A private equity fund that will make direct equity investments in medium-sized companies, primarily in Russia and Ukraine, but also in other countries of the former Soviet Union. The target size for the fund is US$ 150 million, with a maximum of US$ 250 million.
The EBRD approved US$ 50 million financing for the initial project in October 2000. It is now considering a US$ 15 million additional capital commitment, to be reviewed by the Board in November 2001.
The fund will acquire controlling or sizable minority (10-50 per cent) stakes in medium sized companies, and actively manage these investments (e.g. by increasing sales and market share), with the aim of selling them within two to five years, at a high rate of return.
The fund is expected to make a significant transition impact on the investee companies via active management and restructuring of their operations. Through the existing First NIS Regional Fund SICAV, the investment adviser has demonstrated its ability to successfully transform poorly performing companies with new management, improved financial controls, more effective sales and marketing, and enhanced corporate governance.
The fund is a limited partnership registered in Guernsey. The sponsor is Baring Private Equity Partners, part of the ING Group; the investment adviser is a subsidiary, Baring Vostok Capital Partners, with affiliate offices in Moscow and Kiev.
The EBRD will commit the lesser of US$ 65 million (€73 million), or 35 per cent of the Fund.
The target size of the fund is between US$ 150 million (€168 million) and US$ 250 million (€281 million).
The fund will comply with the EBRD’s Environmental Guidance Procedures for Private Equity Funds. In order to follow these procedures, the fund will assess the potential environmental issues relating to its investments. These investments must, at a minimum, comply with local and/or national environmental, health, safety and public consultation requirements.
Mr Michael Calvey
Baring Vostok Capital Partners
Uspenski pereulok 10
Moscow 103006, Russia
Tel: +7 095 967 1307
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