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Liga: Khoroshkovsky buys Sberbank

The deal is to be closed in Q1 2018.

The former owner of the Ukrainian media holding Inter, Valeriy Khoroshkovsky, who has been living in Monaco since 2013, is expected to complete next year the acquisition of Sberbank, a Ukrainian subsidiary of Russian Sberbank.

LIGA.net quoted a bank source as saying that Khoroshkovsky intends to close the deal in Q1 2018.

It is expected that the new owner will change the bank's name and the head office.

The National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) and the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine told LIGA.net that they have not yet received documents from the potential buyer.

In September, the NBU said a new potential buyer was eyeing Sberbank.

Ukrainian Sberbank is a subsidiary of the namesake government-owned Russian bank. PJSC Sberbank with assets running over 40bn hryvnyas was the largest bank with Russian capital in Ukraine.

In March 2017, Russian Sberbank said it was considering pulling out of Ukraine because of the sanctions imposed by Kyiv.

In a short while, Russian businessmen Grigoriy Guselnikov and Said Gutseriev said they wanted to purchase Ukrainian Sberbank. In late July, the NBU Committee on Bank Oversight and Regulation of Payment Systems rejected their offer.

A Belarusian businessman and investor, Viktor Prokopenya (Viktar Prakapenya), was also interested in Sberbank but later withdrew his application from the NBU.