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Established in 2007 from the merger of Mellon Financial Corporation and The Bank of New York Company, Inc., BNY Mellon is a leading asset management and securities services company, uniquely focused to help clients manage and move their financial assets and succeed in the rapidly changing global marketplace. Headquartered in New York, BNY Mellon has $22.3 trillion in assets under custody or administration and $1.1 trillion under management.

College Hill is a growing international business communications consultancy providing a range of complementary skills to businesses and institutions. Our consultants bring to our clients the strategic advice and implementation needed in times of change – such as transactions or crisis – as well as in the day-to-day management of their valuation, reputation and ultimately, their business objectives. Areas of expertise include financial public relations and investor relations, with specialist industry sector teams; corporate public relations; public affairs; branding; financial reporting and digital; risk and crisis management; employee engagement and strategic research consultancy; healthcare and life sciences.

Gryphon is an investment bank focused exclusively on emerging markets. It specialises in the CIS and MENA regions and it currently has offices in London, Moscow, Kiev, Warsaw, Bahrain and Istanbul, with associates in Washington, Lisbon and Cairo. The main business of Gryphon in Central Europe/CIS and the Middle East is restructuring and financing growth companies requiring capital for their expansion or rationalisation plans. This includes working with entrepreneurs and management teams of wholly or partly private companies, groups preparing for stock market flotation, listed companies having weak markets in their shares, and former state-owned companies emerging from government privatisation programmes. One of Gryphon’s other activities in its focus regions is helping companies to expand, usually by acquisition or joint venture, with a view to building up their international position across the CEE/CIS or MENA regions and/or in Western Europe and the USA. Gryphon is also active in investing from its own balance sheet in growth companies based in Russia & the CIS as well as in establishing and operating private equity investment funds in the larger emerging market economies in these regions. In recent years, Gryphon has operated extensively in Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Kazakhstan, Romania, and Turkey as well as in the MENA region countries.

PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) provides industry-focused assurance, tax and advisory services to build public trust and enhance value for its clients and their stakeholders. More than 155,000 people in 153 countries across our network share their thinking, experience and solutions to develop fresh perspectives and practical advice.

PwC is one of the largest professional services firms in Russia, with 2,100 professionals and offices in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Kazan, Ekaterinburg, and Vladikavkaz. In Kazakhstan, PwC currently has more than 300 staff with offices in Almaty and Astana. PwC also enjoys an strong presence in the region, with offices in Baku (Azerbaijan), Tbilisi (Georgia), Yerevan (Armenia), Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan) and Tashkent (Uzbekistan).

Ipreo is a leading global provider of high quality data, expert insight, and productivity solutions to Investment Banking and Corporate clients. With decades of experience serving the capital markets, a reputation for superior customer service and a commitment to creating technologies that improve our clients’ performance, Ipreo is both a dynamic innovator and a trusted resource. Counting the world’s leading investment banks, and hundreds of Fortune 1000 & FTSE 100 corporations as customers, Ipreo demonstrates every day how it brings players together through market-leading innovation, intelligence, and insight.

At the core of Société Générale’s universal banking business model, the Corporate & Investment Bank is a well-diversified and leading player with nearly 11 000 professionals present in 33 countries across Europe, the Americas and Asia-Pacific.

Standing by its clients across sectors, the Corporate & Investment Bank tailors solutions for them by capitalising on its worldwide expertise in investment banking, global finance, and global markets.

• For Corporates, Financial Institutions and public sector: providing a global advisory approach (M&A, debt, equity transaction, capital structure, and asset & liability management), as well as quality capital raising solutions across the debt and equity spectrum, optimised financing and expert risk management responses notably in the realm of foreign exchange and rates derivatives.
• For investors: offering reliable and sound investment opportunities and risk management solutions through its integrated global markets platform delivering seamless access to markets (equity, rates, credit, currencies, commodities and derivatives), as well as advice and solid financial engineering, quality of execution and forward-looking research across asset classes.

Clyde & Co is a leading international law firm with over 1300 staff worldwide and 23 offices and associate offices around the world. We have a reputation for advising on high profile and complex cross border transactions and for our extensive experience of operating in emerging markets. Recognised as a leader in the transportation, insurance, trade and energy sectors we provide the full spectrum of legal services.

