen microprocessors

Rusnano, Russia’s largest nanotech company 100% owned by the state, announced last week that its board of directors has approved the funding of a project aimed at developing and commercializing next gen high-capacity energy-efficient microprocessors based on advanced nanotechnology (max. 28 nanometer design rule). Rusnano didn’t disclose the name of the company to further the project; nor… Continue Reading

Financing Sustainable Energy Investment for Bulgarian Business

Raiffeisenbank (Bulgaria) EAD and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) have signed a second line of credit under the Bulgarian Programme for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (BEERECL). This will allow Raiffeisenbank (Bulgaria) to expand financing for sustainable energy investment by private companies in Bulgaria. The EBRD loan of €7.5 million will be… Continue Reading

AVentures Capital invests in network software developer nuPSYS

AVentures Capital has acquired a minority equity stake in nuPSYS, the world’s leading visual network software developer. AVentures Capital and nuPSYS, Inc, didn’t disclose the financial details of the Series A deal to the public. AVentures was the lead investor in the round, whereas nuPSYS is in talks with international investors to increase the size… Continue Reading

iTech Capital invested in Garpun

Russian ad tech startup Garpun which developed a box solution to provide digital agencies and corporate advertisers with a full set of tools for professional online ad management, has raised $3,5 million in its first round of funding. The round was led by Moscow-based iTech Capital PE & VC fund. The funds will be used… Continue Reading

Elbrus Capital buys into Russian B2B-Center

Russian Private Equity firm Elbrus Capital, that manages two funds with total assets of over US$ 600 million, has acquired a significant minority stake of 23 per cent in B2B-Center, the largest operator of an online procurement marketplace in Russia. The procurement platform will use the funds to expand its operations and fortify its current market position. B2B-Center… Continue Reading

Sberbank taking over Citi’s retail business in Turkey

By Andrei Skvarsky. DenizBank, a Turkish operation of Russia’s biggest lender Sberbank, has clinched a deal to buy Citibank’s retail business in Turkey. DenizBank is taking over a network which, as of December 31, had gross assets and deposits that totalled 1.2bn Turkish lira (more than $650m) and 1.5bn lira (over $800m) respectively, more than… Continue Reading

Sberbank buying 12 Boeing 737 jets for leasing

Sberbank, Russia’s biggest lender, has signed a $1b deal to buy 12 Next-Generation 737-800 airliners from Boeing to be supplied to Russian airline Transaero under Russia’s first-ever agreement on the operational leasing of imported aircraft. Sberbank will provide its operational leasing customers with “modern, world-class finance solutions”, the bank and the U.S. aircraft industry giant… Continue Reading

J.P. Morgan, Credit Suisse named as IPO bookrunners for Russia’s Qiwi

Qiwi, the operator of one of Russia’s largest networks of electronic payment terminals, is considering an initial public offering of shares on NASDAQ in mid-2013 and has named J.P. Morgan and Credit Suisse as the bookrunners, according to investment intelligence website Invest IQ. Qiwi, which has not disclosed its share pricing plans, would offer up… Continue Reading

Sberbank, China’s "Big Four" AgBank to do business together

By Andrei Skvarsky. Russia’s biggest lender Sberbank and Agricultural Bank of China (AgBank), one of the Asian country’s four largest state-owned commercial banks, have signed a memorandum of understanding pledging cooperation in a wide range of activities. {{{*}}} Trade financing and ruble and yuan settlements are some of the business lines covered by the memorandum, signed… Continue Reading

Prokhorov's Onexim completes buyout of Renaissance Capital

By Andrei Skvarsky. Onexim, a major Russian investment fund owned by billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov, has completed the buyout of Russian investment bank Renaissance Capital. {{{*}}} The transaction, launched in September 2012, makes Onexim the sole owner of RenCap, according to a statement from the two companies. All necessary regulatory approvals have been obtained except for that from… Continue Reading

EBRD invests US$ 24.3 million in Egyptian white goods manufacturer

The EBRD is launching its first project with an Egyptian owned company and is now actively providing support to the four reforming economies in the Middle East and North Africa. The EBRD is lending 150 million Egyptian pounds (US$ 24.3 million) to Universal Metallurgical Company S.A.E. to finance the completion of a plant that will… Continue Reading

Moscow Exchange launching T+2 deferred settlement scheme

By Andrei Skvarsky. The Moscow Exchange is launching on March 25 a T+2 settlement system, an arrangement where payment for securities that have been bought must be made no later than two business days after the transaction. {{{*}}} The exchange plans to simultaneously continue using its current T+0 immediate payment scheme until the end of… Continue Reading