Back in 2014 Russia experienced major politico-economic turbulence which has led to a deep recession. Some say that the impact cannot be compared to the 2008 crisis, whereas others see more positive outcomes; the investment market, which always bring high yields, has never been so cheap. Due to a rigorous policy set by the Russian Central Bank the economy is expected to show recovery in 2017. At the same time, the realisation that the country cannot purely rely on natural resources has brought an economic diversification plan on to the agenda.
Russian companies are coming back to the international bond market, starting with $10 billion. The government issued $3 billion of sovereign bonds this year, with a further $7 billion due next year. The equity market has shown the biggest returns in the world this year, presenting very lucrative buying opportunities. Private equity companies make significant returns; whilst real estate markets present attractive investment opportunities. So, has Russia actually proved to be stronger than everyone expected?
A number of foreign investors have exited the Russian market due to the level of risk and uncertainty, whilst others move in the opposite direction; betting on high risks but higher returns. What should the position of foreign investors be right now? Should Russian assets take a larger proportion in Emerging Market Portfolio’s?
This one day, multi-streamed Russian Investment Summit will look at the current and future outlook for investments into the Russian market, risk mitigation strategies dictated by the present geopolitical environment, currency and oil price fluctuations, the level of investor protection as well as asset allocation strategies. Along with that, the format of the event will allow attendees to join a specific break out discussion in relation to investment classes either in stock market, fixed income, private equity or real estate investments.
08.50 – 08.55 OPENING ADDRESS FROM THE CHAIRMAN (LIAM HALLIGAN, EDITOR-AT-LARGE, BNE INTELLINEWS)
08.55 – 09.00 OPENING ADDRESS FROM BORIS ABRAMOV, TRADE REPRESENTATIVE OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION TO THE U.K
09.00 – 09.30 IN-CONVERSATION WITH MICHAEL CALVEY, FOUNDER AND SENIOR PARTNER, BARING VOSTOK CAPITAL PARTNERS
09.30 - 10.30 RUSSIAN INVESTMENT CLIMATE
Russian Investment Climate
- What will the business future for Russia look like: The recovery of the economy
- Russia today: Lessons learned since 2014
- Business potential of Russia: Diversification of economy and reduction of oil dependency
- Current deal pipeline: Analysis of asset classes, sectors and regions
- What is stopping foreign investors from investing?
Tom Blackwell, CEO, EM
Alina Slyusarchuk, Economist Russia, Ukraine and CIS, Morgan Stanley
Ayuna Nechaeva, Head of Russia, CIS & Mongolia, Primary Markets, London Stock Exchange
Jan Dehn, Global Head of Research, Ashmore Group
Trevor Barton, Executive Director, Russo-British Chamber of Commerce
Andrei Akopian, Managing Partner, Caderus Capital
10.30 – 11.00 MORNING REFRESHMENT AND NETWORKING BREAK
11.00 - 11.45 Risk Mitigation Strategies in an Uncertain Environment
Risk Mitigation Strategies in an Uncertain Environment
- Geopolitical and macro economical risks
- Conditions of depreciated currency and high risks: Is it the right time to invest?
- Fundamental view of the currency market: Inflation and valuation of the Rouble
- Mitigating operational and reputational risk
Charles Robertson, Global Chief Economist, Renaissance Capital
Elizabeth Ross, Associate Managing Director Investigations and Disputes, EMEA, Kroll
Clemens Grafe, Co-Head of New Markets Economic Research, Goldman Sachs
Liza Ermolenko, Emerging European Economist, Barclays
11.45 - 12.30 Corporate Governance in Russia
Corporate Governance in Russia
- Corporate governance: Still risky or more transparent? Russian Code of Corporate Governance
- Are good investment structures ruined by weak governance?
- How can Russia become more attractive to investors?
David Herne, CEO, CIO, SPRING (Specialised Research and Investment Group)
Igor Petrov, Corporate Governance and M&A Director, Corporate Secretary, Sistema PJSFC
Aneta McCoy, Founder and Managing Partner, Aneta McCoy Advisory Group
12.30 – 13.30 LUNCH AND NETWORKING BREAK
13.30 - 14.15 Russia as a Part of Emerging Markets Exposure: Why and How to Invest?
