Iran: Open for business?

Thursday, May 19, 2016 London

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With its spectacular endowment of oil and gas, it is easy to forget that decades of isolation have forced Iran to diversify its economy to the point that oil and gas only account for 25% of GDP. How, then, has long term isolation affected Iran’s other sectors and how will these sectors negotiate their reintroduction to the global market? Potential investors and businesses are enjoying a new found freedom, but what are the challenges facing those looking to enter the biggest market to hit the global stage since the fall of the Soviet Union?

 

  • What unforeseen risks should be on the agenda for business in Iran; remaining sanctions, corruption, OFAC, infrastructure and investor ties with the US?
  • Are financial services ready for the influx of investors and new business?
  • Iran hopes to be a future hub for regional business and trade, but how will it cope in this first year of no sanctions with recent elections showing major gains among moderates?
  • Do remaining sanctions show that Iran might not be a sound investment yet?
  • Outside of oil & gas, where is Iran going to see the strongest growth and investment?
  • How is a lack of reliable market data going to affect planning for new ventures in Iran?
  • Should the US presidential election in November be factored into your Iran business strategy?

 

Join us for the first part of our new series on Iran, for an expert overview of this exciting but challenging new business arena.

 

THE PANEL

  • Hassan Alaghband, CEO, Balli group
  • Oliver Bolthausen LL.M. FCIArb, Executive Partner, DWF LLP
  • Liam Halligan, Editor at Large, bne IntelliNews (Moderator)
  • The Rt. Hon. Lord Lamont of Lerwick
  • Rudi Lang, Leader Global Financial Institutions Group, Mazars
  • Andy Wragg, Senior Manager, Lloyd’s International Regulatory Affairs

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The Client Suite (31st Floor)
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Agenda

08h00: Registration and breakfast

08h30: Debate begins

  • What unforeseen risks should be on the agenda for business in Iran; remaining sanctions, corruption, OFAC, infrastructure and investor ties with the US?
  • Are financial services ready for the influx of investors and new business?
  • Iran hopes to be a future hub for regional business and trade, but how will it cope in this first year of no sanctions with recent elections showing major gains among moderates?
  • Do remaining sanctions show that Iran might not be a sound investment yet?
  • Outside of oil & gas, where is Iran going to see the strongest growth and investment?
  • How is a lack of reliable market data going to affect planning for new ventures in Iran?
  • Should the US presidential election in November be factored into your Iran business strategy?

09h45: Debate concludes and Networking Coffee

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Speakers

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Hassan Alaghband, CEO, Balli Holdings Limited
Biography: Education: BS Management & Accounting (1978), MBA, Boston University (1980); Juris Doctor, the American University (1984); Member of District of Columbia Bar; Certified Public Accountant.

Worked as an associate in the US law firm Gibson Dunn & Crutcher for six years after graduating from law school. Associate Professor of Accounting at Boston University School of Management (1978-1980). Associate Professor of Law at the American University for two years (1985-86). Joined Balli Holdings in 1990 focusing on private equity investments in emerging markets.

Other Affiliations: Served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the American School in London from 1999 to 2011. Also served on the board of trustees of Ubuntu Education Fund, a South-African based charity serving over 40,000 Aids-infected and AIDS-affected children in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Member of the President’s advisory council at Boston University.

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Oliver Bolthausen LL.M FCIArb, Executive Partner, DWF LLP
Biography: Oliver Bolthausen LL.M. FCIArb, Executive Partner (Germany), is a dispute resolution specialist and highly experienced Arbitrator / Mediator. Oliver advises on a full range of real estate transactional work and German corporate and commercial law. Oliver is a nominated arbitrator for various international organisations as well as a Fellow with the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb). As an internationally educated German Lawyer / Rechtsanwalt (Germany, USA, UK), Oliver is well equipped to handle cross-border disputes and contract negotiations in both English and German and has worked in Germany, USA, UK and the Middle East. Oliver is a member of DWF`s Iran desk and has worked for many years on Iran related matters and disputes, including sanction related work.

