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20 Apr 2023

Alexander Marrow, Reuters

Russia: Cybersecurity firm Group-IB finalises exit from market

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Cyber firm Group-IB finalises Russia split to spur global ambitions, 20 April 2023

Cybersecurity company Group-IB has finalised its exit from Russia, the group said...cutting ties with its original market in an effort to spur its global expansion ambitions...

Group-IB was once a feted symbol of Russia's home-grown tech industry and President Vladimir Putin awarded co-founder Ilya Sachkov with a business prize for young entrepreneurs in 2019. Its departure could be viewed as a sign of Russia's tech sector losing global competitiveness.

"Everything was fine, until the moment when the war started last year. Since that time it was really hard to actually explain why we still had Russian assets," Group-IB co-founder and CEO Dmitry Volkov told Reuters.

Already harbouring global ambitions, Group-IB moved its headquarters to Singapore in 2019. Staff who have left Russia since February last year have moved there as well as to Dubai and Thailand, where the company recently launched a technical hub.

Volkov has sold his 10% stake in the Russian company, Group-IB said in a statement. The stand-alone Russian business has been sold to local management and will be operating under the new brand F.A.C.C.T.

"All of Group-IB's research and development processes, along with the company's full stack of technologies and products, will be withdrawn from Russia," the group said...

His co-founder Sachkov was arrested on treason charges in 2021. He denies the charges and is awaiting trial. Group-IB said Sachkov had sold his 37.5% stake in the Singapore entity to members of top management there.

"The valuation of both transactions will remain undisclosed," Group-IB said.

Volkov and Konstantin Chigirev from the senior management team now own 60% in Group-IB, with the remainder distributed between two venture funds from Singapore and Cyprus. Sachkov is F.A.C.C.T.'s major shareholder.