Сentral Bank conceals Vekselberg’s stake in two banks

Сentral Bank conceals Vekselberg’s stake in two banks
Viktor Vekselberg

Earlier, the Central Bank reported that it managed to restrict access to information on the relations between banks and individuals and companies that faced sanctions.

The name of oligarch Viktor Vekselberg, whom the United States put into the sanctions list, disappeared from the list of shareholders of one of the largest banks in the Sverdlovsk region. According to RBC, Vekselberg is a member of Metkombank board (cache of Google) with a share of 9.9%. The bank was founded in 1993 in the city of Kamensk-Uralsky. Now the credit organization is included in top-100 of the largest Russian banks by the basic indicators of activity.

Earlier 99.98% of the bank belonged to the Cyprus company of Vekselberg Winterlux Limited, but in December 2016 the businessman decided to pass shares to Renova top-managers.

The surname of the oligarch, who faced the US sanctions, disappeared from the list of shareholders of the International Financial Club (IFC) bank. Vekselberg owns 39.4% of the shares of this bank through the Cyprus Winterlux Limited. Co-owner of this credit organization is Mikhail Prokhorov (27.74%), another 19.71% belongs to the Prokhorov’s ONEXIM, and 13.14% is owned by the spouse of Rostec head Sergey Chemezov (he is also under sanctions).

The bank was established in 2000 as a result of the corporate restructuring of APR-BANK, founded in 1993. The main activities of IFC cover classical and investment banking services for large corporate clients, providing a full range of services for private wealthy clients, as well as operations in financial markets.

In January, ONEXIM filed an application with the Federal Antimonopoly Service for the purchase of a 100% stake in IFC, at the end of March it was approved. Now the bank's website demonstrates Error 404 instead of information about shareholders.

In late March, the Central Bank reported that it managed to restrict access to information on the relations between banks and individuals and companies that faced sanctions. The regulator noted that it had drafted government decrees according to which information on beneficiaries appearing in foreign sanctions lists is not subject to disclosure on the websites of the Central Bank and the financial organizations.

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