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Russia & CIS

Ratings, Adversity, and EM Policy Responses

As Russia re-emerges from the sub-investment grade mire, Ashmore's Head of Research Jan Dehn questions the sensibility of the original downgrade and, more broadly, the approach credit rating agencies take on assessing sovereign risk.

9 Mar 2018

CASE STUDY: Credit Bank of Moscow Achieves Tightest Coupon for Russian Private Financial Institution

Russia’s second largest private lender defied the difficult market environment and negative sentiment in the sector to achieve the lowest coupon for a Russian financial institution and a well-balanced orderbook of investors.

28 Feb 2018

Ukraine Makes Strides Forward Despite Lingering Corruption Woes

After a traumatic few years catalysed by the annexation of Crimea and the ensuing civil conflict with its easternmost regions, Ukraine has developed a certain degree of flexibility in managing a series of shocks encountered since. But a lack of progress on crucial reforms, political mismanagement, and consistent lack of access to credit for key sectors like agriculture threaten the progress…

21 Feb 2018

Brown Brothers Harriman: Frontier Sovereign Rating Model for Q1 2018

Brown Brothers Harriman: produced the following ratings model to assess relative sovereign risk in Frontier Markets. A country’s score directly reflects its creditworthiness and underlying ability to service its external debt obligations.

15 Feb 2018

Russia: Western Banks in Wait-and-See Mode Amid Consolidation, Sanctions Risk

Over the past three years, the Central Bank of Russia has done an impressive job of staving off financial crisis while continuing to consolidate the country’s bloated banking sector. But as the state’s share in the sector approaches 70%, questions are being asked about the sustainability of its approach and the risks for private lenders, particularly those headquartered abroad.

31 Jan 2018

Eurotorg CIO: ‘DCM debut positions us well for more deals’

Bonds & Loans speaks with Andrei Matsiavin, Chief Investment Officer at Eurotorg, a leading Belarusian food retailer, about the company’s hugely successful cross-border capital markets debut – which was also Belarus’ first international corporate Eurobond sale.

19 Jan 2018

ACRA, Russia’s Credit Rating Revolution, and Red Herring Reform

Many foreign credit rating agencies – the Big Three in particular – balked when the Russian government tightened controls on the regulation of credit rating agencies, a move intended to bring more transparency to the sector and eliminate conflicts of interest. Borrowers, analysts and investors are sceptical about the rules’ ability to deliver on its stated goals.

2 Jan 2018

EuroChem Focussed on Latin America, Asia as Fertilizer Industry Recovers

Over the past year, Russian fertilizer giant EuroChem Group AG has made great strides in opening new markets, tapping the growing demand in Asia and Latin America, and spending over USD6bn on two mines to produce potash, a high-quality soil fertilizer. Bonds & Loans catches up with the company’s CFO Andrey Ilyin to discuss the industry outlook, the company’s financing plans for 2018, and how it…

28 Nov 2017

Russia, CIS, Europe & Turkey Credit Markets Brief: 02 November – 16 November

Petropavlovsk sold USD500mn of fresh debt –– PSB gets downgraded – Rosneft’s shares take a hit due to Venezuelan crisis – Venezuela and Russia agree on debt restructuring –ABLV placed USD40mn of unsubordinated notes – Belarus to issue USD600mn next year – The government to support Turkey’s export sector

16 Nov 2017

Bank of Georgia Group CEO on Deepening Local Currency Markets

Bonds & Loans speaks with Irakli Gilauri, CEO of BGEO Group about the company’s funding strategy, its first – and the country’s first – local currency Eurobond, and how other emerging market corporates can help deepen demand for local currency assets.

6 Nov 2017

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