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WASHINGTON/MILAN (CI GCA) – Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (NYSE:FCAU) CEO Sergio Marchionne is now setting his sights on a merger with South Korea’s automotive giant The Hyundai Motor Group while at the same time using China’s Great Wall Motor Co as a stalking horse, sources close to the situation said.
[Fiat Chrysler Automobiles FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne speaks to Capitol Intelligence/CI GCA using CI Glass at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC.]
It is understood that FCA CEO Marchionne began planting rumors of possible Chinese interest in FCA in June after being rebuffed first by General Motors (NYSE:GM) CEO Mary T. Barra and later by troubled Wolfsburg, Germany-based Volkwagen Group (ETR:VOW3).
Jim Trainor, a Hyundai spokesman in the United States, said the company does not comment on market rumors. HMG, world’s fifth largest automotive manufacturer, owns the Hyundai and KIA automotive brands that operates US manufacturing plants in Montgomery, Alabama (Hyundai Santa Fe,, Sonata and Elantra and KIA (Santa Fe, Sorento) in West Point, Georgia. Continue reading →
CERNOBBIO, Italy — (CI UKRAINE) -[Update on June 16, 2016 with Ukranian Prime Minister Volodmyr Groysman at National Press Club in Washington, DC]
Russia, Ukraine and the West are all in a “lose-lose” situation as Russia becomes increasingly economically isolated with the current crisis, Alexei Mordashov, owner and chief executive of Moscow- and London-listed OAO Severstal (LSE:SVST), said.
[Severstal CEO Alexey Mordashov speaks with Capitol Intelligence using CI Glass during the annual Forum Ambrosetti held at Villa D’Este in Cernobbio, Italy on September 5, 2014.]
Speaking to Capitol Intelligence shortly before the announcement of a ceasefire in the east of Ukraine, Mordashov described the ongoing conflict and the resulting cycle of mutual sanctions between the developed world and Russia as “lose-lose” for everyone. Continue reading →
WASHINGTON/WARSAW (CI Ukraine) — Westinghouse Electric Company President and Chief Executive Officer Daniel L. Roderick says the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based nuclear energy group could lose up to 50,000 jobs if Congress fails to renew the re-authorization for the US Export-Import Bank.
[Westinghouse Electric Company President and CEO Daniel L. Roderick speaks to Capitol Intelligence/CI Ukraine using CI Glass at The Hill newspaper’s America’s Nuclear Energy Future conference. Washington, DC. June 2, 2015]
Speaking to Capitol Intelligence/CI Ukraine at a conference in Washington, DC, Roderick said a potential USD 10bn contract to build a power plant in Poland will be placed in serious jeopardy if Congress fails to reauthorize EX-IM Bank as the contract can be easily awarded to French rival Areva (EPA: AREVA).
EX-IM supporters in the House and Senate hope to force through a 5-year EX-IM Bank re-authorization as a rider to the must pass by end-July US Highway re-authorization bill.
Roderick said that Westinghouse, as a nuclear energy group, is dependent on the EX-IM to win government-to-government contracts such as the one in Poland, nuclear fuel supply contracts in Ukraine and Kazakhstan and other nuclear energy deals in markets from Bulgaria to India.
KAZAN/CHICAGO (CI Greater Central Asia) – – The Russian autonomous Republic of Tatarstan is pushing hard to make its capital city of Kazan a new center of Islamic Finance of Russia and the region, Tatarstan President Rustam Minnikhanov said.
[Republic of Tatarstan President Rustam Nugaliyevich Minnikhanov answers question from Capitol Intelligence using CI Glass during news briefing at KazanSummit, Kazan, Tatarstan (Russia). June 15, 2015]
Answering a question from Capitol Intelligence/GCA at the KazanSummit between Russia and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), President Minnikhanov said his government is pushing through legislation in the Russian Duma. That would enable the issuance of Islamic financial instruments such as Sukuks on the Russian market.
