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Founder and Chairman

Alexander Leyviman is one of the principal founders of AFK Sistema, the largest public diversified corporation in Russia and the CIS. AFK Sistema manages companies which serve over 100 million customers in telecommunications, oil and energy, technology, radio and aerospace, banking, retail, mass-media, tourism and healthcare services. During his almost 15 years at AFK Sistema, Alexander held the positions of CFO, Chairman of the Investment Committee, Board Member, CEO of Sistema Mass Media, CEO of Intourist and served as a Board Director in various AFK Sistema companies, including MTS.

Alexander led the IPOs of the first two Russian companies listed on the NYSE. The first being the Russian telecom company Vimpelcom (NYSE: VIP) in 1996, and then Mobile TeleSystems (NYSE: MBT) in 2000. He also led the IPO of AFK Sistema in 2005.

Alexander graduated from the Moscow D. Mendeleev Institute of Chemical Technology, has authored over 40 registered patents in the field of chemistry and has published 16 scientific research reports.

Executive Team

Maria Leyviman, Managing Director, joined Atlant Capital in April 2011, from Rothschild where she had worked as an Assistant Director since 2009. Prior to this, she held senior treasury positions in MTS and worked in Sistema-Hals as Head of Treasury / Corporate Finance and Investments. Here, she was responsible for developing and implementing the debt strategy, as well as acquiring and supporting credit ratings from Fitch and Moody’s. She raised and managed a $1.5 billion debt portfolio, including 3 VTB facilities totalling $950m and a $187m Eurohypo construction and investment facility for a retail complex in St Petersburg. As Head of M&A at Sistema-Hals she participated in the divestiture of a $310m business into a JV with Apsys Group and a divestiture of a 50 percent stake in a $120m company consisting of a hotel and residential project to Saraya Ltd.

Maria’s recent transactions include advising KOKS group on its debut $350m Eurobond offering, advising Evraz on its credit rating and the refinancing of its $1.5 billion Pre-Export facility, advising Rolf Group on the restructuring of $500m bilateral bank facilities, a $250m Eurobond and disposal of 25% of Rolf Import to Mitsubishi Corporation, advising UC RUSAL on its $2.2 billion IPO on the Hong Kong and Euronext Paris Stock Exchanges and advising VTB Capital on raising €716m in project financing for the reconstruction of Pulkovo Airport.

Maria graduated from Webster University in Switzerland.

Vladimir Leyviman, Managing Director, has over seven years of experience in corporate finance and investment banking, and prior to joining Atlant Capital, he was a Director at Advance Capital. Before this, Vladimir was the Head of M&A at Comstar-UTS where he was responsible for the origination and execution of numerous M&A deals including the acquisitions of Stream TV ($250m), CTS Rostov-na-Donu ($170m), UTK ($48.5m), Intersvyaz ($10m), Sochitelecomservice ($1m), RTC ($25m), Penza Telecom ($20m), and Multiregion ($110m). Prior to Comstar-UTS, Vladimir worked at Sistema Telecom as a Project Manager in the investment department where he was responsible for organizational due diligence, valuation, and deal structuring and where he worked on the IPOs of Comstar-UTS and AFK Sistema. His previous experience also includes working at ING Barings Investment Banking in London.

Vladimir graduated from Webster University in Switzerland.

Mikhail Nefedov, Managing Director, has over 10 years of experience in finance and wealth management. Prior to joining Atlant Capital, Mikhail held the position of Vice President at AFK Sistema where he was responsible for the setup and launch of an investment fund that operated on the global capital markets. His duties included assembling a team of portfolio managers, developing the investment strategies and focus areas for the fund and overseeing all aspects of the daily investment activities. Previous to this, Mikhail held different positions at Citigroup mainly working with HNWI, where he built and managed a substantial portfolio of clients and became one of the top relationship managers in Russia.

Mikhail graduated from Arizona State University in the USA with a degree in finance.

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