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South-East Europe Investment Conference 2008
Thursday, November 6th 2008, Athenaeum InterContinental

Agenda Conference
    Last Update: November 3rd

08:30-09:00

Registration

09:00-09:05

Welcome: Konstantinos Ouzounis, Chairman & CEO, Money Conferences

09:05-09:20

Greeting: Ioannis Tzoannos, Secretary General, Ministry of Mercantile Marine, Aegean & Island Policy

09:20-09:50

Speech: Dimitris Stratikopoulos,  Managing Director, Head of M&A, Central & Eastern Europe, Deutsche Bank

Title: Creating Value During Turbulent Times

Sections  1. The 60 Days that Shook the World.

               2. The Impact on the Corporate Finance Cycle.

               3. Implications for M&A in South-East Europe.

09:50-10.40

PANEL : Shipping companies: Financing and investment opportunities

 

 

Shipping, the most important sector of the Greek economy and an area with long and rich history of business innovation and bold and successful initiatives, is de facto the most globalized sector of the market.

At the same time, despite the fact that the Greek state -with tax and other incentives- and the Greek society have recognized its importance, the Shipping sector and in particular some of its business units or whole parts of it are characterized by specificities with which investors are not familiar.

A large part of the Greek-owned fleet is known to be flagged out to international registries, while numerous ship-owning Greek or Cypriot companies seek to raise investment funds at the stock exchanges of other countries or continents, as they find their listing on the Athens Stock Exchange or Cyprus Stock Exchange non-profitable.

While the Greek stock exchange is regarded as "small" to meet the demands of the large ship-owning companies active in the ocean-going navigation, the smaller shipping companies, with traditional-family organizational and operational structures, avoid listing their shares, as they are reluctant to get involved in the conditions and the regulatory-supervisory requirements posed to the listed companies. Thus, they turn to alternative financing channels.

In the field of Shipping financing, Greek and international credit institutions and financial houses are working on various forms of funding, constantly adapting to the changing demands of the times and of the globalized economic environment.

Moderator: Savvas Athanasiou, journalist

  • Craig Fuehrer, Managing Director, Head of Transportation, The Americas, Deutsche Bank

  • Nikos Varvates, President of Shipownersĺ Association for Short Sea Shipping

  • George Grigoriadis, Director, Finance & Economic Research, George Moundreas & Co S.A.

10:40-11:10

Coffee Break

11:10-11:25

Greeting: Petros Doukas, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs

11:25-12:15

PANEL ╔╔: Private Banking in South-East Europe: The challenge of offering quality services in the region

 

 

The rapid and impressive wealth growth (personal-household) in the region of South-East Europe is characterized by a parallel growth of private banking and asset management services, stemming from the interest of financial organizations in profiting from this trend.

This increasingly competitive market sector already consists of local, regional and international financial organizations which aim at gaining the largest possible share of the private banking activity and asset management in the region. One of the biggest challenges a participant in this market faces is to differentiate at a satisfying degree its services from the numerous and dynamic competitors.

Moderator: Andreas Anastasiou, Chief Editor, HRIMA Magazine

  • Vagelis Agapitos, Country Manager, Head of Representative Office in Athens & Greek Desk in Zurich, BSI Bank

  • Dimosthenis Arhodidis, Deputy General Director, Head of Group Private Banking, Eurobank EFG

  • Makis Ioannou, Managing Director, Finvent S.A.

 

12:15-13:00

STREAMED WORKSHOP : "Eurobank Private Banking in South-East Europe: Why & How"

 

Under the Aegis of Eurobank Private Banking

  • Dimosthenis Arhodidis, Deputy General Manager, Head of Private Banking Group, Eurobank EFG.

  • Platon Monokroussos, Ph.D., Assistant General Manager, Head of Financial Markets & Research Division, Eurobank EFG

  • Platon Chaldeos, Head of Investment Strategy, Eurobank EFG Asset Management.

