Deutsche Bank becomes the sole owner of United Financial Group
Charles Ryan appointed Chief Country Officer and CEO of Deutsche Bank in Russia
Deutsche Bank (XETRA: DBKGn.DE / NYSE: DB) today announced it has entered into legally binding agreements to acquire the remaining 60% of United Financial Group (UFG). The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2006 subject to regulatory and anti-monopoly approvals. The parties have agreed that financial terms will not be disclosed.
Founded in 1994, Moscow-based UFG has established a leading position as a full-service investment company for international and Russian clients.
The acquisition follows Deutsche Bank’s purchase of a 40% stake in UFG in 2004. Since then UFG and Deutsche Bank have worked successfully together in a strategic partnership. The acquisition will consolidate Deutsche Bank’s position as one of the leading investment banks in Russia, with an unrivalled presence in advisory, equities, fixed income and derivatives markets.
Charles Ryan, Chairman and CEO of UFG, will become Chief Country Officer and CEO of Deutsche Bank in Russia. Alexis Rodzianko, Deutsche Bank’s current Chief Country Officer, will stay with Deutsche Bank until mid 2006 to provide a smooth transition.
Tessen von Heydebreck, member of Deutsche Bank’s Board of Managing Directors, said: “Our partnership with UFG has been highly successful in creating one of the leading players in Russian investment banking. The final acquisition allows us to build on this successful partnership and underscores our strategic commitment to Russia, one of the most exciting growth economies in the world. The new entity will combine the skill sets of both organisations to create a leading force in the Russian market and to become an integral part of Deutsche Bank’s premier global investment banking franchise.”
Charles Ryan, Chairman and CEO of UFG said: “My team and I are delighted to begin this new chapter in the history of our organization and the Russian securities and investment banking industry. Our careful approach to building this relationship slowly and prudently has ideally positioned our people and products for the smoothest possible transaction. I am looking forward to my new role and am confident that the acquisition of UFG will further reinforce DB's position as a market leader in the provision of financial advisory services in Russia. As ever, we are grateful to our clients, to whom we ultimately owe our success. The past two years have shown that the combination of UFG and Deutsche Bank has been a potent recipe for success in helping them build their businesses and meet their investment goals. We see a bright future ahead.”
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