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MODERATOR
Liam Halligan, editor-at-large, bne IntelliNews
Biography:Liam Halligan is an economist, columnist and broadcaster with extensive business experience. He has written his weekly Economics Agenda in The Sunday Telegraph since 2003 – which has been recognized with a British Press Award since 2003. Between 2007 and 2013, he was Chief Economist at Prosperity Capital Management.

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The Rt. Hon. Lord Lamont of Lerwick
Biography: Norman Lamont was a Cabinet Minister under Margaret Thatcher and John Major, and a member of the House of Commons for twenty-five years. He was Chancellor of the Exchequer from 1990 to 1993.

Sir Alan Walters, Economic Advisor to Lady Thatcher, described Norman Lamont  “to be not only the most effective but also the bravest Chancellor since the War”. Many economists have attributed the economic stability and growth enjoyed by Britain in the ‘90s and thereafter to the tough policies introduced by him.

Norman Lamont was Britain’s Chief Negotiator at the Maastricht Treaty and negotiated Britain’s non-membership of the euro, of which he remains a strong opponent and critic.

When he was Chancellor, Norman Lamont’s political advisor was David Cameron and his Parliamentary Private Secretary, William Hague.

In 2008, David Cameron asked Norman Lamont with other former Chancellors to be part of a team to advise him on Britain’s financial problems. As well as being a working Peer, he is a director of a number of financial companies.

He has, in the past, been a director of two companies trading with Iran and is currently the Chairman of the British Iranian Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Advisory Board of the Iran Heritage Foundation, a body promoting Iranian culture and art. In 2016, he was appointed as the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Iran.

He is an Honorary Fellow of Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge.

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Rudi Lang, Leader Global Financial Institutions Group, Mazars
Biography: Rudi leads Mazars’ Global Financial Institutions Group and is the Head of Mazars’ Global Monitoring Trustee Services. He has over 20 years’ experience within the financial services industry, working with Mazars’ largest clients, European regulators and public authorities.

Rudi’s experience includes the co-ordination of complex, cross border regulatory projects, large scale projects around European restructuring and special risk management assignments for international banking clients. He has been engaged in Prudential Capital Assessment Reviews and Asset Quality Reviews for a number of European banks and acts as a skilled person for regulators in the UK and across Europe. Rudi is also currently the Monitoring Trustee of some of the most prominent state aid cases in Europe.

Rudi is committed to driving industry best practice and to that end has been part of the ICAEW working party formed to examine the dialogue between bank auditors and audit committees. He is a German Certified Chartered Accountant and a member of ICAEW. He has a Masters in Economics and Finance Theory from the University of Cologne. Fluent in French, English and his native German, Rudi speaks regularly at internal and external seminars and conferences on regulatory and industry matters around the globe.

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Andy Wragg, Senior Manager, Lloyd’s International Regulatory Affairs

Biography: Andy has been involved in handling compliance and financial crime investigations within the insurance industry for over 20 years and his current team’s remit includes mitigation of financial crime risks facing the Lloyd’s market, as well as the risk management of Lloyd’s international trading rights.

The team is proactively involved in working with the Lloyd’s market to ensure compliance with financial crime, sanctions and other international legislation.  Sanctions legislation in particular, due to its dynamic nature, requires Andy’s team to maintain close liaison with the Lloyd’s market, international lawmakers and regulatory bodies to ensure that any legislation implemented which impacts the general insurance industry is workable, proportionate and achieves its stated aims.

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Mazars is an international, integrated and independent organisation, specialising in audit, accounting, tax and advisory services.

Mazars can rely on the skills of 17,000 professionals operating in 77 countries. As the market challenger, Mazars is fully able to provide large corporate multinational firms with seamless tailored solutions. Its complete, adaptable and flexible range of services also makes Mazars perfectly able to serve smaller companies and owner-managed businesses as well as high-net worth individuals.

All Mazars staff are bonded by strong quality guidelines, determined to exceed technical and ethical standards and convinced that passion for accountancy, rigour in the way they perform their job on a daily basis and open-mindedness are the keys to success.

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