28 May 2018
Renaissance Capital takes part in St. Petersburg International Economic Forum 2018

Moderates key session in landmark regional business and economic conference


Moscow, 28 May 2018 – Renaissance Capital, a leading emerging and frontier markets investment bank, recently participated in the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) 2018, a major global discussion venue for the key economic issues facing Russia, emerging markets, and the wider world. This year's forum was held on 24-26 May, and was based around the key theme of 'Building a Trust Economy'.

As with previous editions, Renaissance Capital took an active part in this year's forum, with Charles Robertson, the Firm's Global Chief Economist, moderating a key panel session at the event, entitled 'Economic Protectionism and Global Markets'. The session examined, among other issues, the underlying causes of current global trade disputes and the measures that can be taken by leading economies to mitigate them, as well as the sectors that might feel the most adverse impact from a rise in protectionism.

Charles also took part in the 'Russia-Africa' panel session, discussing the outlook for strengthening trade and economic relations as Africa's business climate continues to improve. Renaissance Capital maintains a long term and broad presence in Africa, with five regional offices offering its clients in-depth expertise across the continent.

The forum was also attended by Renaissance Capital's senior management team, including Christophe Charlier, Chairman of the Board of Directors; Ruslan Babaev and Anna Vyshlova, co-CEOs; Petr Molchanov, Head of Investment Banking, Russia; Dmitry Brodsky, Head of Equity Capital Markets, Russia and CIS; Andrey Volkovskiy, IB Director; and Sergei Linnik, Global Head of TMT and Director.

Ruslan Babaev and Anna Vyshlova, co-CEOs at Renaissance Capital, commented: "We are pleased to attend SPIEF, where Renaissance Capital has become a regular participant. Every year, the forum provides invaluable opportunities to meet a range of Russian and international corporates and investors from all over the world and share our insights and expertise on the Russian economy and investment climate, as well as the global issues that are the most important today. Despite current geopolitical tensions, the Russian economy is following a gradual recovery path, with up to 2% GDP growth in 2018/2019, low inflation and some interest rate cuts. We believe that investment opportunities in Russia will remain interesting for international investors."

SPIEF has been held annually since 1997, and since 2006 has been attended by global leaders, the world’s largest companies and high-ranking international and regional officials.