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Founded in 1926, A.T. Kearney is focused on delivering tangible results to senior executives of leading corporations in the areas of: strategy; production operations and logistics; sourcing; distribution, sales and marketing; and organization. EDS (the world's largest systems integration company with over $14 billion in annual revenues) has been A.T. Kearney's parent company since 1995, creating a unique partnership for designing state-of-the-art information technology solutions, managing their implementation, and providing out-source services.
A.T. Kearney is the leading management consulting firm in Russia and has made the strongest commitment among all consulting firms to expanding its services to meet the needs of international and local clients in Emerging Markets around the world. Since 1992, the firm has worked for over 30 clients including 15 major multinationals, leading Russian enterprises, the EBRD, the EC and the World Bank. AT Kearney's staff is predominately composed of bilingual Russian nationals with strong work backgrounds in both industry and consulting. They and our expatriates have graduated from leading universities, the majority with scientific, engineering, technical and/or business/economics degrees.
With offices in Moscow, Ekaterinburg, Perm and Chelyabinsk, A.T. Kearney is highly qualified to work in situations involving both Western and Russian companies and where the application of Western expertise combined with local know-how is essential for success..
The Chicago Mercantile Exchange is the world's largest financial exchange, an international marketplace enabling institutions and businesses to manage financial risks. The CME's diverse product line includes currencies, interest rates, stock indices, and agricultural commodities. On the CME's state-of-the-art trading floors, buyers and sellers meet to trade futures contracts and options on the futures through the process of "open outcry." After hours, trading continues virtually around the clock on the GLOBEX international electronic trading system.
Members of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange include the world's largest banks and investment houses, as well as independent traders and brokers. All over the world, pension fund and investment advisers, portfolio managers, corporate treasurers and commercial banks trade on CME as an integral part of their financial management strategy. In fact, when business, industry and commerce make effective use of futures markets, they help reduce risks that are part of doing business - which means lower prices for consumers.
The CME's exciting new trading division launched in 1995, the Growth and Emerging Markets (GME) division, expands the Merc's suite of financial risk management tools to a plethora of new and growing markets worldwide. This first new division in 13 years offers currency, interest rate, and stock index products from, first, Latin American emerging market economies, soon to be followed by Asian, African and European products.
Given that Russia is one of the world's most attractive growth markets for investors, the CME is very interested in promoting its existing futures and options contracts to Russian investors. In addition, the CME is investigating the possibility of listing futures and options contracts based on Russian instruments.
The Defense Enterprise Fund is a venture capital fund that focuses on converting the human and technological potential of the former Soviet Union's military industry into peaceful and commercially viable new ventures. The Fund specializes in equity investments in joint ventures between former Soviet military plants and qualified Western partners.
The Fund selects investment proposals, identifies compatible joint venture partners, mobilizes additional capital as needed and provides management expertise as well as funding to create a viable venture. As of October 1, 1996, the Fund was capitalized with $50 million from the U.S. Government, of which 60 percent has already been committed in 10 projects.
The Fund will consider proposals that include personnel or facilities currently or formerly involved in research, development, production or operation in support of the Soviet defense sector. There is a marked preference toward those entities involved with weapons of mass destruction. The Fund currently operates to convert entities in Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, and Belarus. Joint venture partners for these concerns may come from any non-CIS nation with a preference for U.S. partners.
Imperial Publishing Company publishes political, historical and cultural books pertaining to Russia. Based in suburban Seattle, Washington, Imperial Publishing believes that it is easier to understand a different culture if we can see the road they walk. Imperial is dedicated to increasing American-Russian cross-cultural understanding by exposing American readers to Russian life through cultural, political and historical works. Founded in 1996, Imperial is currently the exclusive distributor of the English language version of Valentin Federov's Yeltsin: A Political Portrait in North America. Utilizing the skills of Americans and Russians alike, Imperial's staff has many years of experience in international publishing. Imperial looks forward to contributing to Russo-American friendship and understanding.
Morgan Stanley Group, Inc. is a major international securities firm providing services on a worldwide basis to a large and diversified group of clients and customers including multinational corporations, governments, emerging growth companies, financial institutions and individual investors. Its business includes securities underwriting, distribution and trading; mergers & acquisition, and restructuring. Corporate finance figures prominently among Morgan Stanley's activities, emphasis being on merchant banking; stock brokerage and research services; asset management; the trading of futures, options, foreign exchange and commodities; corporate real estate advice; and global custody, securities clearance services and securities lending. Morgan Stanley began its Russian operations with offices in Moscow in 1994.
