Moscow Exchange announces indicative IPO price range, dividend levels

{{{?}}} The Moscow Exchange has announced an indicative per-share price range of between 55 and 63 rubles ($1.8 and $2) for its planned initial public offering. Credit Suisse, J.P. Morgan, Sberbank CIB and VTB Capital are joint global coordinators and joint bookrunners for the IPO, to be carried out on the bourse’s own platform. Deutsche… Continue Reading

SBERBANK the world’s 13th most valuable brand – Brand Finance

By Andrei Skvarsky. {{{?}}} Sberbank’s brand value has earned Russia’s biggest lender 13th place in this year’s Top 500 Banking Brands ranking compiled by Brand Finance, a London-based brand valuation consultancy. The 500-name league table values Sberbank’s brand at $14.16bn compared with the valuation of $10.77bn on the 2012 list, where the Moscow-based firm was… 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

Ukraine: Mind the Gap

By Conal Campbell of www.Growth-Communications.com Ukraine has again made the news in recent weeks with a high-profile deal being signed at Davos with Shell, touted as being valued at as much as $10 bn. {{{*}}} The 50-year production sharing agreement to explore the Yuzivska shale gas field in eastern Ukraine follows other deals with Western majors such as… 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

Tatarstan’s Innopolis to receive $670 million in investments

{{{?:0}}} The Republic of Tatarstan is confirming its commitment to innovation with plans to invest heavily over the next two years in the engineering and transport infrastructure of Innopolis, an “innovation city” under completion near the capital Kazan. Tatarstan will put up a significant part of the total investment, which has been estimated at 20… 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 Finparty.ru website. He was head of corporate and investment banking at MDM for nearly eight years before being promoted to… Continue Reading

EBRD loans to HEINEKEN brewery in Belarus

{{{?:0}}} European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is providing EUR 5 million in funding for the Belarus operations of the HEINEKEN group – one of the Europe’s largest beer producer. The loan will be used mainly to support the company’s efforts to promote the production of high-quality barley by local farmers and make a… Continue Reading

Portfolio Analyst – Financial Services Company – Moscow

{{{?}}} International Financial Services company is looking for Portfolio Analysts to join their team in Moscow. Successful candidate will be responsible for valuation of loan portfolios, forecasting of key indicators, monitoring of existing and development of new strategies working with NPLs, monitoring of existing loan portfolios and their management with the aim to increase recovery… Continue Reading

Hermitage says Estonian banks involved in Magnitsky affair

{{{?:0}}} By Andrei Skvarsky. Hermitage Capital said, citing an Estonian prosecutor, that a $10m chunk of the $230m that Hermitage lawyer Sergei Magnitsky accused Russian officials of stealing from the state passed through Estonian banks in being transferred from Russia. Ten Estonian firms were involved in the alleged transfers, prosecutor Piret Paukstys said, according 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

WEAFER COMMENT: Fund Flows Monitor – EM surge continues, Russia lags

{{{?:0}}} By Chris Weafer, Chief Strategist, Ovanes Oganisyan, Strategist, and Iskander Abdullaev, Quant Analyst, Sberbank Investment Research Investors added another $5.8 bln to EM retail funds in the week ended Wednesday to bring the total invested YTD to $16.6 bln. Russia funds reported a net outflow of $64 mln for the past week, which brings… Continue Reading

Micex-RTS to sell part of its stock via IPO

{{{?:0}}} Moscow’s Micex-RTS stock exchange is planning to put some of its own stock on sale through an initial public offering on its Micex trading platform, with Credit Suisse, J.P. Morgan, Sberbank CIB and VTB Capital acting as joint global coordinators. The four banks will also be bookrunners for the IPO, a role in which they… 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

Swiss PE firm to invest €100 mln in Russian e-commerce

{{{?:0}}} Pluribus Optimum, a Swiss PE firm, has earmarked EUR 100 mln for investments in Russia and CIS countries over the next three years. The funds will target e-commerce platforms to improve certain operational aspects such as order processing, document handling, billing and payment acceptance. They will also be targeting the third-party logistics market, popularly… 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

Is Qatar on your entrepreneurial watch list?

{{{?:0}}} Entrepreneurs looking for potential investment opportunities ought to place Qatar high on their watch lists during the next year or two or else they could be missing out big time. Huge billion-dollar infrastructure projects, not to mention the 2022 FIFA World Cup competition, mean major companies from around the world eagerly eyeing the oil-rich… 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

East Capital exits ELKO computer wholesaler as sales go up

{{{?:0}}} East Capital, a private equity and venture capital firm with 3.8bn euros under management, has sold out of after helping the Riga-headquartered computer wholesaler to stabilise and boost its business. East Capital has made a profit of 36% on its 8.8% interest in ELKO since it acquired the stake in 2005, according to a… Continue Reading

Subject: Webinar – "The Power of the Leadership Credo"

{{{?:0}}} Our Career Partner, Ivy Exec, would like to share a webinar on the topic “The Power of the Leadership Credo.” During this webinar, you will explore what a leadership credo is, and how it brings value to your career and organization — specifically: – How developing a credo can help leaders communicate to achieve… Continue Reading

Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) will invest $40 million to support SMEs in Russia's provinces

{{{?:0}}} The Board of Directors of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the U.S. Government’s development finance institution, approved up to $40 million in financing for a private equity investment fund that will support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Russia’s outer provinces, where private equity has been largely unavailable. Fast-growing SMEs with strong market… Continue Reading

Czech company invests in Russian online ticketing service

{{{?:0}}} Popular Russian online ticketing service Travelata.ru has received a financial boost from Czech investment company Invia. The latter is backed by Polish VC fund MCI Management, and is already a leader in the online travel bookings market in the CEE region. Though Travelata competes globally with giants like Expedia, Orbitz and Priceline, the Russian… Continue Reading

Runa Capital Co-Founder Announces $100 Mln Quantum Technology Fund

{{{?:0}}} A new venture fund dedicated to supporting companies that use quantum technology and materials, called the Quantum Wave Fund (QWave), will be launched shortly with around USD 100 mln under management. The investors include Russians Sergei Beloussov, Sergei Kouzmine and other prominent investors and scientists. The fund will target companies working with data networks,… 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

“Provocative” mobile texts say Belarus ruble in for new devaluation

{{{?:0}}} By Andrei Skvarsky. About a thousand mobile phone users in Belarus have received anonymous texts that claimed the national currency would again be devalued heavily on January 8 after being slashed by 36% in 2011, the country’s intelligence agency said, dismissing the messages as a “provocative” hoax. The dollar will be worth 14,340 and… Continue Reading