А7 CONFERENCES organized the I International Investment Forum and Road Show «Invest in Ukraine: Revealing the Potential» in New York, U.S.

А7 CONFERENCES organized the International Investment Forum & Road Show “Invest in Ukraine: Revealing the Potential” which was held on June 10-13, 2013 in New York, U.S. The Forum run in 2 first-class venues: The Princeton Club (The James Madison Room, 15 West 43rd Str.) and the New York offices of Chadbourne & Parke LLP (Rockfeller Centre, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, 34th floor).

The forum got together more than 150 CEO level representatives of the Top-100 Ukrainian companies and US investment professionals, who represented investors, private equity funds, investment and commercial banks. The named parties exchanged critically important information about opportunities for attracting/providing investments to Ukrainian companies at the time of economic challenges, and about the Ukrainian investment market development and improvement. The main topics that were covered: the reasons why some economic sectors deserve to get the “second chance”, financing sources available for companies in the already mentioned sectors including debt, private and public equity, as well as the outlook of global investors for Ukraine in generally. The expert panels were represented by:

  • Olexander Motsyk, Ambassador of Ukraine to the United States of America
  • Robert Bensh, Managing Director, Pelicourt Ltd.; Advisor to the Vice-Prime-Minister of Ukraine Yuriy Boyko
  • Jorge Zukoski, President, American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine
  • Bluford H. Putnam, Chief Economist and Managing Director, CME Group
  • John Valiska, First Vice President, RB International Finance USA
  • Igor Obozintsev, Head of NY Representative Office, State Export-Import Bank of Ukraine
  • Taras Kytsmey, President, SoftServe
  • Edilberto Segura, Chief Economist and Partner, SigmaBleyzer
  • Serhiy Hoshovsky, Chair of International Section Committee on Central & Eastern Europe, NYSBA
  • Adam Mycyk, International Partner, Chadbourne & Parke, Kyiv office
  • Myron Rabij, Partner, Dentons LLP, Kyiv office
  • And many others.

The full event brochure you can find via this link. One of the participants Alexey Bolkhovitinov, Director, Transaction Services, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP highlighted that “given the weak interest of investment community to Ukraine I believe that A7 made the best conference the one can do in such conditions. I was very impressed with the organizers’ professionalism!” Also Viktoriya Gilvarg, Depository Receipts Client Administration Specialist, Bank of New York Mellon mentioned, “The Forum allowed to bring the investors and issuers together and to learn more about the investment opportunities. I met many professionals and had an interactive conversations with them.” Adam Mycyk, an International Partner based in Chadbourne’s Kyiv office, participated in a panel discussion entitled «Legal and Transactional Nuances in Investing in Ukraine». Adam spoke about the importance of carrying out compliance due diligence as a part of M&A deals in Ukraine. In particular, he focused on possible risks arising from the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement , the UK Bribery Act as well as Ukrainian anti-corruption laws. He also explained typical red flags that investors should bear in mind when buying companies or assets in Ukraine. Finally, Adam briefed the audience about the compliance benefits, due diligence and its impact on the overall transaction progress. Adam stressed on the importance of compliance beginning, due diligence in the transaction process, as negative findings may often prevent a deal from proceeding. After the official program prearranged 1-to-1 meetings with US investors were held exclusively for Ukrainian private companies. The event Co-organizer was the Center for US-Ukrainian Relations (CUSUR). The Principal Patron of the Forum was CUB Energy, the General Partner – Chadbourne & Parke LLP, the General Media Partner – Investgazeta, publication #1 about opportunities, the General News Partner – Interfax-Ukraine, the Forum was supported by the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA), the American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine (ACC), the European Business Association (EBA) and the US-Ukraine Business Council (USUBC), the Official Airline Ticket Partner was AirLife. Among the participants were such organizations as Morgan Stanley, NYSE Euronext, CME Group, Presidential Administration of Ukraine, The State Agency for Investment and National Projects of Ukraine, Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, State Export-Import Bank of Ukraine, Softserve, Dentons, Stalex Investments Ltd, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Investment Capital Ukraine, Oliver Wyman, Myrmidon Group, SigmaBleyzer, Mediterranean Black Sea Limited, Broad Street Capital Group, Nadezhda Oil&Gas Company, TriPoint Global Equities, RB International Finance, Greylock Capital Management, Knight Capital Group, Ecap Securities, Black Iron Inc and many others. This Forum was the first in a series of international events devoted to examining the investment climate in Ukraine. Among the Forum’s next destinations will be Germany, Hong Kong, Bahrain, the Great Britain, and Russian Federation.