MOSCOW, February 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) announces that it has invested in the initial public offering (IPO) of the Moscow Exchange and secured leading international investment funds to co-invest in the IPO.
The investment is part of a long-term strategy to promote the development of Russian capital markets and broaden the international appeal of the Moscow Exchange.Prior to the IPO, through its co-investment model, RDIF also attracted other investors to the Exchange; the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), Cartesian Capital, BlackRock and China Investment Corporation (CIC). Kirill Dmitriev, Chief Executive Officer of RDIF, said: "The interest from international investors shows the attractiveness of the Moscow Exchange and Russia's capital market as a whole." Following its participation in the IPO RDIF has approximately 4.5% shareholding in the Exchange. Notes to editors: Russian Direct Investment Fund ( http://www.rdif.ru) was established in June 2011 to make equity investments primarily in the Russian Federation. RDIF's management company is a 100% subsidiary of Vnesheconombank. In each investment it makes, RDIF is mandated to secure co-investment that as a minimum matches its commitment, thus acting as a catalyst for direct investment into the Russian economy. The Moscow Exchange MICEX-RTS is the leading Russian stock exchange and the leading trading venue for futures and options in Eastern Europe. It provides a wide range of opportunities to investors, professional institutions and their Russian and foreign clients for equities, bonds, currencies as well as derivatives trading. Contacts for additional information: For the RDIF: Maria Medvedeva Press-secretary +7-964-7261773 email@example.com Hudson Sandler Andrew Hayes/ Andrew Leach/ Maria Ignatova/ Elena Kuza Tel +44(0)20-7796-4133 SOURCE Russian Direct Investment Fund