Russia as a Part of Emerging Markets: Why and How to Invest?
- Country versus sectoral investments
- Asset allocation: Reviewing existing portfolios
- How much are Russian assets worth?
- Long versus short term investment strategies to make money
- How to draw the most out of sustainable investments?
Moderator: Ben Aris, Editor-in-Chief, bne IntelliNews
Mattias Westman, Founder and Partner, Prosperity Capital Management
Themis Themistocleous, CIO WM, Head European Investment Office, UBS
Brian Kean, Chief International Office, Ulmart
Evgenia Molotova, Portfolio manager, Verno Capital
14.15 – 14.45 IN-CONVERSATION: BEN ARIS, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF, BNE INTELLINEWS WITH ALEXANDER GALITSKY, BOARD MEMBER, CO-FOUNDER AND MANAGING PARTNER, ALMAZ CAPITAL
14.45 – 15.00 IN CONVERSATION: BEN ARIS, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF, BNE INTELLINEWS WITH INSAF GALIEV, FIRST DEPUTY CHIEF EXECUTIVE, TATARSTAN INVESTMENT DEVELOPMENT AGENCY
15.00 – 15.30 AFTERNOON NETWORKING BREAK
15.30 - 16.30 Breakout Sessions | Type of Investments
Stars of the Stock Market: Time to Make Selective Investments
- Best strategies to get higher returns
- Can higher dividends increase the attractiveness of the market in the long run?
- What companies show growth and will bring future profits?
Moderator: Ben Aris, Editor-in-Chief, bne IntelliNews
- Nikolai Petrov, VP Portfolio Manager, Pioneer Investments
- David Herne, CEO, CIO, SPRING (Specialised Research and Investment Group)
- Colin Croft, Fund Manager, Jupiter Asset Management
Private Equity & Venture Capital
- Challenges and opportunities for PE in Russia
- Key transaction trends, deals and performance
- Investment options: Successful funds’ structure
- Exiting investments: IPO
- Potential for VC in the current environment
Moderator: Eric Maillebiau, Founder, CapEos
- Patrick Ghidirim, Managing Director, NCH Capital Russia
- Daniel L. Wolfe, Deputy CEO, ONEXIM
- Dominic Reed, Senior Managing Partner, UFG Private Equity
- How does Russia fit into company’s EM Strategy?
- Opportunities and risks for the portfolio
- Sovereign and Corporate bonds
Moderator: Kay Hope, Director and Corporate Credit Analyst, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
- Michael Ganske, Head of Emerging Markets, AXA Investment Managers
- Onursal Kilic, Lead Portfolio Manager EMD, MN
- Mariya Gancheva, Head of Emerging Market Credit Trading Strategy, HSBC
- Daniel Moreno, Portfolio Manager, Emerging Markets, Rubrics Asset Managers
16.30 - 17.30 ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS BY SECTOR
Our product roundtables will be hosted by our speakers for the day. You can join a small intimate discussion with them and the other participants involved in specific sector over a drink. You will be able to share experiences or learn from those already involved. You are free to move tables during the session to cover those areas of most relevance to you.
Hosted by: Sean Glodek, Senior Advisor, Russian Direct Investment Fund
Hosted by: Patrick Ghidirim, Managing Director, NCH Capital Russia
|Oil & Gas
Hosted by: Chris Weafer, Managing Partner, Macro-Advisory Ltd
|High-Tech and Internet
Hosted by: Tom Blackwell, CEO, EM Communications
17.45 CONFERENCE CLOSE AND NETWORKING RECEPTION
December 1st –
January 13th –
February 24th –
The Tower, Guoman
St Katharine’s Way
London, E1W 1LD
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Ayuna Nechaeva runs Russian & CIS business focusing on origination in both equity and fixed income space. Ayuna also covers LSEG’s Asia-Pacific business out of London.
Ayuna Nechaeva advises clients on listing options; ways to raise capital, corporate governance, investor relations and continuing obligations. In addition, Ms Nechaeva manages client relationships with over 150 existing listed issuers from CIS & Asia-Pacific regions.
Notable deals include Sberbank ($5.2bn), TCS Holdings ($1.1bn), Lenta ($974m), TBC Bank ($239m).