As a concrete step towards bringing Islamic Finance to Russia, President Minnikhanov said that Tatarstan and the KazanSummit arranged a bilateral meeting between Russian Central Bank Governor Elvira Nabiullina and the President of the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) Dr. Ahmad Mohamed Ali Al-Madani.
ODESSA(CI Ukraine) – Criminal money, or business with interest in organized crime, is now seen as a driving force behind the riots and deaths in Odessa and elsewhere, Ukrainian and Western sources said.
[Capitol Intelligence films the Odessa riot and massacre as sole foreign journalist with CI Glass on May 2, 2014]
Today (May 2, 2014) in Odessa, a planned soccer match between the Kharkiv’sMetalistfootball team in eastern Ukraine and Odessa’sChornomoretsshattered the southern port city renowned for its multi-ethnic peace between Ukrainians, Russian ethnics and Jews, leading to more than 40 dead and hundreds injured.
WASHINGTON/KAZAN (CI Ukraine) — Fiat Chrysler’s chief executive Sergio Marchionne expressed significant concern over the Russian automotive market when asked about the expected impact of Crimea-related economic sanctions.
[Fiat Chrysler Chief Executive Sergio Marchionne speaking to Capitol Intelligence using CI Glass at Brookings Institution in Washington, DC]
Speaking to Capitol Intelligence Group at Brookings Institution in Washington, DC, Marchionne said that automakers “must be patient” regarding developments on the Russian auto market. The typically forthright Marchionne was unusually reserved when asked about the negative consequences the Ukraine crisis will have on the Russian market.
WARSAW/CERNOBBIO (CI Central Asia) —Veyseloglu Group, the privately-held Azerbaijan food and retail group, is open to approaches by private equity into its Ulduz Chocolate & Candy unit, Veyseloglu chief financial officer Ilgar Isayev said.
[Veyseloglu Group CFO Ilgas Isayev speaks to Capitol Intelligence using CI Glass at EBRD Annual meeting in Warsaw, Poland]
In an interview with Capitol Intelligence following the signing of a USD 9m loan from the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), Isayev said that the company would be willing to open the share capital of Ulduz to financial investors
WASHINGTON/WARSAW (CI Ukraine) — The United States Congress needs to expedite legislation allowing for the export of US LNG and crude to Europe and develop shale gas as the way to end Gazprom’s monopoly in Central and Eastern Europe, US House Foreign Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) said.
[US House Foreign Affairs Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) speaks to Capitol Intelligence using CI Glass at House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on Ukraine March 26, 2014]
In an interview with Capitol Intelligence, Royce said while it will take time for US LNG and crude oil exports to ease Central and Eastern Europe’s dependence on Russian gas, legislation allowing for such exports would have an immediate impact on worldwide energy prices.
HOUSTON/WASHINGTON(CI Ukraine)— (Update on March 13, 2015 with comments from ExxonMobil (NYSE: XOM) CEO Rex W. Tillerson) US Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), the ranking member of the Senate Energy Committee, said it was too early to speak about taking action on the wide ranging accords signed between US oil giantExxon Mobil Corp (NYSE: XOM)and Russia’s Rosneft (MCX: ROSN).
[US Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) speaks to Capitol Intelligence using CI Glass at IHS Ceraweek in Houston on March 3, 2014]
Speaking toCapitol Intelligence at the IHS CERAWEEK in Houston, Sen. Murkowski said current situation between Ukraine and Russia remains extremely volatile but warned that Exxon should proceed with “caution” in regards with its dealings with Rosneft.
TRIESTE (CI MENA) – Avelar Energy Group, the Zurich-based renewable energy company, is engaged in a preliminary study to determine whether to enter the Tunisian and North African renewable energy sector, Avelar chief executive officer Igor Akmerov said.
[Renova chairman Viktor Vekselberg speaks to Capitol Intelligence using CI Glass at Italo-Russia Summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Italian PM Enrico Letta]
Akhmerov said Tunisia and the North African markets of Libya and Algeria could offer interesting opportunities to the group owned by the Renova Group of Russia’s leading industrialist Viktor F. Vekselberg.