Advisory Team

Introduction

Each member of our team has achieved outstanding business success in their own right, at the highest levels in multi-national organisations, or providing advice to heads of state and business leaders. Our international background, with team members from Europe, America, Africa and the Middle East, gives us a unique global perspective for cross-border transactions.

Our collective exposure, not just as advisors, but also as high-level 'deal-makers' and business conduits, creates a broad spectrum of understanding and opportunity for our clients.

Our common starting point is a strategic one, a desire to understand the needs of both parties, to identify possible synergies and suitable investment opportunities and to provide actionable solutions that minimise risks and maximise rewards.

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    Introduction
  • Yuri Zektser

    | Chairman

    Yuri has particularly impressive credentials within the financial and industrial sectors and is an advisor to the Chairman of VneshEkonomBank, the Russian government's development bank. He was also a Board Member of NTB (National Trading Bank) a regional corporate and retail bank, prior to its sale to Globex Bank.

    Formerly the MD of AVVA, one of the first investment companies in Russia, he was also a long serving Board Member for a number of high profile organisations, including AvtoVAZ, Russia's leading automobile manufacturer, where he was responsible for strategic development.

    Yuri has effected several significant M&A acquisitions within Russia and Europe, most notably, the acquisition of a 40% stake in NTB by VneshEkonomBank. He played a pivotal role in creating the GM-AvtoVAZ-EBRD joint venture, the merger of EuroLada GmbH and DeutscheLada GmbH, and the joint venture between AvtoVAZ and Valmet Automotive for vehicle production in Finland.

    During his initial career in steel production, Yuri was a metallurgical engineer in charge of establishing a number of plants in both Russia and India.

    Yuri is Chairman of the SI-CP as well as being a Board Member of Delta Motor Group and Executive Aircraft Sales.

    Yuri holds a Mechanical Engineering degree from the Leningradsky State Mining Institute.

  • Yuri Zekster

    Yuri Zektser

    Chairman
  • Rudy Amirkhanian

    | Managing Partner

    A multi-lingual international entrepreneur and advisor who, in his thirty-year career, was involved with 28 start-ups and turnarounds in eight countries including Russia, Iran, Iraq, Tanzania, UAE and Greece in the following sectors: automotive manufacturing, distribution and retail; telecommunication; food processing; organised retail; mineral exploration; financial services; aviation; chemical production and distribution.

    He also advised a number of multi-nationals such as: General Motors on the establishment of a JV with Iran Vanet for the production of the S10 pick-up; AvtoVAZ on the sale of a 25% stake to Renault; Aerospatiale on the establishment of a JV with NPO-PM of Russia for the production of telecommunication satellites; and a major Russian telecom operator on the development of their pan African expansion strategy.

    Rudy completed his Law Degree at London University’s School of Oriental and African Studies and studied for an MBA/Troisieme Cycle at Pennsylvania State University (USA) and the Centre d’Etude et Renseignment Applique au Management (France).

  • Rudy Amirkhanian

    Rudy Amirkhanian

    Managing Partner
  • Evgeny Borodkin

    | Advisory Services Associate

    Evgeny Borodkin has over 5 years of experience gained in bulge bracket banks, Big 4 accounting firms and M&A boutiques, JP Morgan, Citigroup Investment Banking, Eastway Capital and Ernst & Young.

    Having worked in Russia and the UK, Evgeny covered M&A, new share offerings and convertible debt placements with a particular responsibility for valuation modeling for agriculture, TMT, aviation and financial services.

    Evgeny has an MSc. from Humboldt Universitaet in Berlin as well as a BSc and MSc from the Higher School of Economics in Moscow.

  • Evgeny Borodkin

    Evgeny Borodkin

    Advisory Services Associate
  • Mikhail Dubinin

    | Partner

    Mikhail is a founder and former CEO of Wimm-Bill-Dann, the largest dairy producer in the FSU and second largest producer of fruit juices in Russia. His participation was instrumental in nurturing the company from its inception to market leader, followed by his successful spearheading of the listing of Wimm-Bill-Dann on the NYSE in 2001. In 2011 Wimm-Bill-Dann was successfully sold to PepsiCo in the single largest food sector M&A in Russian history.

