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.
CTC Media

CTC Media

One of Russia’s largest television stations. Fully exited in 2008
Location:
Moscow, Russia
Years:
1995-2008
Shareholding:
Large minority
Exit:
IPO on NASDAQ in 2006

StoryFirst Communications (later renamed "CTC Media") was founded by an American entrepreneur (Peter Gerwe) in 1989. From 1991 to 1997, the company attracted significant funding from global individual and institutional investors. In 1996, CTC Media launched the first Russian national television network, CTC, based on the American model. The company acquired and founded many regional television channels so as to cover the whole Russian landmass.

The value of the advertising market in Russia declined sharply after the 1998 crisis and caused a dramatic drop in revenue, which led several institutional investors to sell their shares. In early 2002, Baring Vostok Private Equity Fund purchased shares from these investors.

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News

15 August 2019

Media Statement.

Mosgorsud took the only possible reasonable decision today, transferring Philippe Delpal to house arrest. The court also claified some of the restrictions relating to Michael Calvey’s continued house arrest.
06 August 2019

Media Statement.

BVCP statement on the decision by Mosgorsud on 5 August 2019.
10 July 2019

Media Statement.

At today’s hearing in the Basmanniy Court the defense lawyers for Ivan Zyuzin and Vagan Abgaryan announced a motion to disqualify the judge after spotting the ruling for the hearing on the judge’s desk before the hearing had even completed.
09 July 2019

Media Statement.

Today’s decision by the Basmanniy Court to prolong the pre-trial detentions of Maxim Vladimirov and Philippe Delpal was unfounded.

08 July 2019

Media Statement.

Today the Basmanny Court once again prolonged the house arrest of the founder of Baring Vostok Michael Calvey, without any legal basis for the arrest.

14 June 2019

Media Statement.

Baring Vostok funds are very concerned about potential violations with the bank’s formal approach to meeting the Central Bank requirements, and about continuing issues with Vostochny’s asset quality that may require an additional RUB 10-15 billion of provisions be created.
21 May 2019

Media Statement.

BVCP statement on the decision to deny Philippe Delpal’s appeal regarding the form of pre-trial detention.
17 May 2019

Media Statement.

BVCP statement on ruling by Amur Court of Arbitration.