The Russian energy and aluminum company EN+, which is controlled by a member of President Vladimir V. Putin’s circle of favored businessmen, said on Friday that it had raised $1.5 billion in an initial public offering seen as a major test of investors’ appetite for Russian assets.
The results of the listing were at the bottom end of EN+’s expectations, but the offering was nonetheless one of the largest by a Russian company since the Kremlin drew international condemnation and sanctions by annexing Crimea in 2014. It is also the latest sign that some investors have not been deterred by the steady drumbeat of allegations linking President Trump’s campaign to the Russian government.
The offering may draw attention for using the London Stock Exchange, where listing rules are less stringent than in New York, for a transaction that had the effect of funneling money to a Russian state bank that has faced …