VTB Capital’s fifth Annual "RUSSIA CALLING!" Investment Forum successfully concludes

VTB Capital’s fifth annual "RUSSIA CALLING!" Investment Forum in Moscow successfully concluded. The Forum was attended by over 1,800 guests, including more than 360 international and Russian investors, as well as heads of major Russian companies and representatives from government and key economic ministries.

During the three days of the Forum, participants discussed the most important issues impacting the Russian and global economy through panel and round table discussions. Among the topics addressed at the Forum were the future of the Russian and international financial system, investment growth models, the improvement of Russia's position in the World Bank Doing Business rating, the country's transport infrastructure, and the importance of institutional investment for economic development.

A distinctive feature of the Forum was the high level of its speakers. The sessions was attended by: Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation; Dmitry Rogozin, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation; Anton Siluanov, Finance Minister of the Russian Federation; Alexey Ulyukaev, Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation; Alexey Moiseev, Deputy Minister of Finance of the Russian Federation; Oleg Belozerov, Deputy Minister of Transport of the Russian Federation; Ksenia Yudaeva, First Deputy Governor of the Bank of Russia; Olga Dergunova, Deputy Minister — Head of the Federal Agency for State Property Management; Petar Chobanov, Minister of Finance of the Republic of Bulgaria; Cristina Stenbeck, Chairman of the Board of Investment AB Kinnevik; Lawrence Yau Lung Ho, Chairman & CEO, Melco International Development Limited; and Andre Santos Esteves, Chairman of the Board, CEO of BTG Pactual, as well as other world-class experts.

The final day of the Forum was devoted to one-on-one meetings between representatives from Russian companies and international investors. VTB Capital’s Research team was also on hand to discuss the state of the economy and market developments with delegates. Among the business events covered were:

  • VTB Bank and the Government of Udmurt Republic signed an agreement on the implementation and construction of toll bridges in the region
  • VTB Group and China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) announced the signing a Memorandum of Understanding on mutual business cooperation
  • VTB Bank signed a cooperation agreement and master trade financing agreement with Singapore's Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation Limited

In addition, within the framework of the Forum Forbes Woman roundtable was held. During the event, participants discussed the role of contemporary culture in changing the perception of Russia in international community.

This year's Forum was widely covered in the media and was attended by nearly 400 representatives of key international and Russian media outlets. Media partners included some of 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, RBC TV, and RT. So far there have been published more than 2,000 articles.

During the Forum, VTB Capital once again took top spots in the Dealogic league tables, leading the DCM, ECM and M&A rankings across Russia and CIS in Q3 2013. VTB Capital also took the leading position in Thomson Reuters’ ranking of M&A consultants worldwide.

Alexei Yakovitsky, Global CEO at VTB Capital, said: "This year VTB Capital celebrates its fifth anniversary which coincides with the fifth year of “RUSSIA CALLING!”. We are very pleased with the results of the Forum. VTB Capital is able to bring together in Moscow the leading business and policy experts from around the world to support and continue the dialogue for the development of the Russian economy. I am confident this year’s Forum will play an important role in improving Russia’s investment climate and the development of its foreign economic and business relations. I am grateful to all the participants of "RUSSIA CALLING!" for their interest and fruitful work..