Altimo

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Altimo
Private
Industry Private Equity
Predecessor Alfa
Founded 2004
Headquarters Moscow, Russia
London, United Kingdom
Key people
Alexey Reznikovich, CEO
Total assets $35 billion
Website www.altimo.org and [1]

Altimo (alt. Alfa Telecom International Mobile) is the telecoms investment arm of Russia's Alfa Group Consortium, controlled by Russian oligarch Mikhail Fridman. Altimo investee companies operate in Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tadjikistan, Bangladesh, Georgia, Turkey, and Beirut, Lebanon; it holds stakes in VimpelCom, MegaFon, Kyivstar, and Turkcell.[1] Together, Altimo's investee companies have more than 150 million mobile phone subscribers.[citation needed] . Altimo Holdings & Investments Ltd. is a British Virgin Islands company. A majority of its shares are owned by CTF Holdings, a Gibraltar limited liability company, whose sole shareholder is Crown Finance Foundation, a Liechtenstein foundation.[2]

Since its formation in 2004, Altimo has been involved in numerous conflicts with all its main partners in each of the four companies which form the backbone of its investments. These conflicts have resulted in what Judge Lynch of the United States District Court, Southern District of New York described as a "brazen history of collusive and vexatious litigation . . . used to avoid compliance with their legal obligations".[3]

In November 2005, Altimo acquired a 13.2% stake in Turkcell, the largest Turkish mobile phone operator. This acquisition was the subject of considerable controversy due to doubt whether the Turkish Group Cukurova was in violation of a shareholders agreement it had in place with TeliaSonera, the other major shareholder in Turkcell. Altimo was also engaged in a dispute with TeliaSonera over MegaFon at the time of this transaction.

Altimo's efforts (2008) to expand into India met with a rebuff when the home ministry observed that Altimo and its parent company, Alpha, have a "tainted background".[4]

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  1. ^ "Alfa - The leading mobile operator in Lebanon - شبكة المحمول الأولى في لبنان". alfa.com.lb. 
  2. ^ "sc_13da.htm". sec.gov. 
  3. ^ Guy Chazan, "Telecoms case shows Fridman’s taste for combat", Financial Times (March 5, 2015). Retrieved 21 July 2016.
  4. ^ Joji Thomas Philip, "Russian telco Altimo's past to haunt India plans", The Economic Times (Aug 12, 2008). Retrieved 21 July 2016.

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