Training on Forecasting May 14–15

ACRA to host a round table on structured finance methodology in partnership with Moscow Exchange

On May 24, 2017, the Analytical Credit Rating Agency (ACRA) will host a round table entitled “ACRA Structured Finance Methodology: Key Principles and Features” on the premises of Moscow Exchange. The round table will outline the contents and principles of the methodology for assigning credit ratings to structured finance instruments and obligations under the national scale of the Russian Federation, the draft of which is unveiled on the ACRA website

The event will be organized in the wake of collecting feedback from market participants with regards to the draft version of the methodology. In her opening statement, ACRA CEO Ekaterina Trofimova will elaborate on the Agency’s core operating principles and short-term plans.

Igor Zelezetsky, Managing Director and Head of the Structured Finance Instrument Ratings Group at ACRA, will make a presentation on the basics of credit rating assignment to structured finance instruments and obligations, and will provide details of the unique integrated modelling platform called “Global Rating Analyzer for Structured Products” (GRASP) and created in the course of drawing up the draft methodology. Anton Shishov, Managing Director and Head of the Methodology Group at ACRA, will focus on the differences between the methodology for assigning credit ratings to structured finance instruments and obligations and other ACRA methodologies.

Karl Johansson, Chairman of the Board of Directors at ACRA, will round up the event.

“We strive to meticulously suit the needs of market participants while developing our methodological framework. The new ACRA methodology on structured finance ratings is a brand new product rooted in best international practices, but accommodating regional and industrial specifics of the Russian financial markets,” said Ekaterina Trofimova.

“After a year and a half of intense efforts, ACRA has provided the market with a critically important structured finance rating framework, which firstly includes a methodology for analyzing a broad array of structured finance transactions, secondly encompasses an integrated world-class modelling platform, and thirdly brings forward a team of professionals capable of providing quality analytical services, which the market is in dire need of. We will continue to consistently reinforce each of these components to ensure accuracy, timeliness and stability of ACRA ratings,” added Igor Zelezetsky.

The round table will take place in the “Red Square” hall of Moscow Exchange at 4/7, Bld 1, Vozdvizhenka Str., Moscow, with registration of participants starting at 9:30. To take part, participants are welcome to register on the Moscow Exchange website (

ACRA also continues to conduct regular credit analysis trainings and is currently offering enrollment into its September 19-20, 2017 course on the fundamentals of credit analysis of structured finance transactions. All participants will be issued certificates of completion. Cost is RUB 60,000 plus VAT per person. The full list of ACRA trainings is available at To sign up, please contact Irina Chikleeva via phone +7 (495) 139 0480, ext. 116, or at

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