VimpelCom's acquisition of URS affirmed by Appeals Court
Moscow and New York (June 25, 2007) — Open Joint Stock Company "Vimpel-Communications" ("VimpelCom" or the "Company") (NYSE: VIP), today announced that the Court of Appeals affirmed the December 14, 2006 ruling of the Moscow Arbitration Court in favor of VimpelCom in one of the claims by Telenor East Invest AS.
VimpelCom is satisfied with the order of the court which once again denies Telenor’s claim challenging the acquisition of CJSC “Ukrainian Radio Systems” (“URS”) and seeking to unwind the acquisition.
An appeal of today's ruling may be filed with the Federal Arbitration Court.
The VimpelCom Group includes companies operating in Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Georgia and Armenia. The VimpelCom Group's GSM and 3G license portfolio covers a territory with a population of about 250 million. This includes the entire territories of Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Georgia and Armenia. VimpelCom was the first Russian company to list its shares on the New York Stock Exchange ("NYSE"). VimpelCom's ADSs are listed on the NYSE under the symbol "VIP".
This press release contains "forward-looking statements”, as the phrase is defined in Section 27A of the Securities Act and Section 21E of the Exchange Act. These statements relate to the possible appeal of the court ruling described above. There can be no assurance that Telenor will not appeal the ruling or that such ruling, if appealed, will not be overturned on appeal. In addition, there can be no assurances that additional claims will not be made by Telenor or other third parties regarding the Company’s acquisition of URS or other matters. In the event a decision unfavorable to the Company becomes binding in any court cases, including a decision for monetary damages and/or to unwind the URS acquisition, it could have an adverse effect on the Company, its business, its expansion strategy and its financial results. Certain additional factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those discussed in any forward-looking statements include the risks described in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 20-F for the year ended December 31, 2006 and other public filings made by the Company with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, which risk factors are incorporated herein by reference. The Company disclaims any obligation to update developments of these risk factors or to announce publicly any revision to any of the forward-looking statements contained in this press release, or to make corrections to reflect future events or developments.
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