  • Thanos Stefos, Head of International Equity Markets, Eurobank EFG Securities

13:00-14:15

Lunch

14:15-15:05

PANEL ╔╔╔: Real-Estate Investment opportunities in South-East Europe and how to be at the winnersĺ side

 

 

 

Following the long rally of the housing prices, the market seems now worried. Some analysts talk about a "bubble" that has been underlined by a scenario of strong and fast growth in the region. Some of the issues of concern in the market are:

Ě      The right timing for entering the real-estate market of these countries: "Here and now", or later with the prospect that prices will fall.

Ě     Would it be profitable to invest in these markets, or in real-estate companies of West Europe which are traded in large discounts compared to their Net Asset Value?

Ě     Which countries in South-East Europe have the most promising real-estate sectors and what real-estate categories (commercial, logistics, offices, houses, tourism) could yield the highest returns?

How could investors profit from the real-estate market? By investing directly in properties, or by buying shares of listed Real-Estate Investment Trusts or Property Developers with already important market shares and presence in the countries of South-East Europe?

Moderator: Kostas Lambrou, journalist

  • Odysseas Athanassiou, CFO, Lamda Development

  • Aristotelis Karytinos, General Director, National Bank of Greece

  • Giannis Paraskevopoulos, General Director, Danos/Atis Real

  • Evangelos Poulios, Chairman, Euroconsultans Corporation SA (Romania).

15:05-15:55

PANEL V: Investing in enterprises of South-East Europe: What changes in the aftermath of the international crisis

Is it still early, already too late, or the right time to invest in enterprises of South-East Europe, listed or not on local stock exchanges? The political and economic uncertainties have undoubtedly been reduced, but they remain important. The institutional framework and the broader investment environment have been definitely improved, but "rigidities" are still present. The advantage of low labour cost is gradually shrinking, as the employees' compensations have been increasing fast over the last few years.

Towards which countries and sectors should one turn its interest? Is it necessary to attract a local strategic partner and how useful is the listing of the companies on the stock exchanges of the region?

 

Moderator: Anestis Dokas, journalist, Kathimerini

  • Nikolaos Tessaromatis, Associate Professor of Finance, ALBA, General Manager and Chief Investment Officer at EDEKT-OTE Asset Management

  • Vassilis Kletsas, Head of Research, Global Fund Management S.A./CEO, Global New Europe Fund.

  • Alexandros Moraitakis, President, Stock Exchange Members' Association

  • Dr. Panagiotis Diamantis, President, S.S.I.F. IEBA TRUST S.A., Romania, Professor of Financial Management, Athens University of Economics & Business.

15:55-16:10

Coffee Break

16:10-17:00

PANEL V: Business Awards HRIMA - George Ouzounis 2008

 

Ceremony of the Business Awards HRIMA - George ¤uzounis 2008, for 6th consecutive year. This year's awards winners will be selected 50% through an on-line voting by the readers of the electronic newspaper HRIMA Week and 50% though a guided poll by ALCO.

 

The awards will be presented by the Deputy Minister of Economics and Finance Mr. Ioannis Papathanasiou, the Deputy Minister of the National Defence Ministry Mr. Ioannis Plakiotakis and the Publisher of HRIMA Magazine, Mr. Konstantinos Ouzounis.

  AWARD CATEGORIES
. Best ASE Listed Company Award- 2008
. Best FTSE ASE 20 Company Award- 2008
. Best International Market Company Award- 2008
. Best FTSE-SMALL CAP 80 Company Award- 2008
. Best Publicy-held Company Award- 2008
. Best Bank Award- 2008
. Results Recovery Award- 2008
. High Growth Award- 2008
. Globalisation Award- 2008
. High Investments Award- 2008
. Business Innovation Award- 2008
. Investors Relations Award- 2008
. Corporate Governance Award- 2008
. Corporate Social Responsibility Award-2008
. Best Alternative Market Award- 2008
. Best Cyprus Stock Exchange Company Award- 2008

Disclaimer: Money Conferences reserves the right to readjust the conference's agenda and is not responsible for potential cancellations due to extraordinary factors. Money Conferences also holds no responsibility for written or spoken views or statements that have been distributed by the speakers during its conferences. In addition, Money Conferences is not responsible for any copying, re-publication or distribution of the aforementioned views or statements.

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