Moscow Narodny Bank is a direct descendant of the first Russian co-operative bank (Moskovski Narodnyi Bank) which was founded in Moscow on 22nd May, 1912. In 1915, this Bank opened an agency in London, which, in 1918, was restructured as a branch. With prospects hopeful for a healthy development of trade between the Russian Republic and the United Kingdom, as well as other Western European countries, the branch was converted on 18th October 1919 into a separate legal entity and became a private English limited liability company.
During the 1920's and the 1930's the Bank's business reflected the changing political and economic relations between the west and the Soviet Union. A rapid expansion began in the late 1950's as Moscow Narodny Bank played a major role in the establishment of the Eurodollar market.
In more recent years, operations expanded rapidly, concentrating mainly on the finance of trade and the development of commercial relations generally between the East and the West. In 1971, Moscow Narodny Bank opened a branch in Singapore. This was followed by the establishment of a representative office in Moscow which was complemented by a financial company MONAB Business Services. Mosnarbank, it's wholly owned banking subsidiary in Moscow was officially opened in April 1998. The subsidiary provides a full range of banking services including a lending capability with local currency settlements and financing.
The Singapore branch provides an outlet for business contacts in South-East Asian countries and the Far East, offering its clients various bank products and services available from its Head Office in London.
As an English bank, Moscow Narodny Bank, whose major shareholder is the Central Bank of Russia, operates on the basis of U.K. legislation, with supervision and regulation of the Bank's activity carried out by the Bank of England and Financial Services Agency (FS). The Bank is well known in the international business community, enjoying an excellent reputation on the world's financial markets.
MNB opened its first Representative Office in North America on
October 1, 1995. The North American Representative Office can help facilitate the
financing of business opportunities for North American companies in the Former Soviet
Union. MNB specialties include:
MNB is able to offer full financial services in London, Moscow, and Singapore and can structure transactions according to clients' requirements. MNB is an essential catalyst in any prospective business relationship with Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States. No other merchant bank offers such a wealth of experience and insight into the trading environments and dynamics of the Russian market in relation to the West.
For further information, please contact
I. Donald Gibb, Senior Representative for North America
Moscow Narodny Bank Limited
North American Representative Office
Suite 2060, Commodity Exchange Tower
360 Main Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 3Z3 Canada
Additional contacts: Telephone (204) 944 1050 Fax (204) 944-8837
Storm International CS B.V. is an international casino company that was incorporated in London in 1988. The holding company is in Amsterdam in the Netherlands. Storm International and its directors have owned and operated over 25 casinos in different countries including Egypt, Turkey, Venezuela, Australia, Denmark, and the Philippines. In recent years most operations have been in Russia and the former Soviet Union including Kiev, St. Petersburg, Irkutsk, Novosibirsk and Moscow, where Storm International opened over 11 casinos, including Metropol.
Storm International now operates the most successful casino in Moscow, Shangri-La, on a management contract and is an owner of Vinso Grand casino now in its successful fifth year. This year Storm International is opening one of two new casinos in Tunisia and is currently negotiating the purchase of an 80,000 square meter facility in the center of Moscow with the purpose of designing and constructing a hotel/casino/retail/office complex therein.
No one casino that Storm International has owned has ever failed to return its investment plus a profit. Upon entering into an agreement, Storm International will guarantee to increase profitability over the previous year's trading figures. Storm International will equally guarantee the profitability of any new casino operation once Storm International has approved such a venture. Storm International does not do anything illegal regarding the operation of a casino. All games are run strictly according to internationally accepted and legally recognized conditions and standards.
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The founders of the SUN Group of Companies, the Khemka family, have been active in the former Soviet Union since 1958 as the leading exporter of Soviet infrastructure and capital goods to India, working with over 450 enterprises throughout the former Soviet Union. In 1990, SUN Group decided to consider direct investments and set up SUN Brewing, which today is one of Russia's largest beer companies with about 15% of the Russian beer market and more than 5,000 employees at seven plants. SUN Brewing issued GDRs in 1994 and achieved a listing on the Luxembourg stock exchange in 1995. In April 1999, SUN Brewing and the Belgian brewer Interbrew signed a strategic partnership agreement for Russia and Ukraine.
In 1996 SUN Group set up SUN Capital Partners, a $155 million private equity fund to make direct investments in the former Soviet Union. The fund has so far committed capital to a number of transactions in various businesses including oil and gas, confectionery and food processing, and real estate development. SUN Capital has also invested in the hotel development sector in Eastern Europe.
In India, SUN is also involved in a number of industrial investments, principally in the tire and rubber sector (both joint ventures with leading US corporations) and in a public asset management business, which is a joint venture with Foreign & Colonial Emerging Markets of the UK. This business, SUN F&C, manages over $200 million in funds in India.