Category Archives: Hires & Fires

Renaissance boosts wealth management arm with two hires

By Andrei Skvarsky. Renaissance Advisors, an investment unit of Renaissance Group, has  boosted its Moscow team by hiring Vagan Amichba and Kirill Schmidt. Amichba has been hired as managing director and a senior financial advisor focusing on the group’s ultra-high-net-worth individuals and cross-selling into all businesses. Before joining Renaissance, he ran his own M&A consulting… Continue Reading

Martin Schwedler named as head of Raiffeisen Invest in Moscow

By Andrei Skvarsky. Austrian bank Raiffeisen has promoted Martin Schwedler to chief executive officer of its investment banking unit in Russia. The joint venture, owned equally by Raiffeisen Investment and ZAO “Raiffeisenbank” in Moscow, offers Russian corporate customers access to equity capital markets and M&A services. Shvedler said he plans to expand the activities of Raiffeisen’s local investment banking… Continue Reading

BCS poaches top e-traders from RenCap

By Andrei Skvarsky.   Russian broker BCS has hired three senior electronic traders from Renaissance Capital, including head of e-trading Stanislav Surikov.   The other RenCap defectors are Rizwan Kayani, who was chief operating officer at Renaissance’s e-trading group, and Michael Smith, who was in charge of the group’s international sales.   BCS, a Moscow-based… Continue Reading

UralSib hires Pioneer Investments banker as head of marketing

By Andrei Skvarsky.   Russian bank UralSib has hired Karen Kesoyan from global investment management firm Pioneer Investments as head of marketing and business development at its asset management division.   Kesoyan spent 12 years at Troika Dialog, first as head of public relations and then as advertising director, before joining Pioneer Investments, where he… Continue Reading

UralSib hires former Barclays analyst

By Andrei Skvarsky. Russian bank UralSib has hired Anton Tabakh, a former researcher at Barclays and Troika Dialog, as senior fixed income analyst. Tabakh spent several months as a freelance analyst after a brief stint with Barclays. He was senior fixed income analyst both at Barclays and at Troika, covering Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan in… Continue Reading

EXCLUSIVE: HSBC hires Zhukov from Nomura as head of research

By Andrei Skvarsky. HSBC has hired Vladimir Zhukov from Nomura as head of research in ramping up its investment banking arm in Moscow after deciding to sell its retail operations in Russia. Zhukov confirmed to that he had started work as head of Russian equity research and metals and mining analyst at the British bank,… Continue Reading

Renaissance hires Cherny from Interros, Goldman's Barinstein

By Andrei Skvarsky. Russian brokerage Renaissance Capital has hired two senior bankers to cover operations in Russia, the CIS and Central and Eastern Europe. Anton Cherny has joined as the London-based head of business development. He worked for Renaissance as head of capital markets from 2005 to 2008, having previously held a senior corporate finance… Continue Reading

Third Rome's Kogan joins Moscow Partners broker

By Andrei Skvarsky. Former Third Rome senior partner Yevgeny Kogan has become managing director and a partner at Moscow Partners, an investment firm that plans a major advance into financial markets after years of relatively low activity. Kogan left Third Rome on June 30 over strategic differences with the top management of the Moscow-based wealth… Continue Reading

EXCLUSIVE: Otkritie hires ex-Central Bank economist

By Andrei Skvarsky. Russian brokerage Otkritie has hired Polina Badasen, a former economist at the Russian Central Bank, as an economist for Russia and the CIS. Badasen’s duties at the Central Bank included recommendations for exchange rate and interest rate policies and liquidity forecasts for the banking sector. In her Otkritie job, Badasen backs up… Continue Reading

Nick Jordan makes a comeback as head of UBS

By Ivan Anderzhanov Nick Jordan, the former head of Lehman Brothers in Moscow, has made a surprising comeback as the head of Russia and CIS for Swiss bank UBS. Jordan, who was allegedly brought to Lehman from Deutsche Bank for $10m over years, had been in limbo for the past year after losing out in… Continue Reading

Rencap’s Aganbegyan quits Rencap to join Micex

By Ivan Anderzhanov Ruben Aganbegyan, the former president of Renaissance Capital, is leaving the investment bank to takeover as president at Micex, the largest Russian stock exchange. Aganbegyan, who was demoted in February this year following a shake-up by Rencap  founder Stephen Jennings, will take up his new role  on June 21. He replaces Konstantin… Continue Reading

EXCLUSIVE: Sberbank hires Romaev as head of new debt unit

By Andrei Skvarsky Russia’s largest lender Sberbank has hired Dmitry Romaev as head of its new debt capital markets unit for Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa (CEEMEA) from Otkritie. Romaev, who was previously chief financial officer at Otkritie, said the unit had already hired three other bankers to work on large… Continue Reading

Exclusive: Deutsche Bank back in the hiring game in Russia ?

