Category Archives: Hires & Fires

New Governor of the Bank for Malta

Following the general election in Malta on 9 March 2013, Mr Edward Scicluna has taken office as Minister for Finance. Mr Scicluna also becomes EIB Governor for the Republic of Malta. He was also elected in 2009 to the European Parliament where he served for four years as Vice-Chairman of the Economic and Monetary Affairs… Continue Reading

Sberbank puts ex-RBS banker in charge of FICC sales

Sberbank has hired Peter Urbanczyk from Royal Bank of Scotland as head of fixed income, currencies and commodities (FICC) sales for the Americas. {{{*}}} Urbanczyk, whose investment banking career spans over 28 years and includes jobs with Bear Stearns, Credit Lyonnais and National Westminster Bank, will be based at the US office of Sberbank CIB, Sberbank’s… Continue Reading

Sberbank hires ex-Barclays banker to run forex trading

By Andrei Skvarsky.  Sberbank has hired Steven Weller, a former Barclays, Lehman Brothers and Citi banker {{{*}}}, as head of foreign exchange trading at the largest Russian lender’s investment arm, Sberbank CIB. Weller, who joined Sberbank on March 22, is based in Moscow, Sberbank said in a statement. He has spent over two decades working… Continue Reading

EXCLUSIVE: BrokerCreditService hires ex-UBS banker as senior utilities analyst

By Andrei Skvarsky. Russian brokerage BrokerCreditService (BCS) has hired Igor Goncharov, a former researcher {{{*}}} with Swiss bank UBS and Dutch lender ING, as senior utilities analyst. Goncharov took up his Moscow-based position at BCS on March 11, Luis Saenz, head of equity and derivatives sales and trading at the firm’s London office, told… Continue Reading

Gazprombank names ex-Swiss banker as head of asset management

Gazprombank has appointed Aylin Suntay, a former Swiss banker who joined the Russian lender in September 2012, {{{*}}} as head of asset management. Suntay headed the small cap equities business at Geneva-based Pictet Asset Management for over a decade before leaving the firm a year ago. In her new position, she replaces Anatoly Miliukov, who… Continue Reading

Former Russian unit of Barclays hires investment banking chief

Moscow’s Expobank, the former Russian retail unit of British bank Barclays, has hired Nikita Riauzov, {{{*}}} an ex-top manager at Russian lender MDM, as head of corporate and investment banking. Riauzov spent nine and a half years at MDM, one of Russia’s largest private banks, first as head of corporate and investment business and then,… Continue Reading

RenCap hires IT chief from BrokerCreditService

Renaissance Capital, a Russian investment bank focusing on emerging markets, has hired {{{*}}} Vladimir Gibenko from Russian brokerage BrokerCreditService (BCS) as head of information technology. Gibenko took up his new job on March 1, RenCap said in a statement. He returned to Renaissance, where he held IT-related positions before taking charge of the IT service at BCS. Gibenko worked at Alfa-Bank… Continue Reading

Otkritie puts deputy CEO Romaev in charge of Nomos

Russia’s Otkritie financial group has given an extra role to Dmitry Romaev, its deputy chief executive and chief {{{*}}} financial officer, by appointing him as chief executive officer of Nomos, a Moscow bank bought out by Otkritie in autumn 2012. As head of Nomos, Romaev succeeds Dmitry Sokolov, who was the lender’s chief executive since… Continue Reading

Wermuth’s pro-environment fund pulls off second deal in short while

By Andrei Skvarsky. Wermuth Asset Management, a German firm with most of its business interests in Russia, has reported a second transaction by its sustainable energy-focused Green Gateway Fund, with the previous deal announced just three days ago. {{{*}}} Green Gateway Fund, whose legal name is Europe-Tatarstan Cleantech Fund, led a group of investors that put… Continue Reading

EBRD to have permanent office in Jordan

By Andrei Skvarsky. The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development is to have a permanent office in Amman under a recent agreement with the Jordanian government. {{{*}}} The EBRD said in a statement that it had appointed Heike Harmgart, one of its senior economists, as head of the office. The EBRD, which began investing in… Continue Reading

Russia’s Aton hires ex-UBS banker to run new brokerage arm

Russia’s Aton investment group has hired Alexei Sizov, a former UBS, JP Morgan and Renaissance Capital banker, as head of institutional business at its new brokerage Aton Capital. {{{*}}} Sizov will oversee the equity, fixed income, treasury, direct market access and research units and the brokerage’s office in London, the Moscow-based group said in a… Continue Reading

Wermuth reports deal, two senior appointments

By Andrei Skvarsky. The Green Gateway Fund, a 110m-euro investment fund run by Germany’s Wermuth Asset Management, has acquired a minority stake in The Mobility House (TMH), a Germany-based provider of charging equipment for electric vehicles. {{{*}}} Wermuth’s statement that reported the deal did not disclose the size of the stake. Wermuth, a firm with… Continue Reading

