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EBRD Invests in Poland's Altus TFI

The EBRD plans to invest up to PLN 50 million (€12 million equivalent) in the forthcoming IPO of Altus TFI S.A. on the Warsaw Stock Exchange. Altus is a privately held mutual fund and asset management company in Poland with more than PLN 5 billion of assets under management across 36 funds. Continue Reading

Russian-American startup iBuildApp raises another $200,000

Mobile app builder iBuildApp has raised $200,000 from Starta Capital and Nikolay Belykh. iBuildApp is an international project that enables clients to build and manage mobile apps. As well as being a resident of Moscow’s Skolkovo IT-Park, the project also has its headquarters in Foster City, California. Continue Reading

Russia’s Renaissance Capital hosts annual investor forum

By Andrei Skvarsky. Renaissance Capital, one of Russia’s leading privately owned investment banks, has hosted an annual investor conference in Moscow, a three-day event that opened on June 23 and was expected to bring together more than 200 attendees with assets under management totalling more than $3trn. Continue Reading

ASIA FRONTIER CAPITAL – Country Snapshot: Nepal

From Asia Frontier Capital – Newsletter for May After ten years of civil war between the government and Maoist rebels ended in 2006, Nepal is looking to shed its violent past and provide its citizens with political stability and economic growth. In the foreseeable future, economic growth will largely depend on the government’s ability to exploit… Continue Reading

Sberbank wants apologies from Ukraine’s top prosecutor

By Andrei Skvarsky. Sberbank chief executive Herman Gref has asked Ukraine’s chief prosecutor to apologise for “groundless” allegations that Russia’s biggest lender has been financing pro-Russian separatists who are fighting government troops in eastern Ukraine. Continue Reading

Ozon acquires stake in LitRes, the leading Russian e-book store

Source – East-West Digital News Ozon Holdings, one of Russia’s most established e-commerce players, announced that it acquired a stake in LitRes, the leader in Russia’s fast growing – though still embryonic – domestic e-book market. Neither the size of the stake nor the amount of the transaction has been disclosed. Continue Reading

Sanctioned Bank Rossiya parts with $362m as clients withdraw forex

By Andrei Skvarsky. Client accounts at Bank Rossiya have plunged by a total of 12.6bn rubles ($362m) since the end of March as customers have been withdrawing foreign currency from the St Petersburg-based lender after the United States imposed sanctions on it. {{{?}}} Bank Rossiya limited its business to ruble transactions after the U.S. government… Continue Reading

Russia-Ukraine crisis threatens recovery in the EBRD region

The crisis in Russia and Ukraine is having a severe impact on the economies of the two countries and is threatening to slow down the recovery in the wider EBRD region – or even bring it to a complete halt. {{{?}}} The EBRD’s latest economic report predicts growth in the transition region of just 1.4 per cent in 2014,… Continue Reading

Investors in Crimea to receive “considerable” Russian government support

Investors willing to inject money into the Crimea will receive “considerable support” from the Russian government, Oleg Savelyev, the Russian minister responsible for the region, promised earlier this month. {{{?}}} As Rusbase reported, in addition to Russian and Ukrainian investors, Minister Savelyev hopes investors from China, India, Korea and the entire Southeast Asia will also line… Continue Reading

Ukraine and EBRD launch initiative to combat corruption

The government of Ukraine has pledged to do more to combat corruption with the support of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), multilateral organisations as well as domestic and foreign business associations. {{{?}}} The Ukrainian Anti-Corruption Initiative aims to improve the investment climate and to strengthen the economic outlook by ensuring greater accountability and transparency… Continue Reading

EBRD appoints Managing Director for Eastern Europe and the Caucasus

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has appointed, Francis Malige to the new position of Managing Director for Eastern Europe and the Caucasus. {{{?}}} Mr Malige assumed his role 1 May. He is responsible for leading the Bank’s operations in Belarus, Moldova, Ukraine, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia. Initially based in London, he will be relocating to Kiev later in the… Continue Reading

EBRD steps up lending to Ukraine as part of international support package

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is significantly increasing its public sector lending in Ukraine as it joins in the response of the international community to support the Ukrainian economy. {{{?}}} In a project financed together with the European Investment Bank, the EBRD is providing a €200 million loan to finance the modernisation… Continue Reading

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GUEST COMMENT: On the road to Donetsk?

By Tyler Hawkins Sunshine, PhD World War III is certainly not looming and any fallout from recent events in the Ukraine will only have a short-lived effect on capital markets in Russia, let alone the rest of the world. {{{?}}} Russian equity indices and credit default swaps are trading at the lower end of the… Continue Reading

Russia expects its own chip for bank cards as early as 2015

{{{?}}} Pursuing the goal of setting up its own payment operation and clearing centers to circumvent US-based Visa and MasterCard, Russia may have its own homemade chip for banking cards as early as next year. According to East-West Digital News, the first all English-language online resource dedicated to Russian digital industries, citing the Russian business daily… Continue Reading

Sberbank CIB opens second RUB 6.8 bln line of credit for INTECO Group

{{{?}}} Sberbank CIB1 has signed an agreement with INTECO Group on the financing of construction of the 146,000 sq. m “Liner – Zapad” Multifunctional Complex in the Khodynskoe Polye neighbourhood. This line of credit totals RUB 6.8 bln. The agreement was signed for a period of 4.5 years. On behalf of Sberbank CIB this deal was structured… Continue Reading

Microsoft supports Moscow University-based computer vision and big data research

{{{?}}} Microsoft and Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia’s most renowned institution of higher learning, shook hands earlier this month on a joint $1m research project, East-West Digital News, the first all English-language online resource dedicated to Russian digital industries, reported last week, citing a press release from the US company. The three-year agreement calls for close collaboration… Continue Reading

EBRD channels $40 million to support Ukrainian grain farmers

{{{?}}} The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is once again demonstrating its commitment to Ukraine’s agribusiness sector, which received over €160 million from the Bank in 2013 alone. The EBRD is providing a loan of up to US$ 40 million to over 30 farms and elevators across Ukraine owned by NCH New Europe… Continue Reading

Renaissance Capital makes net profit of $14m for FY13

By Andrei Skvarsky. Renaissance Capital, one of Russia’s leading privately-owned investment banks, has reported a net profit of $14.09m for fiscal year 2013 after losses it had been sustaining before its takeover by billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov’s Onexim group a year ago. {{{?}}} RenCap lost $378.24m for fiscal year 2012, the Moscow-based bank said in a… Continue Reading

Post-Crimea capital outflow huge threat to Russian growth – minister

By Andrei Skvarsky. With a boost given by the international political aftermath of Moscow’s annexation of Crimea, capital outflow threatens to drastically slow Russia’s economic growth, with recession not unlikely, the economics minister has warned. {{{?}}} An estimated $60bn has been taken out of Russia since the start of 2014, about as much as for… Continue Reading