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Business leaders Investment Forum
31 March 2009
Nizhny Novgorod Hotel OKA Gagarina street, 27
Press release
Business leaders Investment Forum
On March 31 the second Business Leaders Investment Forum took place. This time it was held in the Oka hotel in Nizhny Novgorod. The forum was organized by Nizhny Novgorod-based consulting company Marchmont Capital Partners under the official support of London Stock Exchange.
The forum official sponsor was international company KPMG (Moscow).
Supplier of vending machines and professional coffee-machines Professional and Vending Machines (Moscow), Finance Group (Nizhny Novgorod), consulting company INTALEV (Nizhny Novgorod) and Investment Fund the U.S. Russia Center for Entrepreneurship (Nizhny Novgorod) acted as the forum sponsors.
The forum agenda was very busy and dynamic covering over 20 speeches.
By tradition the forum kicked off with a plenary session. The Head of Office of the Federal Antimonopoly Service for Nizhny Novgorod region, Mikhail Teodorovich, gave his assessment of the current state of the regional economy and thanked the forum organizer for trying to solve acute problems of SMEs in the region. Council Chief of Delovaya Rossiya – Nizhny Novgorod region, Pavel Solodky, also thanked Principal Manager of Marchmont, Kendrick White, for his professionalism and arranging business meetings at the high level.
For the first time the Nizhny Novgorod forum was visited by a special guest and Marchmont's partner, Jon Edwards, Senior Manager CEE in International Business Development, London Stock Exchange. Mr Edwards believes that in changing economical conditions Russian business can prepare for public offering and need to do it as proactive approach towards IPO today will provide success in after-crisis times in future.
Regional case-studies reasonably aroused interest in the audience. Business School Green City, Collective Actions company, TNT Express Worlwide, SUNRISE PRO and Group of companies Radiosystems shared their life examples of building strategies in regions, carrying out anti-crisis programs and cooperating with investors.
The second part of the forum was dedicated to sources of investment. The audience was presented speeches by NBD Bank (Nizhny Novgorod), UBP Bank (Geneva), investment funds and associations Quadriga Capital Investment Fund (Nizhny Novgorod), Startovye Investitsii (Nizhny Novgorod), East Kommerts (Moscow) as well as stock exchanges London Stock Exchange and MICEX-Povolzhye.
The event was rounded off by the buffet dinner and live music played by Regional Head for Russia and Eastern Europe for Union Bancaire Privee (UBP), Gregg Robins. The guests and participants were able to mix up in an informal atmosphere. Overall, more than 120 people attended the forum, including directors and top managers of leading companies in Nizhny Novgorod and Moscow, spokesmen for science organisations, experts of large international companies as well as representatives of influential regional media: Delovoy Kvartal, Vedomosti, Delovaya Nedelya, Birzha and others.
The event organisation and content received a high appraisal from the participants and guests.
For the first time at the forum you could hear live music played by special guest Gregg Robins:

9.00 – 9.45 Registration, welcoming coffee

09.45 – 10.20 Plenary session

  • Introduction & welcoming Kendrick White, general director Marchmont Capital Partners, Nizhny Novgorod
  • Valery Shantsev, Governor, Administration of Nizhny Novgorod region
  • Pavel Solodky, coordinator of Delovaya Rossiya - Privolzhsky Federal District
  • Dmitry Krasnov, President Nizhny Novgorod Chamber of Commerce
  • Jon Edwards, Senior Manager CEE, International Business Development, London Stock Exchange
  • Daniel Strischevsky, Associate Director with the Strategy Group, part of Transaction Services, KPMG Russia, Moscow

10.20 – 12.00 Session 1: How to take advantage of the crisis to improve your company efficiency
Moderator: Oleg Elshin, executive director, East Kommerts, Moscow

  • Maximizing enterprise value in deflationary environment - Konstantin Pigalov, Director of Consulting department Marchmont Capital Partners, Nizhny Novgorod
  • Management quality system as a way of growing company capitalization - Ivan Selivanov, director Group Finance, Moscow
  • Actual ways of strategic business planning in crisis times - Daniel Strischevsky, Associate Director with the Strategy Group, part of Transaction Services KPMG, Moscow
  • Forming efficient marketing strategy of the company - Mikhail Treyvish, Chairman of the Management Board, National Factoring Company, Moscow
  • How to develop business strategy in crisis times – Sergey Lyvov, director, Intalev, Nizhny Novgorod
  • Q&A Panel

12.00 – 12.20 Coffee-break

12.20 – 14.00 Session 2: Companies practical experience of restructuring and forming strategic partnerships
Moderator: Vassily Kozlov, rector, Business school “Green City”

  • Case-study 1: Strategy of "Dzerzhinskoye orgsteklo", company in the changing environment - Yury Malov, general director “Collective actions” company, Nizhny Novgorod
  • Case-study 2: Key strategy lessons: matching the size of the company with growth dynamics and external - Alexander Mokeev, director TNT Express Worldwide, Nizhny Novgorod
  • Case-study 3: Breaking into interregional and federal markets: new strategies and opportunities – Anna Shevchenko, general director, SUNRISE PRO, Nizhny Novgorod
  • Case-study 4: Alexander Terentyev, owner, Group of companies “Radiosystems”, Nizhny Novgorod
  • Q&A Panel

14.00 – 15.00 Lunch

15.00 – 16.15 Session 3: part 1: Sources of investment: From Start-ups to the Public Markets
Moderator: Eduard Fiyaksel, Professor of Higher School of Economics, President of Business Angels Association, Nizhny Novgorod

  • Expansion financing in high technology – Kendrick White, general director «Marchmont Capital Partners», Nizhny Novgorod
  • Role of credits for small and mid-cap businesses in a new environment - Alexander Sharonov, Chaiman of the Board, NBD Bank, Nizhny Novgorod
  • Private equity investment - Alexander Savinov, Director of Quadriga Capital Investment Fund, Nizhny Novgorod
  • Balanced portfolios and long-term investing - Gregg Robbins, Regional Head, Russia & Eastern Europe for Union Bancaire Prive (UBP) Bank, Geneva
  • 16.00 – 16.15 Q&A Panel

16.15 – 16.30 Coffee-break

16.30 – 17.45 Session 3: part 2: Sources of investment: From Start-ups to the Public Markets
Moderator: Jon Edwards, Senior Manager CEE, International Business Development, London Stock Exchange

  • AIM: myths and reality. AIM opportunities for Russian companies – Oleg Elshin, executive director East Kommerts, Moscow
  • Restructuring holdings for investment purposes: influence of crisis – Igor Basargin, managing partner, Incor Alliance Law Office, Moscow
  • Attracting investment with stock exchange mechanism, MICEX
  • Q&A Panel

18.00-21.00 Cocktail with champagne

Registration fee: 5000 rub. with VAT included
Corporate discount: 5-10% for over 2 participants from the same company

To register:
- N.Novgorod tel.: 8 (831) 419 45 65 (ext.141, 129)
- e-mail: and

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