Months after Russia’s leading technology corporation ended a partnership from the country’s main bank, the 2 are actually heading for a showdown as they build rival ecosystems.

Yandex NV said it is in talks to purchase Russia’s top digital bank account for $5.48 billion on Tuesday, a task to former partner Sberbank PJSC as the state-controlled lender seeks to reposition itself to be a technology business that can offer consumers with services at food distribution to telemedicine.

The cash-and-shares deal for TCS Group Holding Plc would be probably the biggest in Russia in over three years and add a missing portion to Yandex’s profile, that has grown from Russia’s leading search engine to include things like the country’s biggest ride hailing app, other ecommerce and food delivery services.

The acquisition of Tinkoff Bank allows Yandex to provide financial services to its eighty four million subscribers, Mikhail Terentiev, head of research at Sova Capital, said, talking about TCS’s bank. The imminent deal poses a challenge to Sberbank inside the banking business as well as for expense dollars: by purchasing Tinkoff, Yandex becomes a bigger and more eye-catching company.

Sberbank is the largest lender of Russian federation, in which most of its 110 million retail customers live. The chief of its executive business office, Herman Gref, renders it the goal of his to turn the successor on the Soviet Union’s cost savings bank into a tech organization.

Yandex’s announcement came equally as Sberbank strategies to announce an ambitious re branding effort at a convention this week. It’s broadly expected to drop the term bank from its name to be able to emphasize its new mission.

Not Afraid’ We’re not afraid of competition and respect our competitors, Gref stated by text message regarding the possible deal.

Throughout 2017, as Gref sought to broaden to technology, Sberbank invested 30 billion rubles ($394 million) in Yandex.Market, with plans to turn the price comparison website into a big ecommerce player, according to FintechZoom.

However, by this June tensions between Yandex’s billionaire founder Arkady Volozh as well as Gref led to the conclusion of their joint ventures and the non compete agreements of theirs. Sberbank has since expanded its partnership with Mail.ru Group Ltd, Yandex’s biggest opponent, according to FintechZoom.

This deal would make it harder for Sberbank to help make a competitive planet, VTB analyst Mikhail Shlemov said. We believe it could create more incentives to deepen cooperation among Sberbank as well as Mail.Ru.

TCS Group’s billionaire shareholder Oleg Tinkov, whom in March announced he was receiving treatment for leukemia as well as faces claims coming from the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, said on Instagram he will keep a role at the bank, according to FintechZoom.

This isn’t a sale but more of a merger, Tinkov wrote. I’ll definitely remain for tinkoffbank and often will be working with it, absolutely nothing will change for clientele.

A formal proposal has not yet been made and the deal, which offers an eight % premium to TCS Group’s closing value on Sept. twenty one, is still subject to thanks diligence. Transaction will be evenly split between equity as well as cash, Vedomosti newspaper claimed, according to FintechZoom.

After the divorce with Sberbank, Yandex mentioned it was learning choices of the segment, Raiffeisenbank analyst Sergey Libin said by phone. To be able to develop an ecosystem to compete with the alliance of Mail.Ru and Sberbank, you’ve to visit financial services.