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VTB round table

Russian corporates in the global capital markets

August 1, 2011

With oil prices riding high and minimal sovereign debt, Russia has been something of a safe haven. But high valuations and a poor corporate governance environment have impeded equity investment.

Rosbank merge

Rosbank set to take its place among Russia's heavyweights

May 4, 2011

The consolidation of Société Générale's Russian subsidiaries will create a universal bank with firepower, its chief executive Vladimir Golubkov explains to Brian Caplen.

VTB bank

VTB closes gap on Russia's number one spot

March 22, 2011

In the space of a few months, Russia’s second largest bank has engineered ground-breaking bond issues, a kick-start to the government’s privatisation programme, and two acquisitions.

Bank of Moscow

Bank of Moscow debut succeeds in difficult environment

March 18, 2011

Bank of Moscow's debut Eurobond could hardly have been launched at a more difficult time. The political intrigue surrounding the mayor of Moscow was compounded by a potential change of ownership at the bank and a downgrading by Moody's.

Moscow millionaires

Russia’s rich bring it all back home

February 14, 2011

Russian wealth management clients are moving assets back onshore, as the country provides its richest citizens with tempting investment opportunities in their native land.

In a last-ditch attempt

Russia's pocket banks face tougher future

December 8, 2010

The collapse of International Industrial Bank, one of Russia's largest privately owned banks, could signal a tougher climate for Russian institutions that focus on related-party lending. Writer Philip Alexander

Russian top 10 bank collapses

December 1, 2010

Russia's central bank leaves bondholders on edge as one of the country's biggest banks goes under.

VTB swaps quantity for quality

July 28, 2010

Russia's second largest bank has grown its assets more than 30 times over the past 10 years, but its new chief financial officer explains that a more measured business strategy has altered the bank's wholesale funding priorities. Writer Philip Alexander

Russia's second-tier investment banks have ambitious plans

May 28, 2010

As Russian capital markets activity revives, second-tier investment banking groups have ambitious plans to share a larger slice of the business. But competition is tough. Writer Philip Alexander


New laws and new loans needed

May 5, 2010

There is considerable investor interest in the debt collection business in Russia, but achieving growth is not straightforward, even though the industry is still young. Writer Philip Alexander

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