Ayuna Nechaeva holds a Master’s in International Business degree from Grenoble Graduate School of Business and an MA in Linguistics & Intercultural Communications from the Moscow State University.
Mr Westman is based in London, but shares his time between London and Moscow. He has been investing in Russia since 1993 and lived in Russia full-time from 1997-2004.
Mr Westman was a co-founder and Deputy Chairman of Russia’s Investor Protection Association. He has also served on the board of numerous Russian companies - including Lenenergo and Magnit.
Prior to founding Prosperity in 1996, Mr Westman was Director of Alfred Berg/ABN AMRO's Russia department, having been a stockbroker with the Swedish firm H&Q. Before that he served on the Russian desk of the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, having learnt Russian with the Swedish Armed Forces.
Mr Westman has a Master of Science in Business Administration and Economics from the Stockholm School of Economics. He is from Sweden.
David has managed investments in Russia and the region since the markets opened in 1994. He set up SPRING in 2003. SPRING’s first fund (2004-2011) was unusual in actually making money from private equity investments in utilities in the Former Soviet Union, generating an IRR over 25%. SPRING currently manages just under $1bn in strategies including private equity, long Russian equities, real estate and debt.
David changed the playing field for corporate governance in Russia when he was elected to the Board of Aeroflot in 2000 and became the first minority shareholder representative elected to the Board of a Russian major. On the Board of Aeroflot, then Unified Energy Systems and a number of Russia's most important companies, David initiated an unprecedented flow of information from company boards to shareholders, as well as a mechanism for minority shareholders to provide feedback to company boards for the first time ever in Russia.
In the middle of 1990s, David was actively involved in building the financial markets in Russia: he participated in organizing the first IPO of Russian company on NYSE in 1996 (Vimpelcom) and Russia’s first investor conference in 1996 (CSFB).
David was one of the key figures implementing Russia's power sector reform, the biggest sector reform ever in the world and an almost unique successful example of Russian reform and privatization. In 2001-2008 he served as a Chairman of the Committee for Strategy and Reform for the Board of Directors of Unified Energy Systems of Russia (UES), the biggest utility by assets in the world.
Prior to SPRING, David was director of the Moscow office of Brunswick Capital Management, head of the Moscow office of Unifund, partner at Pharos Funds and Vice President at Credit Suisse First Boston. Mr. Herne holds a BA from Harvard University.
Mariya has been Head of EM Credit Trading Strategy at HSBC since October 2014, where she is responsible for overlooking the CEEA region, in particularly Russia, Turkey, Kazakhstan, Ukraine and Africa. She covers both corporates and sovereigns on the fixed income hard currency side. Previously, she was head of EM strategy at Mitsubishi Securities UFJ, where she helped to develop the EM franchise. Mariya has been involved in various roles throughout her carrier, including HY/distressed analysis working at BAML, Fitch Ratings, and M&A and Private equity at Rothschild Madrid.
Trevor served as an officer in the Royal Navy throughout the 1980s, after which he spent 14 years as a solicitor and partner with the international law firm Clyde & Co. This included six years in the firm’s St Petersburg office in the 1990s. As a lawyer, he focussed on finance, cross-border trade and litigation. He subsequently ran the London office of The PBN Company, a consultancy specialising in financial public relations and corporate communications that worked primarily for clients across the CIS markets.
More recently Trevor has, alongside his role at the RBCC, worked as a consultant to a number of companies in industry and the financial services sector, all of which have been looking to develop their businesses internationally. He speaks good Russian.
Andrei is the founder and CEO of the Russian-Chinese investment consulting group Caderus Capital, which provides investment banking and advisory services to companies, institutional and high net worth investors both in Russia and in China.
Andrei has broad contacts network in business and governmental circles, among major Russian issuers, and also in the investment community, both in Russia and in China.
Since the beginning of 2016 Caderus Capital is the Moscow Exchange’ official representative in China. Caderus’ tasks include interacting with Chinese institutional investors to help them invest in Russian financial instruments. Caderus Capital is also developing cooperation with the Shanghai Stock Exchange. Currently, Caderus Capital is launching Russia’s first investment fund focused on investments into Chinese equities for Russian investors. Caderus Capital’s partner in this project is one of the top Chinese asset management firms, China Asset Management (HK). Caderus Capital has also signed a distribution agreement with BCS Global Markets, the top Russian broker.
