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Nov 10, 2012

Russia’s MegaFon gets nod for $2 billion IPO: sources

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia’s No.2 mobile phone company, MegaFon MGFON.UL, is likely to go ahead with its planned stock market float in London this year after receiving an unofficial green light from the UK regulator, sources familiar with the matter said.‬

MegaFon had aimed to raise around $2 billion from its initial public offering this year, but several sources have said it would have to delay the share sale until 2013 if it did not get the nod from the UK Listing Authority (UKLA) in time.

Nov 7, 2012

MegaFon to post results as awaits IPO approval -sources

MOSCOW/LONDON, Nov 7 (Reuters) – MegaFon is due to announce
third-quarter results on Thursday, sources said, moving a step
closer to a planned listing, but it may still not have
everything in place to complete the sale this year.

The Russian mobile operator plans to raise around $2 billion
from an initial public offering (IPO) this year, but several
sources familiar with the matter said it may still have to delay
the sale until next year if it does not get the green light from
UK regulators soon.

Nov 5, 2012

Kcell plans London listing – sources

LONDON/MOSCOW, Nov 5 (Reuters) – Kcell, Kazakhstan’s biggest
mobile operator, plans to list in Kazakhstan and London by the
end of the year and has appointed banks to run the process,
sources close to the deal said.

Nordic telecoms group TeliaSonera agreed last year
to buy a 49 percent stake in Kcell for $1.52 billion and said it
planned to float a quarter of the company’s shares.

Oct 28, 2012

Prokhorov reassures investors as he focuses on politics

MOSCOW, Oct 28 (Reuters) – Russian billionaire Mikhail
Prokhorov’s assets will continue to be well managed by his
partners after his announcement that he is stepping back from
his businesses in order to dedicate himself to politics, his
spokeswoman said on Sunday.

Prokhorov, who challenged Vladimir Putin in last year’s
presidential elections, said on Saturday that he will hand over
the management of his business assets to partners and focus on
politics.

Oct 19, 2012

BP board considers Rosneft bid for TNK-BP

LONDON/MOSCOW, Oct 19 (Reuters) – Rosneft is
poised to secure a tighter grip on Russia’s oil industry by
buying BP’s 50 percent stake in TNK-BP, the
country’s third largest producing company.

The British oil company’s board will meet on Friday to
consider a cash and stock offer worth over $25 billion. It is
not tied to asset deals or exploration tie-ups with Rosneft
although those may come in the future, sources said.

Oct 18, 2012

Rosneft lodges bid for BP stake in TNK-BP -sources

LONDON/MOSCOW, Oct 18 (Reuters) – State oil company Rosneft
tightened its grip on the Russian oil industry on
Thursday, lodging a cash and shares bid for British oil company
BP’s 50 percent stake in the country’s third-largest oil
producer, TNK-BP.

Sources familiar with the actions of BP, Rosneft, their
advisers and financiers said a bid had been submitted to BP that
valued the whole of TNK-BP at over $50 billion. Rosneft has
already made an offer to BP’s partners in the venture.

Oct 16, 2012

Russia launches anti-smoking crackdown

MOSCOW, Oct 16 (Reuters) – Russia launched a crackdown on
smoking on Tuesday with a bill to ban tobacco advertising and
raise taxes on cigarettes to help tackle a public health crisis
in the world’s second largest tobacco market after China.

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said in a video blog that 44
million Russians, nearly one in three, were hooked on smoking,
and almost 400,000 die every year of smoking-related causes.

Oct 11, 2012

MegaFon seeks IPO investors with governance pledge

MOSCOW, Oct 11 (Reuters) – MegaFon said the make-up of its
board would reflect its focus on good corporate governance, as
it sought to attract investors for its planned initial public
offering (IPO) after Goldman Sachs dropped out as an
underwriter.

The emailed statement came days after Russia’s No.2 mobile
operator revealed the surprise absence of the U.S. investment
bank in the line-up of banks running the deal. Sources had
previously said Goldman would be one of the lead banks.

Oct 9, 2012

Russia’s MegaFon to sell shares in London

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia’s second biggest mobile operator, MegaFon, announced its plan to sell shares in London this year and was expected to raise up to $2 billion from investors seeking a stake in the rapidly growing Russian market.

The initial public offering could value MegaFon at $13 billion and become the biggest by a Russian company since that of internet firm Yandex (YNDX.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) last year. MegaFon is controlled by Russia’s richest man, Alisher Usmanov.

Oct 9, 2012

MegaFon says to launch London share sale

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia’s second-largest mobile phone operator MegaFon MGFON.UL, controlled by the country’s richest man Alisher Usmanov, is going ahead with an initial public offering in London that could be the biggest by a Russian company since last year’s flotation of internet firm Yandex (YNDX.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz).

The IPO, to be completed this quarter, will give investors the chance to buy into a purely Russian-focused phone company that is outpacing rivals such as Vimpelcom (VIP.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) in a rapidly growing home market.