NDC General Meeting of Shareholders Elects New Director General

27 November 2009
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“The National Depository Center” (Closed Joint Stock Company) (NDC), Russia's only settlement depository servicing the full range of debt and equity securities of Russian issuers, announced today the election of Eddie Astanin as the company's new Director General. The appointment was approved by an extraordinary general meeting of shareholders held on 27 November.

Eddie Astanin said in his comments on the election: "NDC's shareholders have set the company's main development tasks for the short and long term in line with MICEX Group’s development strategy. It includes provision of high operational reliability in the course of integration of the NDC and MICEX Settlement House businesses, efficient resolution of corporate development issues connected with the integration, and dynamic technological progress providing for implementation of new settlement services either in the securities market or in the foreign exchange and precious metals markets." 

NDC's general meeting of shareholders approved the early termination of the authority of Nikolay Egorov, NDC Director General, based on his letter of resignation and in accordance with a decision of NDC's Board of Directors of 20 October, 2009 including this issue in the general meeting's agenda. The decision was made in line with the Russian regulator's prohibition on a credit institution chief holding overlapping posts in the future merged company (representing a credit institution). In connection with this Mr. Egorov, as a Senior Vice President and a member of the Executive Board of MICEX, will focus on the MICEX Group's strategic development including improvements at MICEX Group's operational and technological units.

NDC's shareholders also approved Deloitte & Touche CIS to conduct the RAS and IFRS audit.

Biography:

Eddie Astanin manages day-to-day NDC business processes, being responsible for corporate development, technologies, financial and administrative activity. Additionally, Mr. Astanin is elected to Boards of Directors of Settlement and Depository Company CJSC and Depository Clearing Company CJSC. Eddie Astanin joined NDC in 2004. From 1994 till 2004 he held different positions in MICEX, came his career way from the Head of trading organization office to the Director of Government Securities and Money Market Instruments Department. Mr. Astanin graduated from the Mozhaiskiy Military Engineering Krasnoznamenniy Institute (St. Petersburg) with diploma of honors and from the Finance Academy under the Government of the Russian Federation. Eddie Astanin is a Ph.D. in Technical Sciences. Married, has two children.

About NDC:

The National Depository Center (Closed Joint Stock Company) is the largest settlement depository in Russia, servicing the full range of debt and equity securities of Russian issuers. NDC provides storage of global certificates and depository accounting for 99% of corporate bond issues, sub-federal and municipal bond issues. It services 100% of transactions conducted in the federal bond and the Bank of Russia bond markets, more than 99% of transactions conducted in the corporate and regional bond markets, and more than 99% of stock exchange transactions with equities and OTC trades. The international rating agency Thomas Murray has assigned NDC an АА- rating as a central depository. NDC is Russia's national numbering agency, and the substituting numbering agency for the CIS, authorized to assign the international ISIN and CFI codes.

Among NDC’s shareholders are MICEX (50,1727% of shares), Bank of Russia (42,2997% of shares) as well as GPB (OJSC) (Gazprombank), Evrofinance Mosnarbank, ROSBANK (OJSC JSCB), JSC VTB Bank, Bank of Moscow, JSC Rossiyskiy Kredit Bank, Vnesheconombank, ING Bank (Eurasia) ZAO, JP Morgan Bank International LLC, ZAO UniCredit Bank, Deutsche Bank, and Sberbank. NDC has stakes in Depository Clearing Company CJSC (37.29%) and in Settlement Depository Company CJSC (28.54%).


For further information about NDC: www.ndc.ru, or NDC Public Affairs Division: +7 495 232 0910,

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