22 June 2020
Renaissance Capital is to hold its Annual Russia-focused Investor Conference

Renaissance Capital, a leading emerging and frontier markets investment bank, is ready to launch its flagship 24th Annual Virtual Investor Conference in Moscow on 23-26 June 2020. For the first time ever, the conference will be held in an online format. Live streaming will be available at Moscow2020.rencap.com and Renaissance Capital’s YouTube channel.

The event will gather representatives of 80+ major investment funds from across the globe, with total assets under management in excess of $11trn, and top managers of 60 leading Russian publicly listed corporates. More than 250 one-on-one meetings have already been scheduled.

The public part of the conference will comprise three panel discussions and a fireside chat with an oil industry veteran – Robert (Bob) Dudley, former CEO of BP, Member of the Board of Directors, Rosneft. There will be a macro-focused panel on 23 June with Alexey Moiseev, Deputy Minister of Finance of the Russian Federation, and Alexey Zabotkin, Deputy Governor of the Bank of Russia, moderated by Charles Robertson, Global Chief Economist, Renaissance Capital, and Sofya Donets, Economist, Russia & CIS, Renaissance Capital.

Two other discussions on 25 June will address the COVID-19 impact on commodity markets, and opportunities in Russia beyond oil and gas. Lord Barker, Executive Chairman of En+ Group, Mark Gyetvay, Deputy Chairman of the Management Board of NOVATEK, Dr Alya Samokhvalova, Deputy CEO of Petropavlovsk, and Anton Berlin, Head of Strategic Marketing of Nornickel will discuss some of the structural or technological changes we could expect in a post COVID-19 world and look at the threats and opportunities for the mining sector in this uncertain environment.

The panel on Russia beyond oil and gas will bring together companies from diverse non-commodity sectors of the Russian economy – established leaders and fast-growing buoyant businesses. The panel speakers – John Boynton, Chairman of the Board of Yandex, Oliver Hughes, CEO of Tinkoff, Elena Ivashentseva, Senior Partner, Baring Vostok, and Svetlana Demyashkevich, CFO of X5 Retail Group – will discuss how the coronavirus pandemic has served as a trigger for Russia’s non-oil-based economy to revive and develop, how they approached their individual responses to the crisis and building their client / investor base, and what they think will be driving non-mining industries in the years to come.

Ruslan Babaev, Co-CEO, Renaissance Capital, said: “We are happy to welcome our clients and friends to our flagship conference. At Renaissance Capital, we treat challenges as opportunities and expect the online format to translate into notably wider coverage and stronger turnout, with the participating funds’ AUMs already breaking a record $11trn. The Firm remains committed to Russia as its home market. In the current environment, we are more bullish than ever on the region, and maintain that the first rule of Russian investing is to buy on the sound of cannons.”

Anna Vyshlova, Co-CEO, Renaissance Capital, added: “With 25 years in the market, Renaissance Capital has a successful track record of sailing through more than one storm. Our continuous focus on fostering client relations translates into new landmark transactions even in difficult markets. Most recently, we successfully closed the Kazatomprom $212mn accelerated bookbuild – the largest transaction from the region in 2020, the Helios Towers $750mn 7.00% senior eurobond offering – the first high-yield corporate bond from CEEMEA* since the outbreak of the pandemic, and a new major sovereign bond transaction for Belarus, totalling $1.25bn – at the lowest-ever coupon achieved by this sovereign. We are hopeful that our conference will pave the way for more deals as well as give the participants important insights and a fresh perspective.”

*- Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa