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Sberbank is now awaiting the receipt of the consent of the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) on the sale of its Ukrainian «daughter» that will allow Russia’s largest Bank to complete the transaction and leave Ukraine, is emotionally very hard and will be a loss for both sides, said the head of Sberbank German Gref in an interview with CNBC.
«As for our situation in Ukraine and the crisis in Ukraine, we are very much invested in Ukraine, and forces and means, and built, in my opinion, the best Ukrainian Bank, as mentioned time and again the national Bank of Ukraine. And emotionally, we, of course, very hard to leave Ukraine, because there we have about 6 thousand of our employees, which over the last 10 years we have invested a lot of labor,» he said.
«But in the current situation we are forced to make a decision about the sale, and the transaction is not yet completed because we have not received the permission of the controller, but I hope that the solution we get. And while we don’t see our future job prospects. However, I think it will be a loss both for us and for Ukraine», — said the head of Sberbank.
Ukraine from March 23 of one year imposed sanctions against all five operating in Ukraine structures of the Russian state-owned banks: the Ukrainian Sberbank and VTB, «BM Bank» («granddaughter» VTB), Prominvestbank («daughter» VEB) and VS Bank («grandchild» of the savings Bank). They banned any financial transactions in favour of related persons, in particular, the parent structures.
Sberbank in late March announced the sale of 100% stake in its Ukrainian subsidiary to a consortium of investors — Latvian Norvik Banka and Belarusian private company. Norvik Banka was later informed that the majority shareholder of the consortium, which is acquiring the Ukrainian savings Bank, is said Gutseriev, the son of a prominent Russian businessman Mikhail Gutseriev.
The owner of Norvik banka Grigory Guselnikov reported that after completing the transaction, the former «daughter» of Sberbank will operate under its brand. In April, the NBU received the documents from said Gutseriev to the approval of a transaction for the purchase of 77.5% of its shares. Now received from Guselnikova and Gutseriev documents registered and pending before the controller.
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