The Funds’ first investment in telecommunications was made in 1994 in FGI Wireless (which eventually became today’s Vimpelcom, one of Russia’s largest mobile telephony operators). The company was a pioneer in cellular network development in Russia. Since 1994, Baring Vostok funds have invested over $850 million in 30 companies in the internet, software, media, and telecommunications sector.
Center of Financial Technologies

Center of Financial Technologies

Leader in software solutions and processing services for financial and credit organizations in Russia and the CIS.
Novosibirsk/Moscow, Russia
Year of the first investment:
Size of share holding:
Large minority

The company’s leading position is a result of 20 years of experience on the market, and of the development of the software and processing sides of the business at the same time, as well as taking innovative approaches to offering computer support to banks. More than 500 financial institutions in Russia and the CIS are clients of the company. CFT is the leading Russian software developer for the financial sector, and one of the top five Russian companies to develop its own software. The company has for some years now enjoyed annual rates of revenue growth well above the market average, at around 30 per cent per year.

CFT is among the leading companies providing software for the investment industries and processing services across Russia and the CIS. Baring Vostok Private Equity Fund III became a shareholder of the company in 2006.

Development stages:

  • Developing and strengthening a leading place on the market of automated banking transactions.
    In 2009, the company implemented a high-capacity technology platform for the centralization of banking transactions, for which there was particular demand from federal banks with multi-branch networks.
    In 2011, the company moved to a new model of how to work with financial institutions, and began to develop applications that focus on solutions to specific business problems. Banks order these applications from a catalogue of options.
  • Growing the company on the processing market, including money transfer services, pre-paid cards, transport and social cards, Internet banking and utilities payments (the [Sistema] Gorod federal system). The money transfer service was implemented in the retail chain Svyaznoy in 2009. The Golden Crown (Zolotaya Korona) service is now available in more than 8,000 outlets of Svyaznoy, Evroset and MTS and also in more than 12,000 bank branches across Russia and the CIS.
    In 2010, the company began the production of prepaid cards (jointly with Evroset), and demand for them has grown rapidly.

Other projects


07 November 2016

CFT in TOP-3 in CNews Analytics Rating.

CNews Analytics agency has published its annual review ”IT in Banks and Insurance Companies”, which includes a rating of major bank IT suppliers. The rating was based on the results of the activity of market participants in 2015. Center of Financial Technologies was second in the rating of Russia’s major IT developers.
13 September 2012 has been acknowledged the fastest Russian federal internet provider.

According to Net Index , telecom operator is the fastest federal internet provider in Russia. The average internet speed that provides to its Subscribers in 42 cities of presence amounts to 35 Mbit/sec., which is more than two times higher than the average internet speed in Russia (about 16 Mbit/sec.).

22 August 2012 offers a new format for services consumption – the HD.

Telecom services operator launches new bundled offers in all the 42 cities of presence, comprising the basic telecom services – high-speed internet, cable and HD TV, and telephony. The key characteristics of the bundles are the utmost speed of internet access (up to 100 Mbit/sec around the clock) and the highest number of HD channels in the basic TV package among digital TV operators (23 channels), which enables the company’s Subscribers to consume high-quality HD content in the most convenient manner – with the help of a TV set or in the internet from any video-supporting mobile device.
31 July 2012

Yandex Announces Second Quarter 2012 Financial Results.

MOSCOW AND THE HAGUE, July 31, 2012, Yandex (NASDAQ: YNDX), the leading internet company in Russia operating the country’s most popular search engine and most visited website, today announced its unaudited financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2012.