Having been present in Russia for 15 years through an associate office in St. Petersburg, we opened a full-service office in Moscow in 2005. Clients value our commercial, practical and pragmatic approach and our worldwide presence means we can offer a seamless, fully integrated global service. We are particularly well-know for operating in difficult jurisdictions where an enterprising approach and extensive local experience can be crucial to the success of a deal. In 2007 we were one of the first law firms to win the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade.


Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is a leading international law firm that provides its clients with expert advice across the globe.

We have been active in CEE/CIS for nearly 40 years and our involvement continues to grow. We advise clients interested in the region including international investment banks and multinational corporates, as well as domestic companies looking to conduct business elsewhere in the world or engage in complex transactions within the region. We are currently working on more capital market deals in CEE/CIS than any other firm.

Many members of our team work exclusively on deals in CEE/CIS and specialise in particular sectors, so we can select the right team for every transaction. We also know the best local law firms and lawyers in each country so we are able to pick the best local firm based on our experience of working with them and our understanding of the market.

Heidrick & Struggles is the leadership advisory firm providing senior-level executive search and leadership consulting services, including succession planning, executive assessment, talent retention management, executive development, transition consulting for newly appointed executives, and M&A human capital integration consulting.

For almost 60 years, we have focused on quality service and built strong leadership teams through our relationships with clients and individuals worldwide. Today, Heidrick & Struggles’ leadership experts operate from principal business centres in North America, Latin America, Asia Pacific and Europe, Middle East & Africa.

Heidrick & Struggles’ CEO & Board Practice provides Leadership Search and Advisory services for boards of public and private companies around the world. We work in partnership with our clients to develop their senior leadership talent and in the process, to minimise leadership risk in the boardroom.

Merlin is a leading independent financial and business communications consultancy based in London and working in the capital markets internationally.

It represents public and private corporations and business leaders around the world, addressing the challenges of financial reporting, M&A, IPOs, corporate governance and strategic issues in the global capital markets. We are amongst the leaders in providing international communications support to the Russian and CIS public companies.

It has acted on $200 bn of M&A transactions and some 30 IPOs, and provides access to the Merlin Global Network (M/G/N) of agencies in all key financial centres.

On 1 June 2010 Mourant du Feu & Jeune and Ozannes, two of the leading law firms offshore, merged to create Mourant Ozannes. Mourant Ozannes draws on the heritage of two market leaders and has approximately 200 fee-earners and 50 partners practising from offices in the Cayman Islands, Guernsey, Jersey and London. The combined law firm is the largest in the Channel Islands by partner numbers, with unrivalled strength-in-depth and industry knowledge. Mourant Ozannes has an award-winning Cayman Islands team and an established presence in London. Our clients include many of the world’s leading financial institutions, public companies, corporations, fund promoters and private clients. We are chosen regularly to work alongside the most respected international law firms with whom we enjoy deep and longstanding relationships.

Otkritie Securities Limited (OSL) is the UK-based subsidiary of OTKRITIE Financial Corporation, one of the leading financial services providers in Russia, which has acted as a broker, asset manager, financial consultant and investment bank for its clients since 1995.

OSL is regulated by FSA and focuses on providing execution services to hedge funds, asset managers and broker dealers. Accredited by most European exchanges where Russian instruments are traded, we offer global market connectivity and order-routing from our offices in London, Moscow and Frankfurt. Practical experience and a deep understanding of Russian markets help us advise our clients and offer them local insight and highly efficient solutions to trade equities, depository receipts and derivatives on MICEX, FORTS, RTS, LSE, Xetra and EDX London. Our prime brokerage services, including custody and asset management, financing and securities lending, issuance and cancellation of depository receipts, clearing & settlements and forex solutions, are offered globally to institutional clients by experienced professionals with in-depth knowledge of products offered.

VTB CapitalVTB Capital, the Investment Business of VTB Group, focuses on arranging operations in the debt, equity, global commodities markets, developing private investments, asset management, advising clients on M&A and ECM deals in Russia and abroad. VTB Capital operates in Moscow, London, Dubai and Singapore with headquarters in Moscow. We aim to provide our clients with products and services of the highest quality and to find innovative solutions for the contemporary market.