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May 2007

The USRCCNE Monthly Newsletter
For those with interests bridging the US and Russia...


From the Organizing Committee for the Financial Markets Conference

USRCCNE held its 5th Annual Russian Financial Markets Conference in Boston today. Speakers from four countries delivered facts, perspective, and advice to investors and would-be investors on opportunities in Russia, one of the fastest-growing economies in the world. Against a backdrop of pre-election politics in both Russia and America, important financial deals may not be garnering the headlines, but they continue apace on the ground -- with investment opportunities coming not only from the major cities of Moscow and St. Petersburg, but increasingly from outlying Russian regions. Investment is also coming out of Russia now, and as John Huhs stated in his presentation, "Those who pay attention to this new phenomenon can do well." This month's newsletter delivers some of the information that was made available at the successful conference. You'll also find additional articles about venture capital in Russia and other useful information, as always, for those who have or are planning businesses or investments in Russia.

If you have an announcement or a news item to be included in our newsletter, or if you would like to subscribe to this free newsletter, please contact us.

News Briefs

The planned J. Q. Adams Statue to be placed in MoscowThe John Quincy Adams Project will honor the legacy of the first U.S. Minister to Russia and sixth president of the United States with the dedication of a statue at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow and the gift of a companion bust to a leading Russian university in international relations.

News "Obzor" for April-May presents a review of the news for the past month on a range of issues of concern to USRCCNE members.

USRCCNE Seeks Volunteer to help organize networking-social events in June and October.

Financing Deals and Investing in Eurasia is a free webinar from BISNIS. View it now online!

The New Registration System, seems to be now more or less running smoothly, with the forms and processes set. IntelService, a reliable provider of Russian visas and related services, has just released this flyer which details the system in simple and concise terms.

Alinga Revamps Newsletter. Now larger and more inclusive in terms of content and with new professional graphics, Alinga is hoping to its free "Market Update" will soon be a major and regular source of information for financial professionals and foreign business people in Russia.

The Shadow of Stalin Music Festival is a series of concerts, symposia and other ancillary events presented by the the Los Angeles Philharmonic and offers an intense exploration of the profound effects of government decisions on creativity and the resulting aesthetic choices made by Soviet composers. A wide range of music will be presented -  from gypsy to shanson to classic. The School of Russian and Asian Studies, a USRCCNE member, is providing informational support for this event.

Upcoming Events

Washington, DC, May 14-15 - The 2007 World Russia Forum promises to advance new proposals for expanding investments in health care, technology, natural resources, banking, housing, and more. A new conference "Invest in Russia" will take place within the framework of this event. USRCCNE member Leo Galperin and his team at Language Connections will be providing interpreting at this event.

Washington, DC, May 15 - Invest In Russia Conference  will provide the latest information on legal issues and investment opportunities in Russia, with a focus on the Russian Regions.

New! Moscow, Russia, June 4-5 - EMPEC 2007 will provide unique insights and opportunities with respect to real estate, private equity and venture capital investments in the emerging markets.

St. Petersburg, Russia, June 20-22 - Annual Software Outsourcing Forum aims to provide buyers of technology services from around the world with a better understanding of their sourcing options in Russia and Eastern Europe and ensure a higher return on their outsourcing investment.

Russian Finance, May 2007Featured Articles: Financial Markets

Editor's Note: Most of the following articles are power point presentations originally presented at USRCCNE's 5th Annual Russian Financial Markets Conference. All authors have provided contact information in the case something is not clear from the presentation. For those interested in attending next year's conference, subscribe to this newsletter by entering your email at the bottom right of our homepage. The full program with author bios is also available in pdf. A press release with pictures is also now available.

John Edwards, London Stock Exchange 
Mr. Edwards' presentation gives information not only on what the London Stock Exchange offers Russian companies, but also how well Russian companies have performed on the London Stock Exchange.

Mark Banovich, LLGM
In Mark Banovich's PPT presentation, you'll find out what legal challenges Russia's IPOs face on the London Stock Exchange - and a few pointers for overcoming them.

Stephen Polokoff, Integra Management  
Mr. Polokoff describes some of major differences between the various stock markets for Russian companies and presents a case study for a successful Russian IPO on the London Stock Exchange.  

Keith Silver, US Commercial Office
Mr. Silver provides a mass of information about Russia's current economic performance, US-Russia economic relations, and specific information about the automotive, retail, and financial sectors of the Russian economy. This is a truly fascinating and surprising powerpoint presentation.  

John Huhs, LLGM
John Huhs of LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene, & MacRae details Russian investment and business activity abroad.

Kendrick White, Marchmont
Marchmont, an information sponsor for the conference, specializes in bringing venture capital to the Russian regions. This article, written on that subject, was not featured at the conference and is presented as bonus information for our newsletter readers.  

USRCCNE thanks Market Access International for Their Support in Organizing this Event
Market Access International Inc. specializes in U.S. market entry and U.S. market expansion for companies based outside of the United States. Offering a range of strategic and tactical business development services, the company serves clients in Russia, the U.K., Germany, and Canada. Market Access International's business model allows companies to gain a foothold in the United States, reducing risk and generating the early revenue needed to build-out a sustainable U.S. market presence. The company offers interactive market research, lead generation and qualification, appointment setting, writing, public relations, and strategic consulting services.

Novosibirsk was founded as a waypoint for the Transsiberian Railroad.More Articles of Interest

New Report on Russian Software Development Outsourcing Industry
The research finds that stability within the working relationship, technical expertise, and relatively low staff turnover are key advantages of Russian software development companies.

Talent Development and Economic Growth in Russia
The role of HR professionals within multi-national corporations is changing dramatically to meet these rising demands of the market. Today, Russian businesses are looking to HR to be a strategic partner instead of simply an administrative function.

Overview of Russian Corporate Profit Tax
An overview of the rates, exemptions, and schedule for corporate profit tax in the Russian Federation with a special focus on how this taxation affects foreign companies in the Russian Federation.  

Techno-sibirsk: A History and Future in Siberia
Founded on the technology of the railroad, Novosibirsk's future lies in the technologies of the future. A new technopark is being constructed and a special economic zone has been created around the project to provide tax incentives for companies to base research centers there. However, the effectiveness of the project is questioned by some.

Russian Corner: Regressive Scales for Some Russian Taxation
All organizations and companies in the Russian Federation must calculate and pay contributions toward the Labor Pension Fund and those using the standard taxation system (as opposed to the simplified taxation system) must calculate and pay Unified Social Tax. This straight-forward resource will explain how these payments are calculated.

Just for Fun: Chukotka: A US Neighbor at the End of the Earth
Despite the hardships in getting there, tourists brave enough to do it rarely regret their decision.

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