VTB Capital’s seventh annual "RUSSIA CALLING!" Investment Forum in Moscow successfully concluded today. The Forum was attended by over 2000 guests, including more than 450 international and Russian investors, as well as representatives from government, key regional authorities and heads of major Russian companies.
During the second day of the event Forum participants discussed the most important issues facing modern Russia and the global economy. Topics of discussion at the Forum included building long-term cooperation and creating conducive conditions for economic development, macroeconomic stability, as well as identifying competitive advantages and how to develop new opportunities.
Today’s Forum saw a new format for the event - with a session hosted by CNN anchor Richard Quest. Experts from US and Asia discussed the impact of the last six months on Russia and the global economy as well as sharing their forecasts for the future.
Another highlight of the day included a session on identifying competitive advantages and exploiting new prospects, which was attended by Denis Manturov, Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation, Viktor Semenov, Founder of Belaya Dacha Group, Natalya Kaspersky, CEO of InfoWatch and Kaspersky Lab co-founder, Vadim Shvetsov, General Director of SOLLERS OJSC and UAZ OJSC, Ekaterina Trofimova, First Vice-President and Member of the Management Board of Gazprombank and future CEO of the new independent credit rating agency ACRA. The session was moderated by Dietrich Möller, President and CEO of Siemens Russia.
Participants discussed issues of import substitution and new competitive advantages for exporters across various sectors of the Russian economy, including mechanical engineering, agriculture, tourism, IT, automotive. In particular, the speakers reviewed Russian export prospects, as well as the possibility of new developments and improvements to the competitiveness of Russian businesses.
During the second day of the Forum an agreement was signed on the trade partnership between Pyaterochka chain stores, part of the X5 Retail Group, and the Tele2 mobile operator. In addition, an agreement of understanding and cooperation was signed between VTB group and ERG, indicating the extension and potential consolidation of the existing loan agreements between the parties to include an increased security package. Individual meetings between representatives of Russian companies and investors were also held during the Forum.
For seven years, VTB Capital’s "RUSSIA CALLING!" Investment Forum has become a recognised global platform for direct dialogue between the international economic and political elites. The Forum once again demonstrated how open dialogue can highlight business opportunities and VTB group’s values to a global audience, but can also contribute to the effective cooperation between Russian business and international investors.
This year's Forum was widely covered in the media and was attended by more than 480 representatives of key international and Russian media outlets, with media partners that included the world's leading media outlets. Sessions of the Forum were broadcast by key international and Russian TV channels including CNBC, Rossia 24, Bloomberg TV, the first channel, RBC TV, and RT. Currently, there have been more than 4000 articles published covering the Forum. Alexei Yakovitsky
, Global CEO at VTB Capital, said: "Taking into account the current economic and geopolitical instability, this year’s "RUSSIA CALLING!" Investment Forum reaffirmed its important significance for both Russian and international investment communities. The Forum gathered together, in Moscow, leading international experts and CEOs from around the world to participate in a constructive dialogue with investors to ensure mutually beneficial cooperation and sustainable development of the Russian and global economy. The calibre of participants and media coverage of this year’s Forum reflects the high interest in the economy and investment potential of Russia. We are grateful to all the participants of the "RUSSIA CALLING!" Investment Forum for their insightful dialogue and engagement."VTB Capital, the Investment Business of VTB Group, is one of the three strategic business arms of VTB Group, along with the corporate and retail businesses. Since its foundation in 2008, VTB Capital has taken part in more than 530 ECM and DCM deals, which were instrumental in attracting more than USD 230bn worth of investments to Russia and CIS.
VTB Capital offers a full range of investment banking products and services to Russian and international clients, focusing on arranging operations in the debt, equity, global commodities markets, developing investment and asset management, advising clients on M&A and ECM deals in Russia and abroad. VTB Capital operates in London, Singapore, Dubai, Hong Kong, Sofia, New York, Paris and Vienna, with headquarters in Moscow.
VTB Capital holds top positions in debt and equity capital markets, as well as M&A, in Russia, CIS and CEE according to the 2011-2014 league tables by Dealogic, Bloomberg and Thomson Reuters. In 2015 VTB Capital was named Best Investment Bank in Russia by Euromoney Awards for Excellence and International Finance Magazine (UK).
VTB Capital’s research team was ranked #1 in the Extel Survey in 2015. VTB Capital has been named Best Equities Sales and Trading firm in Russia by the annual Extel Survey and Institutional Investor All-Russia Survey since 2011.
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