Russia & CIS
Under the leadership of its new Prime Minister, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, Uzbekistan has moved further down the long path towards global integration. With its debut USD1bn Eurobond issuance in February this year, Uzbekistan is seeking to establish itself as a regular participant in global financial markets in the years to come.
It seems that, on March 31, Ukraine once again received a chance to accelerate its transformation, argues Sergey Aleksashenko, a nonresident senior fellow at Brookings Institute and Russia's ex-deputy finance minister.
The Russian government is developing a USD400bn roadmap for a massive economic overhaul in a bid to boost living standards and spur activity in key segments of the economy. Attracting that kind of investment is already looking like a mammoth task, particularly given some of the recent political moves clouding the country’s business climate.
As Russia enters its fifth year under sanctions and the deal pipeline in the region continues to be squeezed, south of the border some CIS and Central Asian states are undergoing remarkable transformation. But sanctions against Russia will not necessarily free up credit for potential issuers in the former Soviet states, all of which makes for an increasingly uncertain debt capital market for the region in coming months.
Abid Mamedov, CEO of AzFinance Investment Company CJSC, talks about the rising appetite for Azerbaijani paper, exposure to Russian risk, and expectations for the local currency bond market in 2019.
28 Feb 2019
With geopolitics becoming increasingly defined by nationalism – both economic and political – sanctions have become a common means of exerting soft power in the international arena. Yet the extent to which the threat of punitive economic measures may impact investors remains unclear.
Since its establishment in 1960, OPEC has seen its proportion of global oil production gradually decline. With the formation of OPEC+ in 2016, which saw OPEC agree to cut production alongside a number of other producers, and Qatar’s recent exit from the bloc, questions have been raised about the cartel’s waning influence – leading some to seriously consider what a world without OPEC would look like.
Eric de Beauchamp, Senior Vice President at Credit Bank of Moscow, admits fear of additional sanctions – more so than existing measures – is weighing on the minds of investors when it comes to Russia. But shrewd management and strong communications allowed CBOM to avoid the fate of numerous large lenders that fell victim of the Central Bank’s cleanup of the sector in 2017, becoming one of the most successful private banks in the country.
RusHydro issued the first Russian corporate Renminbi denominated Eurobond via a dual-currency dual tranche deal against the backdrop of a fairly subdued Russian debt capital market, following up on a three-year RUB20mn 7.4% issuance last February.
The long-forgotten instrument is back in the market as commodity exporters are stuck between sanctions-related forced “de-dollarisation” of the Russian economy and their internal requirements for hard-currency funding.
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