The Russian government has hired one of the country's most influential investment bankers to informally consult state-run companies over acquisitions abroad, according to banking sources.
Central and Eastern Europe
VocaLink, an international payment transaction specialist, has appointed Claire Hafner to its board as CFO. Hafner will be responsible for all aspects of the company’s financial management, including the accounting, commercial, procurement, legal, and risk and compliance functions.
Armajaro Asset Management has appointed Michel Danechi to manage a new emerging markets hedge fund which was launched earlier this year.
UFG Asset Management has hired Robert Sasson, the former head of the St Petersburg office of the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), as senior managing partner of UFG Private Equity.
EFG International has nominated two new directors for approval at its annual general meeting, scheduled for 29 April 2009.
Francois Gamet has been appointed head of the investment banking group and acting head of the banking group of Standard Bank Russia.
Maris Mancinskis will become the new head of Swedbank in Latvia from.
Advent International, the global private equity firm, has announced that Peter Nachtnebel will be joining the firm’s Central & Eastern Europe team He will be based at Advent’s Prague office.