Anton has over 16 years of investment banking experience focusing on telecommunications, media and technology (TMT) at Morgan Stanley and Deutsche Bank. He also has 6 years of venture capital experience at Inventure Partners. From 2007 to 2012 Anton led the TMT industry practice in the investment banking department of Morgan Stanley in Moscow.
Anton covers the Transportation/Mobility, Logistics and FinTech sectors. He has in-depth experience in M&A and capital markets transactions, including such notable transactions as VimpelCom Ltd exchange offer ($23Bn), reorganization of Rostelecom ($21Bn), IPOs of ComstarUTS, CTC Media, Rambler, Mail.ru Group, Yandex and a private placement for Ozon.
He believes the Transportation/Mobility space is presently undergoing major technological changes, which will have profound effects on capacity utilisation, ownership, autonomy and ecological imprint of vehicles. The financial sector, including banks and insurance companies, traditionally has been very non-transparent in terms of fees and pricing. Technology helps to disintermediate the financial services industry and make it more accessible and affordable to both consumers and businesses.
What sector do you think will see spectacular growth in the next ten years?
AI or Industrial revolution 4.0. Algorithms rule the world!
What market leading start-up do you most admire?
Uber, for its effect on the digitisation of the previously analogue taxi industry and its leading, global role in the creation of the on-demand services industry.
What’s your main business goal?
To build a sustainable global alternative asset management business with a professional multi-national team and broad institutional investor base. A team that empowers entrepreneurs to make the world a better and happier place.
What qualities do you most admire in other people?
Wisdom, curiosity, focus/persistence, passion, integrity.
If you could share any wisdom with a budding entrepreneur, what would it be?
ABC = Always Be Closing! Entrepreneurs shouldn’t fear uncertainty, as it also brings opportunity in its wake.
What’s your favourite thing to do when you’re not working?
Reading, fishing, biking.
What’s your greatest life achievement so far?
I have helped build a strong VC brand in Russia, which is now among the Top-5 Russia-based VC firms, according to independent surveys.