Japan govt lending Sberbank $600m to pay for imports

By Andrei Skvarsky. Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC), is to provide Sberbank, Russia’s top lender, with a series of long-term loans to a total of $600m to finance Russian imports of goods and services from Japan under an agreement signed last week. “We have been working with JBIC for a few years already and… Continue Reading

Sberbank becomes agent of $750m syndicated loan for Ukraine govt

Russia’s Sberbank became the underwriter of a recent $750m syndicated loan for Ukraine’s government.  “This is the first time that Sberbank has provided a loan to Ukraine and therefore is an important step towards future cooperation,” the biggest Russian lender’s investment arm Sberbank CIB said in a statement. Sberbank CIB was the loan’s technical organiser. Continue Reading

EBRD appoints new Head of Yerevan office

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has appointed Mark Davis as the new head of the Yerevan Resident Office. Davis is replacing Valeriu Razlog, who has been appointed as Senior Banker in the Natural Resources team at the EBRD’s headquarters in London. Prior to taking up the position at the EBRD, Davis was… Continue Reading

Citi, Credit Suisse, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley to offer DMA to Moscow Exchange

By Andrei Skvarsky. Citigroup, Credit Suisse, Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley are going to begin to offer their clients direct market access (DMA) to trade in Russian securities on Moscow Exchange this month. Two other major global banks are expected to follow suit later this year, Russia’s largest trading platform for equities, bonds, derivatives and currencies said… Continue Reading

Sberbank’s Turkish arm plugged into MoneyGram network

By Andrei Skvarsky. Sberbank’s Turkish operation Denizbank is expected to become the biggest Turkish agent for global money transfer company MoneyGram under a recent agreement. {{{?}}} The deal plugged one of Turkey’s top lenders into the network of a remittance firm that runs successful business in 198 countries but last year admitted to fraud charges… Continue Reading

Moscow Exchange makes six senior hires

By Andrei Skvarsky. Moscow Exchange has announced six hires for top roles in its risk management, primary markets, investor relations and IT services. Luis Vicente was appointed as head of risk and clearing at the National Clearing Centre, which is part of Moscow Exchange, the bourse said in a statement. His 16 years of risk management experience include… Continue Reading

EBRD invests in Russian IT outsourcing provider MAYKOR

The EBRD has joined forces with the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) and the CapMan Russia II Fund, a private equity fund in which the Bank is an investor, to support MAYKOR, the leading Russian IT outsourcing and service provider.  The three partners will invest up to USD 100 million in a series of stages… Continue Reading

EBRD invests in leading Turkish textile company

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development continues to boost Turkey’s Anatolian regions, making a €3.7 million loan to Kivanc Tekstil, a leading producer of clothing fabrics and yarn based in Adana. Kivanc Tekstil, 100 per cent owned and controlled by the founding family of the same name, has successfully operated in the textile sector for… Continue Reading

New Appointments for Otkritie Bank’s Management

Otkritie Bank has appointed Chairman of the Managing Board, following the approval by the Bank’s Board of Directors and the Bank of Russia. In his new capacity, Evgeny Dankevich will be in charge of the Bank’s strategic development and general management. Evgeny will resign as Otkritie Bank’s President and Board of Directors Chairman, while remaining on Otkritie… Continue Reading

Hong Kong becomes strengthened hub for East Capital Asia team

East Capital is to concentrate its Asian operations in Hong Kong, bringing together a strong team led by Karine Hirn, Partner and Co-Founder of East Capital. East Capital first established its presence in the region in Hong Kong in 2006, and in 2010 opened a second office in Shanghai. East Capital’s Asia team investing in… Continue Reading

Chinese Investors Target London Real Estate

Asian markets with similar cultural backgrounds such as Thailand, Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia are among countries being targeted by Chinese insurance funds that have more than US$14 billion available for overseas real estate investment, according to the latest research report from global property adviser CBRE. {{{?}}} The prime targets are high transparency markets including… Continue Reading

The Appeal of the Emerging Markets in the Current Economy

As a financial market trader, it is important to understand that the discipline requires a certain amount of determinism. There are underlying laws that govern financial market change, and these must be deciphered and clearly understood if people are to achieve their dreams of profitability. Take the emerging markets, for example, which have typically outperformed… Continue Reading

Sberbank says inflation growing source of worry for Russians

By Andrei Skvarsky. A survey by Sberbank suggests that inflation is a bigger concern for Russians today it was than a few months ago. {{{?}}} Declining unemployment is partially offsetting inflationary concerns, according to Sberbank CIB, the investment arm of Russia’s biggest lender. But inflation was flagged as a major macroeconomic problem by 63% of… Continue Reading

