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​Ukrainian Investment Roadshow attracts heightened interest from the City of London
On March 20-21, the Millennium Mayfair Hotel in the heart of London played host to the Ukrainian Investment Roadshow, organised by Stephen Butler and the Strategy Council.
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Ukrainian Investment Roadshow attracts heightened interest from the City of London

On March 20-21, the Millennium Mayfair Hotel in the heart of London played host to the Ukrainian Investment Roadshow, organised by Stephen Butler and the Strategy Council.

Over 150 delegates were in attendance, including 15 different institutional investors, many of whom are current holders of Ukrainian corporate bonds and equities. They included: Allianz Global Investors, Argentem Creek Partners, Ashmore Group, Barings, Blue Bay Asset Management, Exito Partners, HSBC, K Hartwell Invest, Morgan Stanley, Old Mutual Global Investments, Pioneer Investments and Threadneedle Asset Management.

Their presence and active participation led to frank discussion regarding the limited number of quality Ukrainian corporate issuers at present. Other key messages were:

  • Although the reform process has been slow and imperfect, much more has been achieved in the past three years than in the previous 20; and those reforms undertaken are now irreversible;
  • There are many innovative and pioneering Ukrainian companies, across sectors, who are now benefiting from the necessity to increase efficiency and streamline business processes;
  • International institutional investors await further Ukrainian issuers on the capital markets, despite some past experiences;
  • Agriculture, energy and hi-tech continue to be amongst the most attractive sectors. However other sectors, including retail, real estate and healthcare are showing strong signs of growth.

Senior Ukrainian officials who entered into dialogue with the domestic and international business communities included:

  • Nina Yuzhanina, Head, Taxation & Customs Committee, Verkhovna Rada
  • Pavlo Moroz, Deputy Minister of Justice of Ukraine
  • H.E. Nataliya Galibarenko, Ambassador of Ukraine to the UK
  • Daniel Bilak, Director, UkraineInvest
  • Leonid Kozachenko, Member, Agrarian Policy & Land Relations Committee, Verkhovna Rada

Leading Ukrainian and international companies whose top management provided original case studies in corporate finance and strategy included: Acino Pharma Start, Allseeds, Arricano Real Estate, Astarta-Kyiv, ED&F Man, Immer Group – Ukrplastic, Kodisoft, Metinvest, Svarog West, System Capital Management, UkrGasVidubovannya, UkrOboronProm, UMG, VEON and VolWest Group.

Corporate Partners of the Roadshow were: N&D Law Firm, JKX Oil & Gas and Arzinger.

The event was the first to be held under the auspices of Stephen Butler’s new entity – Strategy Council. Stephen has organised many of the largest and most memorable investment conferences for Ukraine for more than 20 years.

Indeed, London will host the next event on June 12 – a Ukrainian Energy Day. A full calendar of events is planned for the Autumn in Ukraine.

For further information visit www.strategy-council.com or contact Stephen directly at: stephen.butler@strategy-council.com .

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