Andrei is one of the leading experts on Chinese financial markets in Russia, his comments often appear in Russian and international media, including Financial Times, Bloomberg, The Banker, South China Morning Post, and also on Russian central television.
Andrei obtained the MBA degree from INSEAD (Fontainebleau, France) in 2001. Upon graduation, he was invited to join UBS in London, where he later founded Caderus Capital in 2003. Prior to joining INSEAD, Andrei was equity sales at a major Russian investment bank Renaissance Capital.
Kay Hope is a Director and Corporate Credit Analyst, focusing on banks and corporates mainly in Russia, the CIS, and Israel. Her team was ranked #1 in Corporate Debt in the 2016 Institutional Investor EEMEA Research Team survey. Prior to joining the firm in 2010, Hope held emerging markets roles at Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank and Credit Suisse First Boston. She also spent several years at McKinsey & Company in Moscow, and a year in Almaty, Kazakhstan, working for an international aid organization. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Slavic literature from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, a master’s degree in Soviet foreign policy from Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and an MBA from Columbia Business School. She is based in London.
Igor Petrov - Corporate Secretary, Corporate Governance and M&A Director of Sistema PJSFC
Born in 1978 in Leningrad.
In 1999, graduated from the St Petersburg State University with a degree in Oriental and African studies.
In 2000, obtained a degree in philology from the same university.
In 2004, graduated from the Utrecht University (the Netherlands) with a degree in international law.
In 2009, obtained a degree in corporate finance and financial analysis from the Russian Academy of National Economy, Moscow.
2005 Lawyer, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Amsterdam.
2005 – 2006 Legal Advisor, LLC ICICI Bank Eurasia.
Corporate Secretary of Sistema JSFC since 2006.
Clemens is co-head of New Markets Economic Research and has primary responsibility for the firm's economic research in Russia and Turkey. He is also a member of the European Economics team. Clemens joined Goldman Sachs as a managing director in 2010.
Prior to joining the firm, Clemens was an executive director at UBS and was co-head of the EMEA Economics team. He was also the principal economist for Russia at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. Clemens lived and worked in Russia in the mid-1990s as an advisor to the Russian government. He has held advisory roles for HM Treasury and the European Commission on public finances and exchange rate policies in the European Union. Clemens has also been a lecturer at the University of London. Clemens initially trained as a physicist and mathematician and earned an MSc and a PhD in Economics from the London School of Economics.
Evgenia Molotova is a portfolio manager at Verno Capital. She managed chemicals company Sun Chemicals in Russia for four years. She was then transferred to the company's European headquarters where she worked to restructure its European production for two years. During this time, Evgenia studied for an MBA from London Business School and then moved to UBS to work as an analyst on both the buy- and the sell-side. Immediately before joining Verno, Evgenia worked at Berenberg as a senior chemicals analyst.
Insaf Galiev was born on 29 January 1977.
1999 – graduated from Kazan State University (now Kazan (Volga Region) Federal University) on major in International Relations;
2006-2007 – studied at the Institute of Public Administration under the President of the Republic of Tatarstan, the Department of State and Municipal Administration;
2010 – studied at the English and Foreign Languages University in Hyderabad, India;
1999-2007 – held various positions in the Ministry of Trade and Foreign Economic Cooperation of the Republic of Tatarstan;
2007-2012 – head of the Department of International and Inter-municipal Cooperation Coordination, Kazan City Duma;
From 19 June, 2012 – Deputy Chief Executive of Tatarstan Investment Development Agency;
From 27 April, 2015 – First Deputy Chief Executive of Tatarstan Investment Development Agency;
Candidate of historical sciences (2006);
Awarded with a medal in memory of the 1000-year anniversary of Kazan;
Married, has three daughters.
Michael joined AXA IM in May 2016 to lead a global team of 19 professionals based in London, Paris, Mexico and Hong Kong. His appointment followed the decision to create a Global Emerging Markets Fixed Income team in recognition of the continued appeal of the EM asset class.
