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4th Annual Conference on Investment Opportunities in Russian and CIS Banking
April 18-19, 2007


The Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, New York City

The Financial Services Volunteer Corps, the Association of Russia's Regional Banks and the bank rating agency RusRating are delighted to invite you to the fourth annual conference on banking and investment opportunities in Russia and the CIS, to be held at The Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City.

The April 2007 conference will include an expansive overview of new opportunities available not only in Russia, but also in the newly independent states once associated with the Soviet Union, and which are now a hotbed for investors with an interest in diversifying holdings. Conference sessions will explore the current and future landscape of investing within the entire region. The conference will give participants an enhanced understanding of the rewards and challenges of investing in the banking sectors in Russia and the CIS, as well as providing a wonderful opportunity for U.S. and international bankers and investors for visibility and networking among the senior management of Russia’s and the CIS’ top performing banks.

Topics to be covered will include:

  • Why make an investment in the Russian or CIS banking sectors?
  • What is the risk-reward equation; Debt versus equity investments?
  • IPO potential
  • How to make investment in Russia and the CIS more attractive
  • Legislative update
  • Changes in product offerings in order to attract international investors
  • The importance of transparency and good corporate governance
  • The need for effective risk management

Presenters and Participants:
Presenters will include senior officials from the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the World Bank, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the U.S. Export-Import Bank (Exim Bank), the U.S. Treasury Department, the U.S. Commerce Department, the EBRD, the Russian Duma, as well as a variety of global financial and legal institutions working in Russia and the CIS.

Conference Format:
In addition to the in-depth presentations and panel discussions, we will hold a debate on the topic “Money Has No Nationality or Borders”. This past year the debate format has proven to be lively and illuminating.

Social Activities
Conference organizers will sponsor a series of evening social events that will allow conference participants to meet and network in a less formal setting. Planned events include a cocktail reception and a dinner.

Registration and Sponsorships:
The registration fee is $1,500. For registration or sponsorship information, please contact Irene Coffman at Financial Services Volunteer Corps, via email at russianbankingconference@fsvc.org, or telephone at 212-771-1408 or Elena Arbuzova via email at elena.arbuzova@rusrating.ru.

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