The Greatest Career Mistake

Whether you are seeking a new job, trying to get a startup off the ground, or attempting to scale the corporate ladder, the greatest mistake you are making is very simple, and very avoidable: Doing it by yourself. Some of the greatest minds, leaders, and entrepreneurs have all called upon the help of a Mentor…

HFR: Hedge Funds Sour On Emerging Markets

HFR: Hedge Funds Sour On Emerging Markets

Hedge fund capital invested in emerging markets declined to conclude 2014, falling from the record level established in 3Q14 on a combination of performance losses and investor outflows concentrated in funds with exposure to Russia. The HFRI EM: Russia/Eastern Europe Index declined 18.6% in 4Q14, bringing the 2014 full year loss to 26.5%, making 2014…

Omni Macro Fund Bullish On India, Watching China

Omni Macro Fund was formed in 2007 by Stephen Rosen, previously a prop trader at JP Morgan. The $600 million strategy was up 5.7% in 2014 and is over three percent ahead so far in 2015. Rosen  is supported by Head of Strategy Chris Morrison, also a former prop trader at JP Morgan. In addition…

EBRD and KICB finance improvements for Ak Bermet resort on Lake Issyk-Kul

EBRD and KICB finance improvements for Ak Bermet resort on Lake Issyk-Kul

Lake Issyk-Kul is one of the most famous sights in the Kyrgyz Republic and Central Asia. With appropriate investment, the area has the potential for further promotion as an attractive holiday resort. The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and KICB, its local partner bank, are supporting further development of this tourist attraction by…

Cordiant hits $350 million at final close of latest emerging markes loan fund

Cordiant hits $350 million at final close of latest emerging markes loan fund

Cordiant, a leading emerging market private debt fund manager, has raised US $350 million at the final close of its latest debt fund, the Cordiant Emerging Loan Fund IV (CELF IV). The fund’s primary focus will be on senior, secured loans issued to emerging market private sector borrowers, with an emphasis on diversification across countries…

Uniform rules on syndicated lending drafted in Russia

By Andrei Skvarsky. A large group of banks and companies including Sberbank, Deutsche Bank, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Baker & McKenzie have drafted uniform rules on syndicated lending based on Russian law in a bid to do away with legal discrepancies in the current Russian syndicated lending practice.

International private equity firms Siguler Guff and CapMan invest in Russian educational test preparation company

Siguler Guff and CapMan, two international private equity firms, announced last week an investment in Maximum Education, a major Russian provider of educational test preparation services, in exchange for “a significant minority stake.” Siguler Guff declined to disclose any further details of the transaction, but Maximum Education CEO Michael Magkov told East-West Digital News it…

Russian venture fund Life.Sreda seeks to sell assets amid first signs of severe industry contraction

Russian fintech fund Life.Sreda is seeking buyers for the greater part of its portfolio companies, both Russian and foreign, Russian business daily Vedomosti has learned from unnamed industry insiders. The fund intends to concentrate on the development of its most promising project, mobile acquiring startup LifePay. In an exchange with the newspaper, Life.Sreda representative Anna…

Asia Frontier Capital Newsletter – Country Snapshot: Bangladesh

With over 160 million people, a young and cheap labor force and a strategic location between India and China – two of largest engines of global economic growth over the past decade – Bangladesh maintains strong prospects for extended economic growth.

Deutsche Boerse group: Consumer sentiment in Russia lowest for nearly 2 years

By Andrei Skvarsky. Monthly polls of ordinary Russians by MNI Indicators, an intelligence unit of the Deutsche Boerse group, suggest that consumer confidence in Russia has been fizzling out steadily for months and in January hit the lowest mark since the surveys were launched in March 2013.