With over 17 years’ experience in emerging markets fixed income, Michael joined AXA IM from Rogge Global Partners where he was a Senior Partner and Head of Emerging Markets for 3 years. Prior to this, Michael was a Managing Director and Divisional Head of EM Research at Commerzbank Corporate and Markets, and a Director and Head of EM at Deka Investment GmbH. He was also Vice President and EM Fixed Income Portfolio Manager at DWS Investments, Deutsche Bank Group, for 5 years.
Michael holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Hohenheim and a Master’s in Economics from the University of Augsburg. He is also a CFA charterholder and an accredited Financial Risk Manager (FRM).
Alina Slyusarchuk is Morgan Stanley’s economist for Russia and CIS. Based in London, she is responsible for the formulation and communication of the firm’s economic and policy outlook on Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan to equity and fixed income investors globally. Alina conducts thematic research on the key market debates ranging from Russian economic rebalancing and perspectives on imports substitution to Ukraine’s debt sustainability analysis.
Prior to assuming her current role, Alina worked in CEEMEA economics, where apart from the CIS region coverage, she also contributed to the coverage of the CEE countries. Before joining Morgan Stanley in 2008, Alina was an economist at the IMF.
Onursal Kilic is the Lead Portfolio Manager of Emerging Markets Debt desk at MN, based in the Hague since 2008.
He started his career in investment banking in 1997 and held various portfolio and fund management positions in financial institutions such as ABN Amro Asset Management and TEB NV. Prior to his current role at MN, Onursal was working for ABN Amro Asset Management in Amsterdam as the VP Portfolio Manager in charge of the financials portfolio of Eastern Europe and Global Emerging Markets Funds.
Onursal Kilic has BSc in Mechanical Engineering from Bogazici University in Istanbul and MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.
Brian is Ulmart’s Chief International Officer working in the company since 2013. He develops and oversees the execution of a communications strategy to support the company’s investment activity.
Prior to joining Ulmart Brian was Director of Client Relations at M.video, a Russian consumer electronics retailer. Previously he headed marketing and sales teams in a number of Russian food retailers and consumer companies, as well as serving as a Creative Director in a large communications agency. Brian also worked at Bravo International, a St Petersburg-based brewery, where he developed one of the leading Russian beer brands from scratch and headed the company’s marketing and advertising team until Bravo International was acquired by Heineken in 2002. Brian started his career in Russia as a senior executive at Petromilk-5, a premium ice-cream producer in St Petersburg. He has been living in Russia since 1994 when he finished graduate school.
Brian has a bachelor’s degree in Russian and Political Science from Rutgers University in New Jersey, US, and a master’s degree in International Affairs from Columbia University (School of International and Public Affairs).
Patrick Ghidirim joined NCH Capital in 2007 and is based in Moscow. Patrick is responsible for the general management of NCH Capital's agribusiness portfolio in Russia, which he has built from start-up into a leading industry player, known as AgroTerra Group, with more than $530 million of invested capital. The investment portfolio includes 32 farms in Central Russia and several other companies providing services in grain origination and storage, farm input distribution, and back-office operations. Prior to NCH, Patrick worked in corporate development and strategic planning with Bunge Ltd. Patrick also held positions in principal investing and M&A with Behrman Capital, Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan. He received his MBA from the Harvard Business School and his MPA from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.
Dominic Reed heads UFG’s Private Equity business, joining the fund in 2007 at the inception of Fund II , following a career in the cable TV and telecoms industry and as an entrepreneur. At UFG he has led investments into telecom towers, cinemas, digital media and pharmaceuticals.
UFG Private Equity invests in fast-growing companies in Russia and CIS countries, focusing on Telecom & Technology, Consumer Staples & Retail, Healthcare and BPO (Business Processes Outsourcing). UFG Private Equity funds have a total of $712 million of investments and commitments and have raised an additional $156m in co-investments.
Dominic has nineteen years of experience in Russia and the CIS, initially working for MITI, a pioneer in Russia’s cable TV and broadband industry where he was part of the team that grew the business to more than 500k subscribers over a 4 year period from 1997. Following Metromedia’s decision to exit the Russian market, he led the sale of this unit and participated in an MBO of their network in Minsk, Belarus ,subsequently successfully exited to a Russian holding. In 2007 Dominic was named as one of the top 50 European Cable Executives by Cable and Satellite Europe.