RenCap hires traders from Alfa-Bank, Aton

Russia’s Renaissance Capital has announced it has hired Dmitry Ryzhkov from Alfa-Bank as vice president and equity sales trader for Russia and the CIS and Yury Nefedov from Aton as associate and fixed income currencies and commodities (FICC) trader. {{{*}}} Ryzhkov worked as an equity sales trader at UniCredit Aton from 2006 to 2008 before… Continue Reading

Moscow Exchange hires former LSE exec to run intl sales

The Moscow Exchange has hired Tom O’Brien from TMX Group, the firm operating the Toronto Stock Exchange, as head of international sales.  {{{*}}} O’Brien will be based in London and starts his new job in April, the Moscow bourse said in a statement. He has spent 17 years at the London Stock Exchange in various roles… Continue Reading

Sberbank bankers moving to Swiss firm to look after Russian HNWIs

{{{?}}} Sberbank is parting company with equity trader Rufat Askerov and equity salesperson Alexei Dolgikh, who have been hired by Swiss private banking group Julius Baer to work with Russian high net worth individuals. Askerov, Dolgikh and former Alfa-Bank executive Alexander Muratov, who has been running his own business in London since 2008, will be… Continue Reading

Jones Lang LaSalle appointed Natalia Tischendorf as Head of Corporate Finance for Russia & CIS

{{{?:0}}} Jones Lang LaSalle promoted Natalia Tischendorf to Head of Corporate Finance for Russia & CIS. Natalia joined Jones Lang LaSalle seven years ago and has been working as a National Director in the Capital Markets department. In her new role Natalia will be focusing on helping local and international companies with raising equity and… Continue Reading

Russia's MDM parts company with deputy CEO

{{{?:0}}} MDM Bank, one of Russia’s largest private lenders, has parted company with its deputy chief executive Nikita Riauzov. Riauzov is going to take a few weeks to choose a new job, according to the website. He was head of corporate and investment banking at MDM for nearly eight years before being promoted to… Continue Reading

KKR appoints Jorge Fergie to head Brazil efforts

{{{?:0}}} Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. appointed Jorge Fergie as firm’s Managing Director to head its São Paulo, Braziloffice and business development in Brazil, effective March 1, 2013. In this role, Jorge will work with KKR’s global investment teams and KKR Capstone, operational improvement experts who work exclusively with our portfolio companies, to lead KKR’s investment activity in Brazil. Prior… Continue Reading

VTB Capital appoints Marco Huber as Head of CEEMEA DCM

{{{?:0}}} Earlier this month Russian VTB Capital appointed Marco Huber as Head of DCM in CEEMEA Region (Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa). Huber has over 10 years’ experience having participated in the implementation of a number of large DCM deals across EEMEA reagion. He was previously Director, EEMEA DCM at Credit Suisse… Continue Reading

EXCLUSIVE: BrokerCreditService makes two high-tier hires

{{{?:0}}} By Andrei Skvarsky.  Russian brokerage BrokerCreditService (BCS) has made two senior hires for its London office, bringing in John Barker from global electronic broker Liquidnet as non-executive director and Audrey Faveeuw from the London Stock Exchange as director of international prime brokerage sales. Barker oversaw Liquidnet’s pan-European business during his 11 years at Liquidnet,… Continue Reading

Abraaj hires EMPEA chief for top brass role

{{{?:0}}} The Abraaj Group, a Dubai-based private equity and venture capital firm, has handed a top managerial role to Sarah Alexander, head and co-founder of the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association (EMPEA), an independent global business promotion body. In her new job, which she takes up next month, Alexander will look after the North American… Continue Reading

Russian Deputy Finance Minister Savatyugin steps down

{{{?:0}}} Russian Deputy Finance Minister Alexei Savatyugin, who oversees the financial markets, banking and the insurance sector, is resigning with effect from January 9. The 42-year-old official, whose departure from the ministry had been rumoured since summer 2012, is one of nine deputy finance ministers. He has held the job since 2010, when then finance… Continue Reading

JP Morgan Private Bank expands Russian focused team

JP Morgan Private Bank has hired Darius Daubaras and Anatoly Crachilov as executive directors to its Russian team and to be based in London. Daubaras joins from BNP Paribas and has previously held roles at Citi Group, Credit Suisse and Merrill Lynch. Crachilov joins from HSBC Private Bank having previously worked at Russian Troika Dialog Continue Reading

RenCap puts Alexander Merzlenko in charge of Russia business

Renaissance Capital has appointed Alexander Merzlenko as its president for Russia, adding his new role to his current jobs as head of Russian investment banking and deputy chief executive of the Moscow-headquartered investment bank. Merzlenko’s promotion is the next high-level personnel move at the emerging markets-focused firm after its takeover by billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov’s Onexim… Continue Reading