The team of the Verny Capital Group is headed by four partners, three of whom are company founders. The Group's management team has outstanding investment and sectorial experience, as well as a successful history of collaboration with portfolio companies.
Deputy General Director, Partner
Financial Director, Partner
Deputy General Director for Investments
Responsible for overall management of the Verny Capital Group.
Prior to the foundation of Verny Capital, he served as Deputy Director General of the ATF Group Holding Company in Kazakhstan, which managed the non-financial assets of ATF Group and was responsible for corporate finance and investment activities related to non-financial assets.
Yerlan Ospanov also worked several years at Narodnyi Bank where he became Deputy Director of the bank’s treasury operations. For three years, he also managed GRK Balkhas’s gold trading, processing and refining and short-term pre-export financing operations.
He graduated from Moscow State Technical University named after Bauman, Department of “Robotics”. He also received a degree in Finance and Credit from KIMEP University and an MBA from the University of International Business (Almaty).
Married, father of three children.
Lawyer – legal scholar with nearly 30-years of experience in the public and private sectors in Kazakhstan. Supervises regulatory, legal and general issues related to the Group and to its projects under management. He is also a member of the management body (Board of Directors) of a number of the Group’s companies.
Before the foundation of Verny Capital, he was Deputy CEO of the ATF Group, responsible for legal oversight, support and structuring of all aspects of the investment activities of the group. Earlier, Garik Mikaelyan headed the legal department of Alfa-Bank in Kazakhstan and held top-management positions in private companies. Before entering the financial legal world, he worked in the Prosecutor’s Office of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
He graduated with a degree in Jurisprudence from the Kazakh State University named after Kirov (now - Al -Farabi Kazakh State University).
Married and has a son.
A specialist in corporate finance with over 20-years of experience working with local and international businesses.
He joined the Verny Capital team in March 2007 and currently supervises all financial and investment matters for the Group and its companies. Fedor Popandopulo previously worked as Regional CFO for Eureka (Gold) Mining PLC, where he managed the full range of issues related to accounting, taxation and financing. Mr. Popandopulo participated in organization and executing the Eureka Mining PLC’s IPO, as well as he was also regional Finance Director of Celtic Resources Holdings PLC. Prior to these assignments, he worked for several years in the foreign subsidiaries of Normandy Mining and GoldBelt Resources, where he was chief accountant and financial director for both companies.
He graduated with honors from the Moscow Agricultural Academy (University) with a degree in economics.
Married and has a daughter.
He has 18 years of experience in private equity and M&A in the CIS. Joined the team of Verny Capital in November 2012. Previously headed the M&A department of Ernst & Young in the CIS. Between 2008-2009, he managed Morgan Stanley’s Kazakhstan representative office.
From 1995 to 1998, he worked for Arthur Andersen, advising international companies with tax planning, project structuring and financial planning.
Graduated from the Tashkent State Economic University, majoring in International Economics and has an MBA degree from the A.B. Freeman Business School of Tulane University, Louisiana, USA.
Married, father of three children.