A UBS investment banker passed a message from a Russian government official to close associates of Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign and had contacts with other Russians during the transition, according to the new report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
The long-awaited report describes three separate occasions in which Robert Foresman, vice chairman of the Swiss company’s investment bank, had Trump-related contacts with Russians.
Foresman was formerly the head of Russian operations at Barclays, and spent much of his career living in Russia and Ukraine, but was hired by UBS to work from New York. He started at the bank in October 2016.
Foresman said that he had been asked by Anton Kobyakov, an adviser to Russian President Vladimir Putin, to see if Trump would speak at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum in June 2016. Kobyakov was also involved with the foundation that organized the St. Petersburg event, according to the special counsel’s report.
Robert Mark Foresman serves as Independent Director of PAO TMK since 2012. He is Deputy Chairman of UBS Investment Bank. His relevant experience includes Barclays Plc, Head of Barclays in Russia; President of Barclays Capital; formerly, a member of the Supervisory Board of Vnesheconombank’s VEB Capital, Deputy Chairman of the Management Board at Renaissance Capital, a member of the Supervisory Board of Evrofinance Mosnarbank, Chairman of the Management Committee for Russia and CIS at Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein, Head of Investment Banking for Russia and CIS at ING Barings. Worked for the International Finance Corporation on private equity transactions and project financing.
He graduated from Bucknell University (USA) in 1990 and Harvard University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in 1993. Obtained a certificate from Moscow Power Engineering Institute in 1989.