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Sofemi Group was established in Dubai, UAE (as a family office) to manage investments in various fields including private equity, capital markets (equities & fixed income) late-stage venture capital, and real estate

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Sherzod Iskanderovich Yusupov is an Uzbek-born businessman



Sherzod Yusupov is a financier with over 20 years of experience in Investment Banking & Advisory. A national of Uzbekistan, he has resided in the UK, Spain, Russia, and currently resides in the UAE.

Previously, Sherzod held various managerial positions at UniCredit Group. During his Investment Banking career Sherzod has participated in numerous M&A and capital raising transactions for combined value of over USD 6 bln. 

Before joining UniCredit Group, Sherzod has worked at Roland Berger, providing consulting to multinational companies, banks and private equity groups on topics ranging from operational and financial restructuring to strategy, efficiency and M&A. 

Sherzod has later evolved as an entrepreneur having set up his own investment banking & advisory business which participated in buyouts in banking. In 2015, together with his partners, he has acquired a loss making Uniastrum Bank (from the Bank of Cyprus) which underwent operational restructuring that lead to its sustainable profitability. In 2016 acquired 25% of shares in struggling Orient Express Bank (a retail bank with over 1000 branches) which later merged with Uniastrum Bank and benefited from cost synergies. Acquired shares in BRC Bank in 2016, that was transformed into an online only (ModulBank) for SME’s. 

Sherzod Yusupov successfully exited banking businesses  in 2020 and 2021: Modulbank shares sold in 2020 and strategic sale of Orient Express Bank took place in 2021.

Sherzod Yusupov and his wife Yana Klimova-Yusupova (renowned film director) are actively involved charitable work through multiple family charity funds that provide material support to schools in rural areas in Uzbekistan and educational programs and support to talented kids in orphanages.

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Sofemi Group actively manages a portfolio of investments in global capital markets, including equities and fixed income.


Sherzod Yusupov, as a founder of the Sofemi Group, selectively invests in late-stage tech/IT companies globally, with a primary focus on fintech.
Current investments of the Group include:

WeFox – the largest online insurtech company in Europe, which has reached a valuation of over USD 3 bn in 2021.


Other prominent investors include G squared, Mountain Partners, Merian, Horizon Ventures.

Kuda – the first mobile-only bank in Nigeria which has reached a valuation of over USD 500 mln in 2021.


Other prominent investors in Kuda include Piter Thiel (Paypal) and Target Global.

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Sofemi Real Estate Investments, specializes in investments in primary commercial real estate in dynamically growing countries of Central Asia


Shakhzod Ruzimov 

Head of Real Estate Assets

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Sherzod Yusupov and his wife Yana Klimova-Yusupova jointly remain as founders of family charitable fund Culture of Growth (БФ “Культура развития”) which is providing educational support to talented kids in orphanages in the Far East of Russia.

Currently, there are 78 kids across Khabarovks, Blagovechenks, and Vladivostok receiving tailored classes in different disciplines sponsored by the family charity fund.

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