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Alfa Bank merges investment bank with its corporate bank

By Jason Corcoran in Moscow Russia’s Alfa Bank is merging its investment bank with its corporate bank into one division. The new unit will be aimed at increasing Alfa’s ability to sell products ranging from loans to advice on takeovers to its 40,000 plus corporate clients. The move mirrors a decision taken by Citigroup in… Continue Reading

COMMENT: Russian issuers face up to onerous new limits on foreign IPOs

New Russian foreign listing rules could hike the cost of equity capital for Russia companies at a time when many of them are over-leveraged and starved for equity financing, according to the Corporate Department of Latham & Watkins in Moscow. In June 2009, the Russian Federal Service for the Financial Markets (FSFM) published proposed amendments… Continue Reading

VEB cleared to invest in non-sovereign bonds by November

By Ivan Anderzhanov in Moscow Russia’s state development bank Vnesheconombank (VEB) will be allowed to purchase non-government bonds by November, according to new rules expected to be approved by the government shortly. The new rules will enable VEB to increase its portfolio allocation of non-sovereign bonds to 40%. The credit rating of the bonds, other… Continue Reading

COMMENT: Watch Kazakhstan for Russian banks’ path out of crisis

By Rustam Botashev, Equity Analyst at Unicredit Securities Total non-performing loans (NPLs) in Kazakhstan reached 30.8% as of 1 July, but a more manageable 14.4% excluding BTA and Alliance, and we expect a gradual economic recovery to keep banks from being washed away in an NPL flood. The aggregate 30.8% figure is skewed by the… Continue Reading

COMMENT: Russia’s equity market – rising like a phoenix

Angelika Millendorfer, Head of Emerging Markets Equities at Raiffeisen Capital Management. Russia’s equity market was one of the biggest losers last year. But since the beginning of 2009, it has been one of the top performers even though a strong correction swept the market in June and July. So far prices are up by around… Continue Reading

Raiffeisen boosts capital by €1.3bn as second wave of bad debt looms

Raiffeisen International, the Austrian group with an extensive Russian and Eastern Europe network, has bolstered  its core capital by raising €1.25bn, as banks in the region get ready for the next wave of bad debt due to hit next month. The group announced today itwill issue €600m in participation rights and €650m in hybrid Tier… Continue Reading

Hires & Fires: Unicredit hires senior sales exec Uebel/ Credit Agricole appoints Matthias Warnig/ RTS adds board member

Italian bank UniCredit has recently hired the experienced Patrick Uebel from Deutsche Bank as a senior international equity sales executive covering clients in Europe, the US and the UK. German-national Uebel had spent less than a year at Deutsche Bank in Moscow in its equity division. He had previously worked at DWS, the German bank’s… Continue Reading

Revealed: Russian computer whizz in Goldman Sachs trading storm started his career as a trainspotter

Sergey Aleynikov, the Russian-born computer developer charged with stealing precious Goldman Sachs‘ trading codes, started his career at the Ministry for Transportation in Moscow as a trainspotter. Aleynikov, a naturalised US citizen who emigrated from Russia in 1991, allegedly unlawfully copied, duplicated, downloaded and transferred computer codes from Goldman Sachs and uploaded the codes to… Continue Reading

Hires & Fires: Goldman banker surfaces at McKinsey/ Oligarch hires Merrill banker/ Nayak boost Deutsche's structuring team

Igor Livant, a former executive director at Goldman Sachs in Moscow, has surfaced as an associate principal at consultants McKinsey & Company. Livant, who left the American investment bank in February, had been at Goldman’s for three an a half years. He has extensive experience in equity and M&A deals in Russia and the CIS.… Continue Reading

EBRD bolsters Troika as banking system battens down the hatches

The European Bank of Reconstruction and Development has approved a $150 million five-year loan for Troika Dialog as part of the development bank’s $500m package to buttress Russian banks against a second wave of bad debt, which is expected to peak in two months time. The loan comes three months after South Africa’s Standard Bank… Continue Reading

