Kyiv, 10 November 2017 - ICU, an independent asset management firm specialising in Central and Eastern Europe, is pleased to announce sponsorship of the CFA Institute Research Challenge in Ukraine 2018, an annual competition that promotes best practices in equity research among the next generation of analysts in Ukraine.
The challenge is run in collaboration with the CFA Society Ukraine which unites more than 200 representatives of the investment professionals within the country. The organization is non-governmental, non-for-profit, run by volunteers and part of the worldwide network of Chartered Financial Analysts (CFA) societies that are member societies of the CFA Institute.
Each student participant in the competition will be tested on their analytic, valuation, report writing and presentation skills and gain invaluable work experience in the role of a research analyst through hands-on mentoring and intensive training.
ICU’s sponsorship is part of the firm’s ongoing commitment to supporting initiatives that promote best practice in the next generation of financial services professionals in Ukraine.
Makar Paseniuk, Managing Partner, ICU, said:
“We are pleased to sponsor this year’s CFA Institute Research Challenge. We are proud to support initiatives that promote the ongoing development of the next generation of finance professionals. If Ukraine is to continue on the path of building a stable, fair and prosperous future, it is crucial that we support educational initiatives that instil best practice in our future leaders.”
ICU is an independent asset management, private equity and investment advisory firm specialising in the emerging markets of Central and Eastern Europe.
Founded in 2006 by senior investment professionals from ING, ICU is Ukraine's leading asset manager. ICU currently manages over $400m in assets. Since 2010 ICU’s flagship CIS Opportunities Fund has delivered returns exceeding 16 percent per year, net of fees, versus less than 1% annual returns for the HFRI Emerging Markets Russia/Eastern Europe Index over the same period.
ICU’s veteran investment team has experience in private equity, high yield corporate debt, distressed debt, restructurings and other special situations across a number of emerging markets. Investment decisions are supported by robust macroeconomic and sectoral analyses from the in-house team of research economists.
ICU aims to provide its clients with superior risk-adjusted returns across a number of asset classes. The firm is expanding its reach into key European markets via a combination of organic growth and acquisition and continues to expand the range its investment offerings.
About CFA Society Ukraine
CFA Society Ukraine is the Ukrainian Society of Investment Professionals that unites more than 200 representatives of the investment profession within the country. The organization is non-governmental, non-for-profit, run by volunteers and is part of the worldwide network of Chartered Financial Analysts (CFA) societies that are member societies of CFA Institute.
The Society is governed by the Board of Directors that comprises people with significant experience in the relevant activities, including representatives of the leading Ukrainian and international companies and institutions. Daily Society operations are managed by the Executive Officers team.
The Mission of CFA Society Ukraine is to bring value to its members and the community by leading the investment profession in Ukraine through setting the highest standards of ethics, education, and professional excellence. CFA Ukraine key objectives are to create a local investment professional network, to provide comprehensive continuous educational opportunities, to provide career development and job placement opportunities for its members, to increase awareness in Ukraine about CFA Program and CFA designation as the global standard for investment profession, to enhance implementation of CFA Institute principals of ethics, education and professional excellence within the investment industry in Ukraine.
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