In the early 90-ies Grigory Dudarev has been involved an as Advisor to lead investor in the first rounds of financing of Vympelkom, one of the leading telecom operators in Russia. At this stage the involvement included opinions and help in financial modelling and assessment of the opportunity as well as risk assessment.
In 1997-1999 members of our team have carried-out sale of the stakes in the State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company St Petersburg to private investors, the leading Russian commercial banks. As a preparation for this sale a profound restructuring, strategy update and fine-tuning of the business was carried-out under supervision and with direct participation of ours. Non-core assets were spun-off and disposed as separate deals, all the necessary materials were successfully prepared for the privatization that was completed successfully in 1998.
Starting from 1999 and until 2010 Grigory Dudarev acted as a member of the Nokia Russia Advisory Board and was responsible for the updates on the Russian telecoms and related business and strategy together with the operational team of Nokia and Nokia Siemens. In the course of the undertaking multiple investment and acquisition projects were assessed and investment in the manufacturing JV in Tomsk region was carried out.
In 2008 we assisted on of the leading Nordic media companies in evaluating entry to the Russian market and possible M&A targets.
In 2007-2008 we worked on exit of the owners of the Russian printed media companies Klakson and Sobesednik. These mandates have created a very good understanding of the printed media business in Russia
We, in 2008, have also assisted Satama Interactive Plc, at the time a leading IT advisor in Finland focused on online business development, in their Russian entry strategy. We worked on alternatives and helped in assessing the possible acquisition targets.
Later, after 2010, as the focus of this business area has shifted online we were and are still involved in a number of digital media cases. This allowed us to maintain and develop very up-to-date understanding of the fastest growing segment of the industry.
At the moment we are also involved in partial sale of the international telecom operator (MVNO).
October 7, 2013