    Mikhail is also the founder of Podruzhka, a leading chain of women’s retail shops with more than 100 outlets in the greater Moscow area.

    He has also founded and co-founded a number of highly successful property related companies including: development of the luxury housing complex, Benelux Village, on the outskirts of Moscow and Gde Etot Dom, an online multiple listing service and city guide.

    He is a graduate of the State University of Management, Russia.

  • Mikhail Dubinin

    Mikhail Dubinin

    Partner
  • Jean Durand-Ruel

    | Director MENA Operations

    Jean worked for over eight years at Mazars in Paris, a leading European auditing and financial consulting company. He was subsequently appointed as director of the Mazars office in Budapest, where he structured and developed Mazars' presence, providing services to major international companies such as BNP Paribas, Danone and Bouygues.

    He later joined Iveco Fiat, serving as CFO of the financial companies operating in the CEE region. He took charge of business development for Iveco and Case New Holland for the CEE and Middle East region, before being appointed as CEO for Iveco's financial companies for the CEE, Middle East and International regions.

    Jean has a degree in Fiscal and Private Law from the Pantheon-Assas University in Paris. He has a DESCF in Accounting & Finance and studied the history of art at l'Ecole du Louvre.

  • Jean Durand-Ruel

    Jean Durand-Ruel

    Director MENA Operations
  • David Herman

    | Board Member, Delta Motor Group

    One of the most respected leaders in the international automotive industry, David has steered some of the world's most successful organisations as Chairman of Opel AG, President of SAAB, and Overseas Vice President of General Motors Corporation.

    Over 29 years with GM, David was responsible for the establishment of General Motors Espana (vehicle and component manufacturing/distribution) and General Motors Poland (manufacturing and distribution), the takeover of SAAB by General Motors and the creation of a joint venture between General Motors, AvtoVAZ and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

    At various times during his singularly impressive career, David occupied positions of Managing Director and CEO of General Motors in Spain, Chile, Colombia, Belgium, Germany and Sweden.

    In his current role as Chairman of Sollers, a leading Russian vehicle and parts producer, David is the only American Chairman of a Russian listed company, where he has spearheaded the creation of joint ventures with Isuzu and Ford.

    Formerly, David was the Chairman of the Audit and Compensation Committees of the Board of Golden Telecom (a leading Russian telecom operator acquired by Wimpelcom). Since 2011, David has been a Member of the Board of Magnitogorsk Metall (MMK), Russia's largest steel producer.

    David received a BA in Government from New York University and attended the London School of Economics and Harvard University Graduate School. David has also earned a JD from Harvard Law School.

  • David Herman

    David Herman

    Board Member, Delta Motor Group
  • Elena Lokteva

    | Partner

    Elena was formerly the CFO and a member of the Board for AvtoAgregate (a public company manufacturing components for the automotive industry) and Trinity Automotive Group (a distributor and retailer of cars and leisure craft throughout the FSU). Elena also held the position of CFO for SigmaPlast, the Russian distributor for GE Plastics and IHG Russia, a leading logistics provider to the automotive industry across Europe.

    She has particular expertise in corporate accounting and finance, tax planning and legal structuring and the structuring and execution of M&A transactions. Her skills were instrumental in the groups acquisition, restructuring and successful transformation of Delta Motor Group and Mercury Technology.

    Elena is certified as a CPA in the USA and as an auditor by the Russian Ministry of Finance, and holds degrees in Accounting & Audit, and Engineering.

  • Elena Lokteva

    Elena Lokteva

    Partner
  • Alexander Orlov

    | Partner, Chief Legal Officer

    Alexander has over a decade of experience in the leading Russian dairy producer Wimm-Bill-Dann.

