#26, 13.12.2018

The latest issue of the business magazine BIGMOSCOW (January–March 2019) focuses on the private equity and venture capital sector and the role of foreign investors in it.

In 2017, one of the most active foreign investors in Russia was the Finnish fund Innovestor. Wilhelm Lindholm, partner and chief investment director of the fund, told BIGMOSCOW how Moscow is becoming a hot market for international venture capital and why it is worth investing in Russian innovation projects right now.

Karin von Bismarck, founder and president of the German-speaking business club “Wirtschaftsclub Russland” (Business Club Russia), shares her thoughts on investments in Russian high-tech ventures and prospects for Russian-German cooperation.

Charles Borden, IT director of the private equity fund OLMA Capital Management, talks about investment strategies and the most promising sectors of the Russian market. An expert who has worked in Russia for over a quarter of a century, he has important insights to share.

The Austrian Paul Bruck, who owns several Moscow-based consulting companies that help German-speaking investors do business in Russia, shares his views on what is happening in the private equity and venture capital sector.

BIGMOSCOW’s section “Persona” will, as always, introduce readers to the stories of expat entrepreneurs.

The Frenchman Jean-Luc Foucher-Créteau brought Palais des Thés to Russia, a company that has been selling premium tea for 30 years and professes a special French tea culture. How does he intend to turn the company into a leader in the Russian premium tea market?

Another French expat, Marcial Laplanche, started his business in Moscow by turning to old family recipes for meat delicacies. Today, he produces premium products — rillettes and terrines — and has no shortage of customers.

Our cover man is Michael Germershausen, managing director at the Moscow office of the international recruitment company Antal. On the pages of BIGMOSCOW, he shares his observations about the Russian labor market and the place of foreign specialists in it.

Under “Modus operandi,” BIGMOSCOW presents everything that foreign investors should know about the taxation system in Russia.

The BIGMOSCOW (Business Investment Guide to Moscow) magazine is published with the support of the Moscow Department of Foreign Economic and International Relations. It appears in Russian, English and German. All versions of the present issue are available via the AppStore and Google Play for free download to owners of smartphones and tablets worldwide.

Content

  • Editorial
    Venture, Russian style
  • Place of action / Macroeconomics
    Business climate warming
    Russia in the Doing Business ranking 2018
  • Persona / Recruiter
    Michael Germershausen: “In the past 25 years, a highly-qualified generation emerged in Russia”
    The Managing Director at the Moscow office of the international recruitment company Antal shares his observations on the Russian labor market and the place of foreign experts in it.
  • Persona / Top manager
    Marcin Tokarz: “Russians are focused on rapid development, taking risks if need be”
    As a top manager, the Pole Marcin Tokarz specializes in chain retail. In the 16 years he has spent in Moscow, he worked for several big companies, with both Russian and Western management. And thus, he has plenty of material for comparison.
  • Persona / Premium retailer
    Jean-Luc Foucher-Créteau stayed in Russia for tea
    The Frenchman Jean-Luc Foucher-Créteau brought the Palais des Thés, which has been selling premium tea for 30 years and professes a special French tea culture, to the Russian market. How does he want to turn the company into a leader of the Russian premium tea market?
  • Persona / Gastronome
    Marcial Laplanche: “I can think of half a dozen new projects off the top of my head”
    Having decided to start a business in Moscow, the Frenchman Marcial Laplanche remembered old family recipes and began to prepare rillettes and terrines — French meat delicacies with a century-long history. But he also has numerous other business ideas — more than he can immediately realize.
  • In focus / Direct and venture investments
    Russian innovation and venture ecosystem
    Dynamics of the Russian venture capital market, the hottest sectors for investment, support infrastructure for hi-tech entrepreneurship and the role of foreign investment — in numbers and diagrams.
  • In focus / Direct and venture investments
    Paul Bruck’s bridges between Vienna and Moscow
    The Austrian Paul Bruck has been a Muscovite for eleven years. His consulting companies help German-speaking investors to do business in Russia.
  • In focus / Direct and venture investments
    Dr. Karin von Bismarck: “Russians and Germans know how to do business together”
    Karin von Bismarck, founder and president of the German-speaking Business Club Russia, on investments in Russian hi-tech and the perspectives of Russian-German cooperation.
  • In focus / Direct and venture investments
    Wilhelm Lindholm: “We help Russian startups onto the world stage” 
    In 2017, the Finnish fund Innovestor was one of the most active foreign investment funds in Russia. Its partner and chief investment director Wilhelm Lindholm told BIGMOSCOW how Moscow is becoming a hot market for international venture capital and why right now is the time to invest in innovative Russian products.
  • In focus / Direct and venture investments
    Russia and its investment opportunities
    Charles Borden, IT director of the private equity fund OLMA Capital, on investment strategies for the Russian market and on promising sectors. The expert has been working for Russia for over a quarter-century, and is well-positioned to give advice.
  • Modus operandi / Paying taxes
    Peculiarities and low taxes
    The Russian tax system in many ways resembles the European one, and this facilitates the entry of Western investors into the Russian market. However, Russian tax law has its own peculiarities and advantages which one should be aware of.
  • Modus operandi / Participating in events
    Calendar of crucial business events in Moscow for January, February and March 2019.
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