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Bankers and Bolsheviks: International Finance and the Russian Revolution


BNPP Asset Management

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11/12/2018 18:15

End Time

11/12/2018 21:00


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BNPP Asset Management​​

14 rue Bergère

75009, PARIS

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​Following an unprecedented economic boom fed by foreign investment, the Russian Revolution triggered the worst sovereign default in history. Bankers and Bolsheviks tells the dramatic story of this boom and bust, chronicling the forgotten experiences of leading financiers of the age.

Shedding critical new light on the decision making of the powerful personalities who acted as the gatekeepers of international finance, Hassan Malik narrates how they channeled foreign capital into Russia in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. While economists have long relied on quantitative analysis to grapple with questions relating to the drivers of cross-border capital flows, Malik adopts a historical approach, drawing on banking and government archives in four countries. The book provides rare insights into the thinking of influential figures in world finance as they sought to navigate one of the most challenging and lucrative markets of the first modern age of globalization.

In his talk, Malik will discuss the key findings from his research, which included extensive work in French banking archives. He will also discuss the relevance of financial history to contemporary investment, drawing on his experience as a practitioner and investment strategist focusing on Emerging Markets and Europe.

“A highly readable tale of one of history’s biggest booms and busts, with valuable perspective for contemporary investors.”

— Emmanuel Roman, CEO, PIMCO

“This is an original and illuminating contribution to a literature that has devoted far more attention to the revolutionaries than to the capitalist system they overthrew.”

— Niall Ferguson, Milbank Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford


​Hassan Malik is a financial historian and investment strategist. He studied history at the University of Chicago, and began his career as an equity analyst at J.P. Morgan in New York, before moving to Russia to work at Troika Dialog, then Russia’s largest investment bank. He was later an emerging markets macro analyst for Greenmantle, LLC and led Emerging Markets and European equity and currency strategy at the Ned Davis Research Group in London. 

He earned his PhD in financial history at Harvard University, and has held fellowships at the European University Institute in Florence and the Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse. Bankers and Bolsheviks is his first book. ​

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Economics; Fixed Income; Portfolio Management; Risk Management

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