Charlie Ryan is a general partner with Almaz Capital as well as chairman of UFG Asset Management and a senior advisor to Deutsche Bank AG.
His professional career combines top-level expertise and deep knowledge of both Russian and international markets, and began in 1989 with CS First Boston where he was a financial analyst. From 1991 to 1994, Charlie was an Associate and Principal Banker with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in London. In 1994, he co-founded United Financial Group (UFG), and as Chairman and CEO steered UFG to become one of Russia’s leading investment companies. In 1996 UFG also founded UFG Asset Management. In 2006 Deutsche Bank acquired 100% of UFG’s investment banking business, and Charlie Ryan was appointed Chief Country Officer and CEO of Deutsche Bank Group in Russia. UFG Asset Management remained independent. In August 2008, Charlie stepped down as CCO and CEO of Deutsche Bank in Russia and became Chairman of UFG Asset Management. While he remains Senior Advisor to Deutsche Bank AG, his primarily executive role is running UFG Asset Management, which today is one of the leading alternative Russia-focused asset managers with over $1.8 billion of assets in hedge funds, private equity and real estate investments. UFG Asset Management is a strategic partner of Almaz Capital.
In 1998, Charles initiated the New Technology Group within UFG, which sponsored an early-stage technology investment company called Ru-net Holdings whose investments include Yandex, the #1 search engine in Russian language markets, and Ozon, the “Amazon.com of Russia”.
He graduated with honors in Government from Harvard College.