ESG: A Closer Look at the Russian Mining Industry

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The coronavirus has brought workforce management and other social sustainability issues into the limelight, all of which have been highly disruptive to companies around the world. Panelists explore the changes companies have implemented to respond to the crisis, and how they maintain long-term priorities even as the main focus is on short-term crisis response and the outlook for the post-coronavirus recovery in the sector.

Moderator: Charles Bond

Partner, Head of Natural Resources (UK), Gowling WLG

As a corporate finance partner Charles Bond is always on the lookout to help his clients develop their business, whether through the investment of equity capital, a merger, or through acquisition. Clients in the mining sector and in the oil and gas sector benefit from his wide network of connections across the globe to source new money and find growth opportunities.

Charles brings considerable experience to every transaction, having spent ten years as a corporate lawyer within a major international London-based law firm, before heading to a leading equity capital markets and M&A team.

Charles also acts for large private, UK and international companies advising family shareholders, notably AGR, the Assaubayev family company.

Tania Tchadaeva

Director, Corporate Governance, Polymetal International

Polymetal International plc is a leading precious metals producer in Russia and a leading gold producer in Kazakhstan.

Ms Tchedaeva joined Polymetal in 2011 as Company Secretary prior to its IPO on London Stock Exchange. Her expertise includes structuring, implementing and supervising the best corporate governance practices, including compliance with the UK Corporate Governance Code, Bribery Act, Listing Rules, etc. Ms Tchedaeva is a graduate of London Business School (MSc in Finance) and Moscow State Linguistic University (Diploma in Linguistics). She is a Fellow of ICSA: The Governance Institute.

Alexander Rozhetskin

Head of Sustainable Business, Petropavlovsk plc

Petropavlovsk plc is a London-based gold mining company with operations in Russia.

Alexander joined Petropavlovsk in March 2020 as Head of Sustainable Business. Prior to that, he was responsible for the fundamental credit analysis of companies in emerging markets at the French asset management company AXA Investment Managers. There, he was a member of various ESG committees and work groups, where he participated in the development of an internal model for assessing ESG risks, validating and maintaining lists of internal investment prohibitions and investments in green bonds. As a member of the footprint committee, he also participated in evaluating corporate engagement processes.

Prior to AXA IM, Alexander worked for such global investment banks as HSBC and UniCredit, in the role of the publishing corporate credit research analyst, responsible for compiling detailed individual and industry-wide reports and for communicating with a wide community of bond investors.

Vladimir Zaluzhsky

Head of the Communications and Investor Relations Department, Severstal

Severstal is a vertically integrated steel and steel-related mining company with major assets in Russia as well as investments in other regions.

Vladimir Joined Severstal as head of IR in 2010. Previously was head of communications at a Scandinavian private equity fund Mint Capital. Since 2010 have strongly modernized the IR function of Severstal to increase transparency, reposition the company’s investment profile, as a result raising investor and professional community recognition. In December 2015, was promoted to the role of head of communications and IR to cover in addition to IR, also PR and Internal Communications. From 2003 to 2006, held the position of Deputy Head of the Communications Department at Mechel, a NYSE-listed Russian mining company, where focused on both IR and PR. Graduate of the Moscow Linguistic University and the Russian Finance Academy. In 2013, completed Strategic Investment Management program at the London Business School. Holds a CIR certificate from the UK IR Society since 2015. Member of the Moscow Stock Exchange’s Committee of Issuers.