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The 1st Europe-Iran Forum

Counterpoint is partnering with European Voice, Dentons, ACL, the German-Iranian Chamber of Commerce Association, Ifri, the Middle East Association and Le Figaro to hold the first ever Europe-Iran forum.

The forum will focus on preparing post-sanctions investment and trade and will take place at Grosvenor Square Hotel in London on October 14-15.

Speakers will include the Rt. Hon. Jack Straw, WPP CEO Sir Martin Sorrell, former French Foreign Minister Hubert Vedrine, the Economist’s John Andrews, Le Figaro’s Georges Malbrunot, Chatham House Associate Fellow Sir Richard Dalton, and Counterpoint Associate Esfandyar Batmanghelidj.

You can register for the event here.

Following the historic Joint-Action Plan agreement reached by Iran and the P5+1 in November 2013, a series of economic sanctions were lifted, rekindling commercial interest in Iran throughout Europe. On July 18th in Vienna, Iran and the P5+1 (United States, United Kingdom, France, Russia, China and Germany) announced the continuation of their negotiations regarding the Islamic Republic’s nuclear programme, through to November 24th 2014. This decision confirms the gathered parties’ determination to come to a final agreement and foreshadows an expected rollback of the current international sanctions against Iran.

With the prospect of improved political relations and a new business climate between Europe and Iran, a momentous commercial opportunity presents itself. In order to properly prepare and evaluate the post-sanctions trade framework and investment opportunities, European Voice is organising The 1st Europe-Iran Forum in London on 15-16 October 2014.

This unique event is an incomparable occasion to gain practical insights from experts across all industries, providing the most relevant, up-to-date information from Iran and Europe. The forum’s various panels and workshops will provide a clear sense of:

  • Which sanctions are being lifted and which ones remain active?
  • What will an agreement entail and what will be its impact on trade and investment relations between Europe and Iran?
  • What are the main challenges of doing business in Iran? How has Iran’s economy prepared to date for increased foreign investment and trade engagements?
  • Which cases demonstrate the potential for successful joint ventures and long-term relationships between European and Iranian companies? How do executives with extensive in-country experience see the landscape in Iran?

Through the workshop discussions, participants will have the unique opportunity to debate and network with over 200 senior business executives from across sectors, as well as policy makers from Iran and Europe, on the opportunities and challenges represented by Iran’s valuable and largely untapped marketplace.


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