Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Ukrainian Finance Minister is a PEU


Vice President Joe Biden recently visited Ukraine telling President Petro Poroshenko that he needed to form a new government "within days, not weeks."  Disclosure:  Biden's son Hunter sits on the Board of Directors of Burisma, Ukraine's largest gas producer.  Thus, it would be helpful to appoint Western oriented cabinet members.

Poroshenko's party proposed three foreigners (to his new cabinet):  Natalie Jaresko, a U.S. citizen, for finance minister, Lithuanian Aivaras Abromavicius for economics minister and Georgian Alexander Kvitashvili for health minister. Poroshenko granted them Ukrainian citizenship yesterday, hours before the parliamentary vote that approved the appointments.

Ukraine's new finance minister is a private equity underwriter (PEU), having co-founded Horizon Capital.  Jaresko served as President of Western NIS Enterprise Fund, capitalized with $150 million in U.S Government funds.

WNISEF is managed by Horizon Capital, a private equity fund manager that originates and manages investments in mid-cap companies with outstanding growth and profit potential in Ukraine and Moldova. 

The Lithuanian works at Swedish investment firm East Capital and the Georgian oversaw the large scale privatization of his country's health care system.  It sounds like a corporafornication paradise.

Update 12-5-14:  NakedCapitalism ran a piece on Jaresko.   The success Horizon Capital claims for its funds appears not to have been reported in the lossmaking years, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2012. In the only two years which Jaresko managed in the black, 2007 and 2011, the net gains reported were $1.8 million and $401,662, respectively.