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ABH Holdings S.A., Banking Group of Alfa Group Consortium, and International Group UniCredit Group Closed the Deal on Exchange of Assets

October 31, 2016. TAG: Financial Services

October 31, 2016, Kyiv, Ukraine – Today, ABH Holdings S.A. (ABHH) that indirectly owns 100 % shares in Alfa-Bank Ukraine (through the holding company ABH Ukraine Limited (ABHU)) and UniCredit Group (UCG) announced the closing of the deal to transfer 99.9% of shares in Public Joint Stock Company “Ukrsotsbank” (UCG asset in Ukraine) in exchange for a minority 9.9% stake in ABHH.

As a result of this deal, UniCredit Group, the Italian banking group spanning over 17 countries, became a minority shareholder of ABH Holdings S.A., an investment holding company of Alfa Group headquartered in Luxembourg. Also, Andrea Maffezzoni, Head of Strategy, Business Development and M&A at UniCredit, will join the Board of Directors of ABHH.

Commenting on the closing of the deal, Mikhaіl Fridman, the Chairman of the Supervisory Board of international consortium Alfa Group, said, “We welcome our new partner UniCredit Group as a shareholder of our banking group. This partnership will allow us to step up in the development of ABHH group in all the countries in which the group operates, combining our expertise, years of experience and strengths of our teams.”

“This deal will undoubtedly result in the emergence in Ukraine of a strong player acting on the unified platform of two banks. We are going to compete for the leadership in the Ukrainian market, first and utmost, by upgrading the level of technology, increasing efficiency, improving quality of service for the clients, as well as reducing the cost of services and expanding their range,” added Mikhaіl Fridman regarding the plans for ABHH banking group’s development in Ukraine.

This deal has been carried out in full compliance with the laws and regulations. On September 8, 2016, the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine authorised concentration of ABHH having noted the positive effects of this concentration for the whole banking sector and that the banking system of Ukraine will receive a large and highly competitive bank, which will have a positive effect on its stability. In addition, the clients will get access to better products and services.

Also, on October 12, 2016, the National Bank of Ukraine has approved the deal between ABHH and UCG welcoming the first big M&A deal in the banking industry in recent years and expecting that the combination of competencies of the two international financial groups will promote the development of the banking service market in Ukraine.

Rushan Hvesyuk, the Chief Executive Officer of Alfa-Bank Ukraine, noted, “This is a unique deal in the financial industry of Ukraine. Ukrsotsbank and Alfa-Bank Ukraine have a long history of successful operation in the banking market and are rated among TOP 10. We have been through a few very difficult periods together with Ukraine and its economy. And now, as a unified team and with the support of our shareholders from two international banking groups, we will work alongside to create a new leader of the country’s banking market.”

“We will continue to make our contribution to developing of the financial industry and economy of the country. And the clients will receive new possibilities – a broader product line, more advantageous conditions, extensive network of branches and ATMs across the country, advanced functionality – nothing but the best from the two banks, and the best that will be created by a new unified team,” added Rushan Hvesyuk.

Tamara Savoshchenko, the Chairman of the Board of PJSC “Ukrsotsbank”: “In a highly competitive banking industry, it is clear that the new leader in the market can only emerge as a result of the synergy of two strongest players, two teams of experts working towards the same goal.”

The deal structure assumes that UniCredit Group transfers its block of shares in PJSC “Ukrsotsbank” to ABH Holdings S.A. in exchange for issued shares equal to 9.9% stake in ABHH after the deal closing.

Additional information:

Alfa-Bank Ukraine is a large Ukrainian commercial bank with international capital, forming a part of private investment holding company ABH Holdings S.A. (ABHH) headquartered in Luxembourg. According to the NBU classification the bank falls within the category of banks with foreign capital. ABHH holding company has investments in a number of banking groups operating in Europe and the CIS area, specifically in Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, Belarus, and the Netherlands.
ABHH’s owners include Mikhaіl Fridman – 36.47%, German Khan – 23.27% (both with Israeli citizenship), Aleksei Kuzmichev – 18.12%, Petr Aven – 13.76%, Andrei Kosogov – 4.08% (all three with Russian citizenship), as well as The Mark Foundation for Cancer Research – 4.30%.

Official website of Alfa-Bank Ukraine:

UniCredit Bank (PJSC “Ukrsotsbank”) is one of the largest universal banks of Ukraine, offering its individual and corporate clients a full range of services. The renovated UniCredit Bank was created in December 2013 through integration of two Ukrainian assets of UniCredit Group, which has been operating on the local market since 1997.
UniCredit is a leading European commercial bank spanning over 50 markets and 17 European countries.

Official website of UniCredit Bank (PJSC “Ukrsotsbank”):

ABH Holdings S.A.

ABH Holdings S.A. (ABHH) is a privately owned Luxembourg-based holding company investing into several banking groups in the CIS and Europe. ABHH includes Alfa-Bank (Russia), Alfa-Bank (Ukraine), Ukrsotsbank (Ukraine), Alfa-Bank (Belarus), Alfa-Bank (Kazakhstan) and Amsterdam Trade Bank N.V. You can find more information on ABH Holdings S.A.'s website