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27.02.2008

UniCredit aligns its investment banking business in Russia

  • Powerful operations out of UniCredit Aton and UniCredit Bank
  • Extraordinary proposition of domestic presence and international operations

UniCredit Group, one of Europe’s leading financial service providers, has combined its Russian financial markets activities under one management with the aim of providing ideal services to its clients. “UniCredit Group considers Russia one of its major growth markets. By establishing the UniCredit brand name for banking services including investment banking it becomes evident how strong UniCredit Group is in Russia already today”, said Willi Hemetsberger, Head of Global Markets for UniCredit Markets & Investment Banking. 
The UniCredit Markets & Investment Banking division is the competence centre within the Group for capital markets, investment banking and other financial services around the world. As one of the leading European players in the field of financial services including investment banking, it maintains hubs in London, Vienna, Munich and Milan and a widespread network across Emerging Europe. Out of the approximately 3,400 people within in the division, around 350 are based in Russia, namely in UniCredit Bank (formerly International Moscow Bank) as well as in UniCredit Aton and UniCredit Aton International Limited (formerly Aton Broker and Aton International Limited).

Comprehensive investment banking services
“We offer fully fledged financial markets services for local clients as well as for investors into the Russian market. Leveraging on our outstanding position in Russian corporate banking, our highly skilled teams are prepared to establish a new and powerful financial franchise”, commented Martin Rauchenwald, Head of UniCredit Markets & Investment Banking Russia. Mr. Rauchenwald runs the business together with two experienced bankers: Alexander Kandel, who runs the investment banking business and Andrey Yumatov, who is in charge of the debt & FICC business.

Successful transactions
Within the past few months, UniCredit Group was in the lead for various landmark transactions. Amongst them was such as the first ever Russian securitization of collateralized debt obligations (Cash Flow CDO), the successfully placed USD 160m “Moscow Region PULSE”, for which UniCredit Aton International Limited has been sole arranger. In January, Kinross Gold Corp sold Omolon Gold Mining Company, which owns the Kubaka gold deposit, to Polymetal with UniCredit Aton as advisor. UniCredit Aton also advised the majority shareholders of The United Bakers Group (Russia) on the sale of approx. 100% of the group to Kellogg. UniCredit’s high quality custody activities were recently acknowledged by Global Custodian's survey of Agent Banks in Emerging Markets as Top Rated for servicing both Domestic and Cross-Border Clients in Russia.

Further development in the region
Out of Russia, the Markets & Investment Banking Division will further develop its business in the CIS countries. Supported by its product hubs, UniCredit envisages to become a leading player in capital markets, financing, mergers & acquisitions advisory as well as custody. Only recently, UniCredit Group had increased its presence in the region by acquiring two major banks, namely ATF Bank in Kazakhstan and Ukrsotsbank in Ukraine.

Contact
Veronika Rief
ZAO UniCredit Aton
Tel. +7 495 777 8877 ext. 4400
pr@unicreditaton.ru