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Societe Generale Private Banking strengthens its structure for Russian clients

Societe Generale Private Banking is strengthening its teams dedicated to wealthy Russian clients by recruiting 8 new private bankers and creating a “Russian Clientele” department in Zurich. This enhances the overall structure that the private bank has put in place to respond even better to the specific requirements of this international clientele.

Societe Generale Private Banking’s teams of advisors are located in the Geneva and Zurich offices and now comprise 28 staff exclusively dedicated to this client line.

In Zurich, the new team is made up of Avy Burstin and Yuri Smelyanskiy, who have been appointed Manager and Deputy Manager, respectively, of the “Russian Clientele” department, together with private bankers Natalya Clemen, Iryna Semenets, Giancarlo Antonucci and Christopher Delsman.

In Geneva, 2 new private bankers, Victoria Arsene-Calugaru and Dmitriy Luzanov, have also reinforced the Russian Clientele department.

These teams report to Jean-Gabriel Arqueros, Global Market Manager for Russian Clients, who is based in Geneva and responsible for the service offering for this clientele.

Societe Generale Private Banking offers wealth management solutions which meet the international requirements of a demanding Russian clientele through the transverse organisation of its products and services offering. The Russian client line has teams of private bankers in Geneva, Zurich, London, Monaco and Singapore.

The recruitment of highly qualified professionals contributes to the growth and development objectives of Societe Generale Private Banking and illustrates its constant commitment to providing a high level of service quality to all its clients.

Avy Burstin, 37, started his career in 1997 as a manager at the Republic National Bank of New York (London) for Central and Eastern European clients. From 1998 to 2004, he held various positions at Kredietbank (Luxembourg), prior to becoming a Team Leader in the Institutional Asset Management department.

From 2004, he worked for UBS Wealth Management in Zurich, where he was Director for Russian and Central Asian clients, and then Executive Director.In 2010, he joined Societe Generale Private Banking to develop the private banking activities for its Russian clientele.

Avy Burstin holds a degree from the Institute of Political Studies in Strasbourg, a Masters from the London School of Economics, and an Executive MBA in finance from the Chicago Graduate School of Business. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).