Prior to arriving in Russia, Dominic worked in both operational and corporate development roles at NYNEX CableComms, a subsidiary of the US “Baby Bell” that built and operated cable TV and telephony franchises in the UK serving 2.4 million homes. His early career started in Futures & Options trading for Daiwa Europe Ltd.
Dominic holds an MA in English Literature from Cambridge University and an MBA from London Business School.
Daniel joined the team in 2014 and manages the Rubrics Emerging Markets Fixed Income UCITS Fund. His emerging market experience covers both the local and hard currency investment space as well as frontier markets. He brings his experience to bear not only in managing this particular fund, but in contributing ideas to other portfolios within the fixed income product suite where active emerging market exposure forms part of the investment universe.
Prior to joining Rubrics Asset Management, Daniel was founder and Managing Partner at EM Quest Capital, a dedicated Emerging Market Fixed Income specialist. He was also a senior member of Sydbank’s emerging markets portfolio management and investment strategy group and held various positions as Senior Portfolio Manager at Global Evolution in Denmark, Union Investment and DWS Investment in Frankfurt. Daniel received a European Master in Management from the EAP-ESCP (Paris-Oxford-Berlin) and a BA in Business Administration from ESIC University in Madrid. He attended an executive education program at INSEAD in 1998.
Christopher (Chris) Weafer is the founding partner of Macro-Advisory Ltd, an independent macro consultancy which provides macro-economic, political and industry trend advice for business managers and investors working in the CIS-Eurasia region and Iran.
Chris has worked in Russia and the CIS/Eurasia region for over eighteen years. He was voted the best investment strategist for 2013/’14 by investors in separate polls carried out by Thomson Reuters Extel and Institutional Investor magazine and, most recently, was voted the best Policy Forecaster for 2016 by Focus Economics.
Before leaving to co-found Macro Advisory, Chris held the position of Chief Strategist at Sberbank-CIB. Prior to that he served in a similar role with Uralsib Financial Corporation and with Alfa Bank, two of Russia's largest privately owned financial groups. His first role in the region was as Head of Research with Troika Dialog, a privately owned investment bank, starting in June 1998.
Prior to coming to Russia Chris worked as Head of Research for NatWest Markets in Bangkok, Thailand, during the Asian financial crisis of 1997/'98. Before that he was Senior Investment Manager at the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, one of the world's largest sovereign wealth funds, and was based in Abu Dhabi City for over seven years. Chris started his investment career with the Irish Life Assurance Company in Dublin, Ireland, and has accumulated over thirty six years’ experience in emerging markets.
Chris is the author of a large number of articles about the trend in macro oil and about country and regional issues in the Eurasia region and Iran. He is widely quoted in the international press and appears regularly on CNBC, Bloomberg, BBC and CNN.
Eric is an independent placement agent focusing mostly on Private Equity and Venture Capital managers in emerging markets.
He set up CapEos in 2013 as a firm regulated by the UK Financial Conduct Authority and has since helped raise over USD 100 million for several funds in Africa, Russia and Turkey. His experience in finance spans over 20 years, across institutions on both sides of the LP/GP relationship, including EBRD and AIG Investments.
Eric holds a PhD from UC Berkeley and Master’s degrees from Ecole Polytechnique (Paris) and Toulouse School of Economics. He is a French citizen based in London since 1996.
Boris Abramov was appointed by the Government of the Russian Federation as the Trade Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Kingdom in 2014. Born in 1962, Dr. Abramov has more than 20 years experience in international economic and financial cooperation, which started in 1993 when he joined the Russian Ministry of Foreign Economic Relations. His professional experience subsequently includes working as the Deputy Trade Representative of the Russian Federation in China and the Chief Representative of the major Russian banks, Vnesheconombank and VTB Bank, in Beijing, China.
Dr. Abramov graduated from the Moscow State University, Institute of Afro-Asian Studies (cum laude) in 1984, with major in International Economic Relations. In 1992 he received a Ph.D. degree with specialization in International Trade. Dr. Abramov speaks fluent English and Chinese.
