TEC Breakfast with Runa Capital 2011-10-18

TEC meeting organised for Silicon Valley Russian-speaking entrepreneurs and Moscow-base Runa Capital partner Andre Bliznyuk.

5 years of investment banking experience: headed the Russia/CIS Equity Capital Markets Group for Goldman Sachs (2010-2011) and, prior to that, UBS Investment Bank (2006-2009), focusing on IPOs and other ECM transactions in Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan
In 2003-2006, head of capital markets and investor relations at Sistema, leading Russian conglomerate, managing debt and equity financing deals for Sistema, MTS, Comstar, Sistema Hals and Sitronics; prior to that, worked in Wimm-Bill-Dann’s investor relations team (2001-2003)
Graduated from MSU with a master’s degree in Cross-Cultural Communications; followed this with a graduate course in Economics/Management

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