On 15 July 2008, the VTB Supervisory Council held its meeting at which Alexei L. Kudrin, Deputy Chairman of the Russian Government and Minister of Finance of the Russian Federation, was reelected Chairman of the VTB Supervisory Council.
The VTB Supervisory Council also considered and approved the Regulation on VTB Bank Information Policy and the Regulation on VTB Bank Dividend Policy.
The documents were developed within the framework of improving VTB Group's corporate governance according to the Code of Corporate Conduct recommended by the Federal Commission for Securities Markets (FFMS), and the VTB Code of Corporate Conduct, as well as international and Russian best practice in corporate governance.
The Regulation on VTB Bank Dividend Policy is aimed at putting in place a transparent and clear mechanism of dividend decision-making, disclosing the amount, payment procedure and schedule.
The VTB Bank Dividend Policy is based on the following key principles:
The Regulation on VTB Bank Information Policy is aimed at undertaking a range of actions to disclose information to VTB shareholders, potential investors, media representatives and professional entities in the securities markets. These actions will help strengthen the favourable image of VTB as a transparent company.
The VTB Bank Information Policy is based on the following principles:
The documents will be placed on the Bank's website.
In 2008, the Bank is set to further improve its corporate governance.
According to Andrey Kostin, President-Chairman of VTB Bank Management Board, "The documents approved today are strong evidence of the fact that VTB's activity is based on high international standards of corporate governance".
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JSC VTB Bank and its subsidiaries (the VTB Group or the Group) is a leading Russian banking group, offering a wide range of banking services and products across Russia, certain CIS countries and in selected countries of Western Europe, Asia and Africa.
As of December 31, 2007 the Group had a network of 583 branches located across Russia, comprised of 152 branches of VTB, 328 branches of VTB24 and 103 branches of VTB North-West. Outside of Russia, the Group operates through four subsidiary banks located in the CIS (Armenia, Georgia, Ukraine and Belarus), six subsidiary banks located in Europe (UK, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Cyprus), one subsidiary bank and one financial company in Africa (Angola, Namibia), and an associated bank in Vietnam. VTB also has a presence in Singapore through a branch of its UK subsidiary. VTB has operated under a full banking license, № 1000, from the Central Bank of the Russian Federation since 1990.
The Group's business franchise is in the areas of corporate, retail and investment banking. In corporate banking, the Group provides a broad range of commercial banking services and products including corporate lending, foreign trade transactions, syndicated loans, deposit and settlement services, as well as custody services, leasing and treasury services to large- and medium-sized corporations and financial institutions. In retail banking, VTB offers financial services, including deposit accounts, lending and certain ancillary services, to individuals and small-sized corporations. In investment banking it provides debt capital markets underwriting, project financing, merger and acquisition financing, advisory services, asset management and venture funds.
The Group had 35,945 employees as of December 31, 2007. The Government of the Russian Federation is VTB's main shareholder and owns, through the Federal Property Management Agency, 77.5 % of its registered share capital. For more information please visit www.vtb.com