Deutsche Bank and UFG have also agreed that Deutsche Bank will acquire a 40 per cent stake in UFG. The parties expect to sign definitive agreements on 6 November 2003, and close the transaction in January 2004.
UFG was founded in 1994 to provide research and financial advisory services to international and Russian investors. It has assumed a leadership position as a full-service, independent Russian investment bank, owned, managed and staffed by a mix of Western and Russian professionals. The existing UFG management will continue to run the business, and Deutsche Bank representatives will join the Board.
"This transaction is another step in our successful strategy of leveraging Deutsche Bank's world-class equities platform by partnering with the best local firms," said Kevin Parker, Head of Global Equities at Deutsche Bank. "The Russian market is the largest and most important in eastern Europe. We are convinced that the combination of UFG's excellent execution capability, top research ranking and local market expertise, and Deutsche Bank's strength, product skills and global reach will give us the premier team in Russia and make our joint venture the leading financial services firm in the market."
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