Michael Calvey is a founder and senior partner of Baring Vostok Capital Partners (BVCP), a Moscow-based private equity firm with approximately $3 billion in assets under management. Mr. Calvey is the Chairman of the Investment Committee for all of BVCP’s funds, and is also a member of the investment committee or Board of Directors of Baring Asia, Baring India, and GP Investments. Mr. Calvey has been directly or indirectly involved in most of Baring Vostok's investments and has served on the boards of directors of several Baring Vostok portfolio companies. Prior to Baring Vostok, Mr. Calvey worked at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and Salomon Brothers Inc in London and New York, principally focusing on investments in the oil and gas sector. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Atlantic Council.
Themis joined Wealth Management as Head of the European Investment office in February 2014. Prior to that, Themis spend 20 years in the UBS Investment Bank, 15 of which as an equity analyst covering sectors, during which time he was often ranked as one of the top analysts in his sector. In the last five years with the IB, Themis was in Research Management, heading up the European Product Management, a role which included amongst others chairing the Investment Review Committee and the Equities morning meeting. During that time he also took on the responsibility of heading up the Emerging European Research team, as well as managing a number of Developed Europe sectorial teams. Themis holds a PhD degree in Chemistry from University of Witwatersrand (South Africa) and an MBA from Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town.
Alexander Galitsky is a Managing Partner of Almaz Capital Partners, a venture fund with offices in Portola Valley, CA, and Moscow, Russia and which is backed by Cisco Systems, EBRD and IFC, which he co-founded in 2008. Alexander is a well-known innovator, entrepreneur and investor in USA, Europe and Russia/CIS. Alexander serves as Member of the Skolkovo Foundation Board, Member of Skoltech Board of Trustees and Chairman of the Advisor Committee for Russian Venture Company.
Alexander was honored numerous times as the most influential person in the Russian IT and Internet industry by Forbes, best GP of 2013 by Venture Awards, EY Entrepreneur of the Year in Russia in 2013, was nominated for best venture capitalist of the last decade in Europe in 2012 by Investor AllStars and named "Technology Pioneer" at the World Economic Forum in Davos in 2000.
Prior to Almaz, Alexander formed the ICT investment practice at Russian Technologies, one of the first venture capital funds in Russia and made a series of private successful investments. His past and current investments include: Parallels, Yandex (IPO), QIK (sold to Skype), Vyatta (sold to Brocade), Acumatica, Jelastic, NavMaps (sold to TeleAtlas), Acronis, SJLabs (sold to VocalTec), EverNote, GridGain, WikiMart, CarPrice, StarWind, PIQ, Good Data among others. Sasha was a President of the first Russian TechTour in 2004.
Prior to his investment career, he founded five successful high-tech companies, ELVIS+, TrustWorks Systems (sold to Hamsard), EzWIM (sold to TMT Ventures), ELVIS Telecom (sold to Telenor) and NPC ELVIS, all of which he led as CEO. He pioneered in WiFi and Virtual Private Network technologies and product development on the global market in partnership with Sun Microsystems and was a pioneer of the Russian Internet industry back in the 90s. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, Alexander served as one of the top technical executives for the Soviet space industry, where he worked on the MIR space station and the Soviet “Star Wars” response.
He has over 30 patents for numerous inventions, including parallel processing, WiFi and VPN security technologies.
He received his PhD in Computer Science from joint authority of Defense Research Institute and MIPT and graduated from MIET from the physical science department.
Mr. Wolfe has since 2010 served on the board of directors of PJSC “Quadra — Power Generation”, Onexim Group Limited’s public utility company. He was appointed as a member of the Board of UC Rusal on 20 June 2014. He is also on the board of Renaissance Capital and Onexim Sports and Entertainment Limited (owner of the Brooklyn Nets and the Barclays Center).
Mr. Wolfe began his professional career in Russia in 1992. Initially working at Clifford Chance, Mr. Wolfe began working in finance in 1994, including four years as COO of Troika Dialog Investment Bank, where he was also a member of the board of directors. He also led the team that created Troika’s private banking unit and was acting president of Troika Dialog Asset Management. From 2004 to 2008, Mr. Wolfe was the senior managing director at Alfa Capital Partners, a private equity fund manager which raised over US$600 million for investment in Russia and the former Soviet Union.