    He oversaw all legal aspects in relation to syndicated loan structuring, the sale and buy-back of a series of bond issues by Wimm-Bill-Dann, the sale of 18% of the company to Danone and the ultimate sale to PepsiCo (the single largest deal in the Russian beverage segment).

    He joined SI-CP after the sale of Wimm-Bill-Dan to PepsiCo, and has been Chief Legal Officer of the group since that time.

    Alexander is also a Board Member of SI Retail and SI Foods.

    He is a graduate of Moscow State University of Railway Engineering (management in automated systems) and of Moscow State Institute of International Relations (International Law).

  • Alexander Orlov

    Alexander Orlov

    Partner, Chief Legal Officer
  • Dmitry Razorenov

    | Managing Partner

    Dmitry's expertise focuses on the mining and private equity arena, having executing various investment projects in Russia and Africa.

    He is a Partner of Arlan (a private equity firm with gold and diamond interests in Russia and infrastructure projects in Africa) and formerly the Senior VP of VTB (a leading corporate, investment and retail bank in Russia).

    Dmitry initially developed his knowledge of private equity as Deputy Managing Director of AVVA (a Russian investment company established in the early 1990s). At AvtoVAZ Group, where he was on the Board of Directors, he was responsible for strategy development, investor relations and strategic partnerships.

    He has executed a number of highly successful mining M&A transactions, notably the sale of the Pogromnoe (Chita region) and Tabornoe (Yakutia region) gold mines to Severstal Resource and a joint venture with RusAtom for mining uranium in Africa.

    Dmitry is a Board Member of Dodoni, Executive Aircraft Sales and the IAL Group.

    He holds a Diploma in International Relations from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations and a Diploma in Financial Management from the Moscow Financial Academy.

  • Dmitry Razorenov

    Dmitry Razorenov

    Managing Partner
  • Tom Seepers

    | Director Advisory Services

    Tom has over 12 years of Corporate Finance experience in the City of London and Moscow with Citigroup Investment Banking, where he originated and executed M&A, debt and equity transactions in various countries.

    He played a key role in building up the Basic Industries (building, mining and paper) team at Citi, and advised on numerous private and public transactions, including the disposal of Orascom's cement assets to Lafarge ($15bn), and the successful, unsolicited offer for Rinker ($15bn) by Cemex.

    At SI, Tom originates and executes both advisory and PE projects.

    Tom graduated with a Master of Science in Finance from the London Business School and an MSc. in Business Administration from the Rotterdam School of Management.

  • Tom Seepers

    Tom Seepers

    Director Advisory Services
  • Lionel Zinsou

    | Board Member SI

    Acknowledged for his cross-cultural strategic vision, Lionel has an in-depth understanding of the MENA region, as well as extensive transactional and advisory experience within M&A and private equity.
     
    He is currently Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of PAI (Paribas Affaires Industrielles) the leading European private equity firm, managing and advising dedidcated buy-out funds with an aggregate equity value of over 11 billion Euros.
     
    Formerly a General Partner of Rothschild & Cie and the head of the Middle East and Africa Committee, Lionel also held various senior management positions at Danone, including Group Corporate Development Director, and was Managing Director of HP and Lea & Perrins.
     
    He was also formerly a Member of the French Prime Minister's Office and is currently Advisor to the President of the Republic of Benin.
     
    Lionel and his team have provided high-level M&A advice to a number of governments and organisations within MENA and Africa: to the Jordanian government (on the sale of their Electricity Company); to P&O (on the sale to DP World); to DNATA (on the sale of SR Technics); to the governments of Benin and Burkina Faso (on the sale of various companies to ONA in the areas of banking, mining and telecom); and to the government of Libya on the privatisation of two banks.
     
    A graduate of the French École Normale Supérieure, he holds advanced degrees in Social Sciences and Economic History from Université de Paris IV, Université de Paris VII, the London School of Economics, and the Institut des Études Politiques.

  • Lionel Zinsou

    Lionel Zinsou

    Board Member SI