Hires & Fires: Kandel quits Unicredit as Aton ramps up/ Blackrock parts company with Monoviski

By Taras Rybak in London Alexander Kandel, chief executive and head of investment banking at Italy’s UniCredit Securities in Moscow, is leaving the group just as it is engaged in a battle with Russian bank Aton for its staff. UniCredit said Kandel was leaving shortly for “personal reasons”  to take some time out and would… Continue Reading

Renaissance Capital is axing its annual investment forum / Senior executives are leaving Troika Dialog

Russian investment bank Renaissance Capital is axing its annual investment forum showcase in Moscow following a turbulent nine months when it has been forced to cut 50% of its staff and sell half of the company to billionaire oligarch Mikhail Prokhorov. The three-day forum has in the past attracted thousands of investors and fund managers… Continue Reading

Hires/Fires: Nomura boosts Russian research effort/ VTB Capital carry on hiring

Japanese investment bank Nomura has boosted its Russian research effort with the appointment of Ivan Tchakarov as an economist and Vladimir Zhukov as an equity analyst. Tchakarov, a Russian economist, is to be based in London while Zhukov will cover steel and raw materials from Nomura’s Moscow base. Zhukov had previously worked at Lehman Brothers… Continue Reading

VTB Capital hires equity sales gunslinger Capone/ ING's Wood hits the road

Exclusive: Hires/Fires Russian investment bank VTB Capital has recruited sales gunslinger Michael Capone from  Goldman Sachs in Moscow for its own growing equity sales team. The VTB press office declined to comment whether the recruitment of Capone represented an end to its hiring freeze. American Capone, an executive director at Goldman Sachs in Russia, joined… Continue Reading

Troika Dialog taps Nazarov from Credit Suisse for IB

Alexander Nazarov has defected to Troika Dialog from Credit Suisse, where he worked as director of the investment banking. Nazarov will join Troika as managing director in investment banking and will report to Jacques Der Megreditchian, Managing Director, Head of Investment Banking and Global Markets at the Troika Dialog Group. Prior to Credit Suisse, Mr.… Continue Reading

Emerging Markets: Russian International Reserves Decline

Russia’s international reserves declined for the second straight week as the strengthening dollar caused a currency revaluation. The world’s third-largest stockpile declined $1.1bn in the week to April 10 to $383.9bn, the Moscow-based central bank said yesterday. Reserves dropped $3bn in the previous week for the first fall in three weeks. “We put the fall… Continue Reading

Blog: Investors shy away from Russia's bubbling equity market

Investors fishing for emerging markets prefer to cast their line for commodities in Brazil rather than cast into Russia’s waters. The latest data last week from Emerging Portfolio Fund Research indicate new inflows into funds covering Brazil worth $462m while Russia funds reported a measly intake of $18m. While capital flows into Russia-dedicated funds dipped… Continue Reading

BRIC banks being built to last

Banks in the BRIC world of emerging markets are in better nick than their counterparts in the US and Europe, according to Allianz Global Investors, one of the world’s largest active fund managers. Allianz, a investment subsidiary of the German insurer with £850bn under management, said the lack of exposure to the toxic assets plaguing… Continue Reading

Renaissance Capital wins first mandate from Prokhorov

Renaissance Capital has come up with an M&A authorization for major shareholder Mikhail Prokhorov since he holds a 50%-minus one share in the bank. RenCap is advising Onexim, (Prokhorov’s investment vehicle); the same company that helped Prokhorov acquire a share in the bank  last September on the purchase of 65% share in RBC Information Systems… Continue Reading

Standard Bank aquires stake in Troika Dialog

STANDARD BANK has appointed Peter Ghavami (former head of capital markets in Russia at Lehman Brothers & prior to that with UBS where he was the global head of commodities to partner Nick Jordan in building its Russian business) to control its investment in Moscow brokerage Troika Dialog. The South African bank acquired a third… Continue Reading