By Andrei Skvarsky Deutsche Bank has recently hired Igor Sorokin from Troika Dialog, appointing him as vice president in charge of structuring. The German bank seems to be back in the market for new hires following yesterday’s announcement of two analyst hires, George Buzhenitsa and Natalia Smirnova, from UniCredit Securities. Other rivals have so far… Continue Reading

Exclusive: VTB hires Jaeckel as deputy head of quant research

By Andrei Skvarsky Russia’s VTB Capital bank has recently hired Peter Jaeckel as deputy head of quantitative research at its London office. Jaeckel combines the job with the position as managing director of OTC Analytics, a British-based financial derivatives analysis company he has founded after a four-year stint as a senior analyst with ABN AMRO.… Continue Reading

BofA Merrill Lynch boost EMEA research with three hires

By Marcus Williams BofA Merrill Lynch  has beefed up its EMEA research platform with three hires as part of a new EMEA economics and fixed income strategy group. Arko Sen joins the group with seven years of experience in emerging EMEA fixed income strategy, most recently at Barclays Capital, along with Jean-Michel  Saliba who has… Continue Reading

Fleming hires Troika Dialog duo in expansion

By Andrei Skvarsky London-based asset management company Fleming Family & Partners (FF&P) has hired two former managers for Troika Dialog and one from Trust Bank in an expansion of its Russian business. Alexander Yakubov, previously chief equity market analyst at Russian investment bank Trust, was appointed a managing director and strategist at the Moscow-based subsidiary,… Continue Reading

BoFA Merill Lynch hires Nomura's Meissner as EMEA head

Bank of America Merrill Lynch has lured investment banking rainmaker Christian Meissner from Nomura. Meissner will report to Michael Rubinoff and Purna Saggurti, co-heads of global investment banking, and drive the growth of the investment banking  franchise across EMEA, according to a statement today. He will sit on the global corporate & investment banking operating… Continue Reading

EXCLUSIVE: Two senior bankers leave JP Morgan to join state-backed advisory boutique

By Ivan Anderzhanov Two senior bankers quit Wall Street bank JP Morgan in Moscow last week and are believed to be joining  an  invesment boutique focused on advising  the state in the acquisition of domestic  and foreign energy assets. understands that Stanislav Song, one of the most reputable M&A bankers in Russia, and Hamid… Continue Reading

Troika hires fund management head from Renaissance

By Ivan Anderzhanov Troika Dialog has hired Anton Rakhmanov to run its asset management business less than three months after its founder Pavel Teplukhin quit the Moscow group. Rakhmanov, who will oversee the Troika Dialog Asset Management., joins in May. He has 15 years experience and has been hired from rival Renaissance Investment Management, where… Continue Reading

Ex-Renaissance and Alfa managers to set up $1bn fund

By Andrei Skvarsky Former managers at Renaissance Group and Alfa Group plan to set up a new $1bn private equity fund to invest in Russian companies. The new fund to be run by Elbrus Capital will incorporate funds acquired from Renaissance Partners, the Renaissance Group subsidiary, according to a report in RBC Daily. Elbrus plans… Continue Reading

VTB Capital names Alexey Zabotkin as investment strategy head

Russian investment bank VTB Capital has named Alexey Zabotkin as its new head of investment strategy. He joins the bank from VTB Asset Management, where he had been chief investment officer and deputy chief executive since September 2009. In 2008-09, he was chief investment officer with United Capital Partners, a Moscow-based investment boutique. For the… Continue Reading

Moscow recruiter Antal hires former Rencap recruitment head

By Andrei Skvarsky Russian recruitment firm Antal has hired Karl Franzmann, a former director of recruitment at Renaissance Capital, the Moscow-based emerging markets bank. Franzmann, whose tenure at Renaissance Capital coincided with the bank’s initial rapid expansion into sub-Saharan Africa and other developing markets, has over ten years of experience in executive recruitment and executive… Continue Reading