Mr. Wolfe graduated cum laude from Dartmouth College, receiving a degree in Bachelor of Arts in 1987 with a double major in Government and Russian Language and Literature. In 1991, he received a Juris Doctor from the Columbia University. He has been a member of the New York Bar since 1992.
Dr Jan Dehn, Global Head of Research, joined Ashmore in 2005. As a global strategist and economist, with vast experience in international macroeconomic issues, Jan is responsible for making key calls on markets and economies at a global level. His expertise spans developed and Emerging Markets with particular emphasis on the international linkages between economics, finance and politics. At Ashmore, Jan has traded developed and Emerging Markets, including sovereign external debt, local currency bonds, FX, corporate bonds, and Frontier Markets. Earlier in his career, Jan was a strategist at Credit Suisse First Boston in New York and London. He has also worked as a consultant at the World Bank in Washington DC undertaking research on public finance and commodity issues, and has been an economic adviser to a number of Emerging Markets governments. Jan holds a Doctorate in Economics from Oxford University, a Master’s Degree in Quantitative Economics from Warwick University, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Sussex University. He has lived on three continents and travelled to more than 135 countries. He is also a fully qualified wooden shipwright.
Nikolai Petrov is a Russian Equity Specialist and a Portfolio Manager at Pioneer Investments. Nikolai is responsible for managing Russian Equity Fund, and he also co-manages Emerging Europe strategies. Nikolai joined Pioneer Investments in 2008. Prior to 2012, he was an Equity Analyst located in Pioneer’s local Moscow office, covering the Russian equity universe and assisted in managing local funds. He relocated to Pioneer’s specialist Emerging Market hub in London in 2012.
Prior to joining Pioneer Investments, Nikolai worked for Red Star Asset Management, where he was responsible for analysing Financials and Materials sectors in Russia, CIS and CEE with a long - short perspective. He has an MS in Economics from the Higher School of Economics in Moscow and is a CFA charter holder.
Colin manages the Jupiter Emerging European Opportunities Fund and the JGF-New Europe SICAV.
He joined Jupiter in 2006 after completing an executive MBA at London Business School. Colin is a fluent Russian speaker.
Aneta McCoy is a Russia-focused advisor on corporate governance-related matters. She boasts 13 years of experience in corporate governance, investment research, shareholder issues, transparency and corporate laws. For eight years she successfully headed Eastern European/Russian governance research at Institutional Shareholder Services, Inc. (ISS), the world’s largest and most influential proxy advisory firm. In 2011, she founded Aneta McCoy Advisory Group (AMAG), a Moscow-based corporate governance advisory firm with a focus on Russia and the CIS.
Elizabeth Ross is an Associate Managing Director in Kroll’s Investigations and Disputes practice, based in the London office. As a senior practitioner on the Business Intelligence team, Elizabeth provides consulting advice to private equity, professional services, and corporate clients in EMEA; their commercial interests stretch across a range of sectors and geographies. Prior to joining Kroll, Elizabeth served as an Equity Research Analyst at Morgan Stanley, with a focus on Central and Eastern European banks.
Prior to RDIF, Sean was a director at Darby Private Equity, a subsidiary of Franklin Templeton, managing investment funds focused on Eastern Europe. Earlier, he was a senior M&A banker at Lehman Brothers and Deutsche Bank in New York, where he participated in a number of landmark transactions, including the JV between SABMiller and MolsonCoors. He started his career in private equity as an associate at Clayton Dubilier & Rice, a leading global private equity firm based in New York and London. Sean started his career at Goldman Sachs merger department in 1996. He graduated from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (MBA) and from Stanford University (BA in Economics).
Liza Ermolenko is an Emerging European Economist with Barclays. She has been covering and commenting on the Russian economy over the past six years, previously working for Capital Economics. Liza has two degrees in Economics, one from the University of Bath and one from the Birkbeck College.
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EM is the leading independent financial, corporate and crisis communications agency dedicated to serving clients in Russia & CIS.
The EM team are capital markets experts, having advised on more successful IPOs out of Russia/CIS than any other agency and billions of dollars of domestic and cross-border M&A deals.
EM has unrivalled crisis communications experience in the region, successfully advising both leading domestic and multinational companies in a variety of crisis situations, conflicts and litigation.
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