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

02 March 2019

Media Statement.

Baring Vostok Capital Partners announces that following an appeal hearing on the pre-trial detention of BVCP Partner Philippe Delpal, the Moscow Municipal Court refused to change the form of detention for Mr Delpal to house arrest. BVCP intends to appeal this decision in higher instance courts.
28 February 2019

Media Statement.

Baring Vostok Capital Partners announces that following an appeal hearing on the pre-trial detention of BVCP Founder Michael Calvey, the Moscow Municipal Court refused to change the form of detention for Mr Calvey to house arrest. BVCP intends to appeal this decision in higher instance courts.
27 February 2019

Media Statement.

Baring Vostok Capital Partners announces that following appeal hearings regarding the pre-trial detention of BVCP Investment Director Ivan Zyuzin and Partner Philippe Delpal, the Moscow Municipal Court rejected a motion to amend the detention of Ivan Zyuzin, while Philippe Delpal’s hearings were rescheduled to 1 March. BVCP intends to appeal the court’s decision regarding Ivan Zyuzin in higher courts.
26 February 2019

Media Statement.

Baring Vostok Capital Partners announces that following an appeal hearing with regard to the pre-trial detention of BVCP partner Vagan Abgaryan, the Moscow Municipal Court refused to change the form of detention for Mr Abgaryan to house arrest.
21 February 2019

Media Statement.

Baring Vostok Capital Partners confirms that formal charges have been filed against its employees Michael Calvey, Vagan Abgaryan, Philippe Delpal and Ivan Zyuzin, under part 4 of article 159 of the Russian criminal code.
19 February 2019

Media Statement.

Elena Ivashentseva, Senior Partner at Baring Vostok Capital Partners, took part in a session of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs’ International Council for Cooperation and Investment. The ad hoc session of the committee was chaired by Alexander Shokhin to discuss the arrest of Michael Calvey and his colleagues.
18 February 2019

Media Statement.

In light of recent events, Baring Vostok Capital Partners (BVCP) announces that it continues to conduct business as usual, and that Senior Partner Elena Ivashentseva and Co-Founder Alexei Kalinin have jointly taken on the responsibilities of leading BVCP.
17 February 2019

Media Statement.

Baring Vostok Capital Partners comments on inaccurate media reports.