Sberbank says Russia doing better than other emerging markets

By Andrei Skvarsky. At a time when few analysts are upbeat about the current state of Russia’s economy, Sberbank has released a research piece arguing that the country has a set of major advantages over other emerging markets. {{{?}}} “Russia enjoys a current account surplus, is close to fiscal breakeven, and has a flexible currency,… Continue Reading

Prudential Real Estate Investors Announces Eric Adler

Prudential Real Estate Investors announced Eric Adler as chief executive officer of the company. Adler, currently the company’s chief investment officer, joined the company in 2010 as head of its European operations. He was promoted to chief investment officer in January 2013 to oversee the company’s global investment and risk management processes as part of the company’s… Continue Reading

EBRD invests in Turkey's first infrastructure bond

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development is supporting Turkey’s first ever infrastructure bond with a US$79.5 million participation in a US$ 450 million Eurobond, launched by Mersin International Port (MIP), the private operator of the port of Mersin, on the Mediterranean coast in southern Turkey. The debut bond will be used for refinancing an… Continue Reading

VTB Capital appoints Head of International Coverage and Head of International Global Banking

Andrew Cornthwaite has been appointed Head of International Coverage and Head of International Global Banking at VTB Capital. Andrew will be based in London and will report operationally to Riccardo Orcel, Deputy CEO of VTB Group, Head of Client Coverage at VTB Bank and Global Banking at VTB Capital, and regionally to Atanas Bostandjiev, CEO, UK… Continue Reading

EBRD provides €190 ml loan for wood processor Krasnospan

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has signed two separate long-term loans, which will provide up to €190 million for the construction by Kronospan – a privately held global leader in the wood-based panels market – of new production facilities in Russia and Belarus. Both plants are designed to use low quality wood… Continue Reading

Carlyle asset manager buys out packaging producer Chesapeake

By Andrei Skvarsky. Global alternative asset manager The Carlyle Group has announced it has bought Chesapeake, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of paper-based packaging, from two US-based companies, private equity firm Irving Place Capital and asset manager Oaktree Capital Management. {{{?}}} Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs, UBS and Barclays financed the transaction, Nicholas Mockett, head… Continue Reading

Sberbank abolishes commissions for ATM use in Turkey, Croatia

By Andrei Skvarsky. Russia’s Sberbank has made cash withdrawals from its ATMs in Croatia and from those of its subsidiary Denizbank in Turkey commission-free for holders of Sberbank debit cards. There will be zero commission for holders of Visa Classic, MasterCard Standard, Visa Gold, MasterCard Gold, Visa Platinum and MasterCard Platinum cards if they use ATMs… Continue Reading

Moscow Exchange to host forum in London

Moscow Exchange is to host a forum in London on July 3 to discuss the potential of Russian financial markets, the bourse’s products and information technology plans, and make a presentation of Russia’s National Settlement Depositary. {{{?}}} Moscow Exchange’s chief executive Alexander Afanasiev, deputy chief executive Andrey Shemetov and head of IT Sergei Poliakoff are… Continue Reading

Sberbank takes over control of Citi’s Turkish retail business

By Andrei Skvarsky. Denizbank, the Turkish subsidiary of Russia’s biggest lender Sberbank, has completed the acquisition of Citibank’s consumer banking business in Turkey. Under an agreement effective from July 1 and first announced in April, Denizbank, which is one of Turkey’s largest banks, is taking over a clientele of more than 600,000, assets of 1.2bn… Continue Reading

Sberbank pulls off cooperation deal with Gulf’s top-notch NBAD

By Andrei Skvarsky. Russia’s biggest lender Sberbank and a top bank in the Gulf, National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD), have reached an agreement to cooperate in trade financing, loan syndication, client support and investment banking. “Access to new financial markets is an integral part of our international strategy,” a Sberbank statement quoted the Russian… Continue Reading

Macquarie in full control of infrastructure fund as RenCap, Renaissance Group pull out

By Andrei Skvarsky. Macquarie, a global financial services provider, has become the sole manager of a major infrastructure investment fund, an entity it used to co-manage with Renaissance Capital and Renaissance Group. RenCap and Renaissance Group ceded their co-managerial roles to Macquarie under an agreement which, via the takeover of RenCap’s stake, doubled the Australia-based firm’s… Continue Reading

Sberbank CIB employs ex-govt official to run infrastructure finance

By Andrei Skvarsky. Sberbank, Russia’s biggest lender, has hired Konstantin Pesotsky from the Moscow city government as head of infrastructure finance at its investment arm, Sberbank CIB. Pesotsky was deputy head of the city government’s property department in his previous position. He held a series of jobs in the investment industry, including roles at Goldman… Continue Reading