Five foreign banks have applied for participation in “big privatization”

Five foreign banks, including American and European, have applied for participation in privatization. About this in the Exchange forum said Deputy economic development Minister Nikolay Podguzov, reports RBC.

The participation of foreign banks in the privatisation not ruled out if agents deem it necessary to involve them as co-organizers, said Podguzov.

In late March, Reuters reported that to participate in “big privatization” expressed the willingness of Swiss banks UBS and Credit Suisse. We are talking about the investment in Bashneft, ALROSA and VTB. Banks are willing to take such a step, if it is not a violation of the sanctions regime. In addition, according to the Agency, Advisory services in privatization is willing to provide Italian Bank UniCredit. However, neither U.S. Bank, Reuters noted, on the proposal of the Ministry of economic development to participate in privatization has not responded.

Today Podguzov also said that the government is going to involve privatization of non-state pension funds (NPF). NPFs are themselves interested in this and have the resources, he noted. Three such transactions should pass this year, but the exact date is still unknown — said Podguzov, it all depends on market conditions. In General, in the course of privatization, priority is accorded to Russian investors, explained the official, but the government are not prepared to offer them a discount because shares are at attractive levels.