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RBC buys bank for Internet payments

23 ноября 2007

Russia's OAO RBC Information Systems late Wednesday said it had acquired the Russian-based commercial bank Burg Capital Bank.

The purpose of the deal is to establish a fully fledged Internet payment system in Russia, whereby the bank will be used as a processing center. RBC said it has no plans to launch any traditional banking services on the basis of Burg Capital Bank.

Established in Moscow in August 1994, Burg Capital Bank is licensed to conduct banking operations with individuals and legal entities both in Russian rubles and foreign currencies, as well as brokerage and dealership activities.

Before its acquisition by RBC, the bank belonged to Swiss investors. The bank's book value stood at $8.8 million as of Oct. 1. On Nov. 20, an extraordinary shareholders' meeting at Burg Capital Bank decided to rename it RBC Bank as well as elect a new supervisory board, to which RBC received a majority vote.

The closing of the acquisition is subject to regulatory approval and until this time no further details of the deal can be disclosed.

"Only a very small percentage of consumers in Russia uses prepaid cards to buy products and services on the Internet, and an even smaller number of people use credit cards to make payments on the Internet for security reasons. That is why, unlike in the West, Russian Internet users order large purchases online, but usually pay in cash upon delivery," RBC's Chairman and Chief Executive German Kaplun said.

"However we strongly believe that the e-commerce market in Russia has enormous potential. By utilizing the bank's infrastructure, we plan to offer the market a reliable, convenient and user-friendly Internet payment system, which will make a dramatic change in Russia's e-commerce sector," Kaplun added.

Источник: Total Telecom

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