Business interviews – January 2012

In an interview with Kommersant on 1 February 2012, entitled “We hope that common sense will prevail“, Brunswick Rail CEO and managing partner Vladimir Lelekov explains why the company decided to expand its business interests from operational leasing of rolling stock after acquiring the operator Proftrans, which works with Magnitogorsk Iron & Steel Works (MMK), and almost doubling its fleet of rail cars.

He also comments on the profitability of the rail car leasing business at present, the monopoly held by Russian Railways in the sector and the steps that need to be taken.

In an interview with Kommersant (16 January 2012), MegaFon CEO Sergei Soldatenkov comments on the mobile operator’s strategy relating to the development of LTE in Russia and the prospects for an IPO of MegaFon, EBITDA multiples of targets considered by the operator prior to acquisitions, and also his plans for the future. He indicates that he is not interested in an appointment to the next Cabinet after the forthcoming presidential elections, preferring to continue working in business.