Business news from Ukraine

UKRAINIAN BUSINESSMAN TIGIPKO WANTS TO BUY RADISSON BLU HOTEL IN KYIV

The Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine (AMC) is considering the issue of permits to Devisal Limited (Nicosia, Cyprus), owned by Ukrainian businessman Sergiy Tigipko, to buy shares in Wesla Investments Limited (the British Virgin Islands).
According to the AMC’s agenda, the deal will provide Devisal Limited with over 50% of the voting shares on the board of Wesla Investments.
According to the unified state register, Wesla Investments Limited is the only participant with a 100% share in the charter capital of Veon Plus LLC (Kyiv), which is the owner of Radisson Blu Hotel in Podil. The ultimate beneficiary of the company as of October 3 is Moldovan citizen Victor Garaba.
Until June 2016, according to the state register, the ultimate beneficiary of Veon Plus LLC was Russian citizen Sergey Kovalev.
As reported, with reference to the CMS legal group, the transaction for the purchase of Radisson Blu Hotel in Podil by Sergiy Tigipko was completed in 2016, its cost amounted to EUR 9.2 million.

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TIGIPKO FINED BY ANTIMONOPOLY COMMITTEE OF UKRAINE

The Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine has fined PrJSC Kuznya on Rybalsky plant (Kyiv) UAH 136,000 for submission of inaccurate information in 2018 in relation to seven companies.
According to the decision made on May 20 by the competition agency, unreliable information was submitted while Sergiy Tigipko received permission to concentrate indirectly the Kuznya on Rybalsky plant’s shares in 2018 through Evinz Limited.
According to the decision, the committee on October 18, 2018 granted permission for concentration, based on information about the relationship of control only with Bud-Renovatsiya LLC and Land Development Ltd. Plus.
At the same time, on December 28, 2018, the committee received a petition from the authorized representative of PrJSC Kuznya on Rybalsky plant, which said: the shipyard is also connected by control relations with a number of subsidiaries – the House of Culture, the Medical Sanitary Department, LK-Metallurgy, catering subsidiary Parus, Housing-Operational Office-LK, Vnesheconomservice and Kyivgeist Investment LLC (all based in Kyiv).
Thus, the House of Culture and the Medical Sanitary Department also lease their own real estate, namely office, industrial and warehouse premises within Kyiv city.
According to the committee, the cumulative share of participants in the concentration in 2016-2018 of the rental industrial real estate market within Kyiv city does not exceed 5%, therefore, the provision of inaccurate information did not affect the committee’s decision to give permission for concentration.

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ANTIMONOPOLY COMMITTEE PERMITS TIGIPKO TO BUY PHARMACY BUSINESS

The Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine has permitted Cypriot T.A.S. Overseas Investments Limited, the key shareholder of which is ex-Deputy Prime Minister Sergiy Tigipko, to acquire pharmacy business of the Kosmo retail chain.
According to the report, the acquisition would grant over 50% of the votes in the management body of the company to Tigipko.
As reported, at the end of 2018, the TAS pharmacy chain (TAS Pharma LLC), part of the TAS Group, announced its plans to buy 60 pharmacies in the near future, boosting the number of pharmacies to 153 by February 2019. It was about three transactions for the purchase of pharmaceutical networks consisting of 26 and 34 pharmacies.
TAS Group was founded in 1998. It has assets in financial and industrial sectors, agriculture, real estate, pharmaceuticals and venture projects. The founder and main shareholder of the group is Sergiy Tigipko.
Currently the TAS chain has 114 pharmacies, including 71 located in Kyiv.
The pharmacy business of the Kosmo retail chain, which is under control of SigmaBleyzer investment fund, has 28 pharmacies in Kyiv city and region.

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COMPETITION AGENCY PERMITS TIGIPKO TO BUY KUZNYA ON RYBALSKY PLANT

The Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine has permitted Sergiy Tigipko to acquire over 50% of shares in private joint-stock company Kuznya on Rybalsky plant (Kyiv) indirectly via Avins Limited (Cyprus).
“Citizen of Ukraine was permitted [indirectly via Avins Limited (Cyprus)] to acquire shares in PrJSC Kuznya on Rybalsky plant (Kyiv, Ukraine), which will grant over 50% of the votes in the management body of the company,” the committee said in an official report on Friday.
As reported, the committee received Tigipko’s application on September 26, 2018.
Earlier the TAS Group belonged to Tigipko said that the group has reached a preliminary agreement on acquisition of PrJSC Kuznya on Rybalsky Plant.
“After receiving a permit from the regulator, the sides plan to continue finalizing the deal,” the group said.
The cost of the deal and the term for finalizing it are not disclosed.
Kuznya on Rybalsky is a famous shipyard on the Ukrainian market. The key shareholder in the plant privatized in 1995 is the non-diversified corporate investment fund Prime Assets Capital (earlier Petro Poroshenko fund, Kyiv).

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