Blog: The Revolution is dead, long live the USSR

The respective orange, rose and tulip revolutions of Ukraine, Georgia and Kyrgyzstan have wilted less than six years since they first blossomed. The 2005 Tulip Revolution, which overthrew the government of President Askar Akayev in Kyrgyzstan, did not transform this Central Asian republic into a blooming garden. The same is true of Georgia and Ukraine,… 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

Troika Dialog appoints Boris Todorov as Director of Risk Management

In challenging times for global credit markets, Troika Dialog – leading Russian emerging markets investment bank is strengthening its Risk and Capital Management Division. As Troika Dialog’s Director of Risk Management, Boris Todorov will oversee market and credit risk within Troika Dialog’s Broker, Asset Management and Private Equity divisions. Mr. Todorov will report to Richard… 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

Institutional Investor ranks Russian research teams

Renaissance Capital, the emerging markets investment bank, has placed first in Institutional Investor’s 2009 Emerging Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) research poll. The authoritative survey of buy-side investment professionals found that Renaissance Capital analysts are considered best-in-field in ten categories, with the next-best house securing two first-place rankings. Renaissance Capital’s team placed first in… Continue Reading

Senior bankers leave Merrill

BANK OF AMERICA MERRILL LYNCH has laid off Dmitri Rozanov one of the most productive dealmakers who led the Russian M&A business while based in London. He was previously with JP Morgan & was ranked number one in Thomson Reuters’ league table for the Russian region last year with 14 deals worth $24bn (€18.8bn). His… Continue Reading

JP Morgan establishes local office in Kazakhstan

J.P. Morgan announced today that it has opened a representative office in Almaty, the country’s financial capital, further enhancing the reach and capabilities of its successful investment banking franchise. The office is supported by J.P. Morgan’s industry and product teams worldwide, providing local Kazakhstan-based clients with a diversified line of investment banking products, including debt… Continue Reading

Renaissance Capital appoints new head of Private Equity business

RENAISSANCE CAPITAL has appointed Chris Baxter, the former chairman of investment banking as the chief executive of Renaissance Partners, to lead its private equity business. His appointment is subsequent to the loss of  two seniors (Richard Olphert and Rory Cullinan, chairman and deputy chairman) from the division ever since the start of the year. The… Continue Reading