The annual gathering for business, government, and civil society leaders committed to Iran's responsible and robust economic development.

3 - 4 October 2017

Lead Partners

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KPMG
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Manoir Industries

Founding Partner

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Dentons

Travel Partners

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British Airways
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Atlasglobal

In Consultation With

Knowledge Partners

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Stephenson Harwood
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Clifford Chance
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Magnusson
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Gide Loyrette Nouel

Research Partner

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IranPoll

Supporting Organizations

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Switzerland Global Enterprise
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Advantage Austria
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Dansk Ehrverv
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The EIC

Iran Communications Partner

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Mana Payam

Europe Communications Partner

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Tancredi

KPMG is a global network of independent member firms offering audit, tax and advisory services. KPMG member firms can be found in 152 countries. Collectively they employ more than 189,000 people across a range of disciplines. In December 2016 Iran based Bayat Rayan became a Correspondent Firm of KPMG International Cooperative, a Swiss entity. Bayat Rayan was a former member firm but departed the network in 2010. Bayat Rayan is a professional services firm advising national and international clients operating in Iran for more than 40 years. Bayat Rayan combines an in-depth knowledge of the local business environment, laws, regulations and markets.

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Manoir Industries is an international group, based in France, active in the petrochem, nuclear, energy, oil & gas, and construction sectors. Manoir Industries established a joint venture in Iran dedicated to foundry parts for the petrochemical industry and the direct reduction of iron. This entity, named Manoir Akhgar, was officially registered in May 2017 and is based in Esfahan.

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Driven to provide clients a competitive edge, and connected to the communities where its clients want to do business, Dentons knows that understanding local cultures is crucial to successfully completing a deal, resolving a dispute or solving a business challenge.

Now the world's largest law firm, Dentons' global team builds agile, tailored solutions to meet the local, national and global needs of private and public clients of any size in more than 140 locations serving 57 countries.

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Atlasglobal was established on March 14, 2001 in Turkey, licenced to carry out “Passenger and Cargo Transportation on Unscheduled Flights, Domestic and International” and operated its first flight on June 1, 2001. Atlasglobal began to operate domestic and international scheduled flights in 2004 with the aim of offering passengers international standards of quality and comfort on board.

Atlasglobal became the first IATA member private airline in Turkey IOSA certified and increased its flights by 80% over a very short time period. Initially starting with just two aircraft, Atlasglobal has expanded its global fleet to a total number of 27 aircraft, composed of Airbus A319, A320 and A321. Atlasglobal flies to more than 50 destinations in 35 different countries. It operates scheduled flights within Turkey and to Asia, Russia, CIS Region, Middle East and Europe.

Atlasglobal, offers connecting flights to the capital of Iran Tehran via Istanbul from Zurich, Amsterdam, Milan, Paris, Hamburg, Düsseldorf, Copenhag, Stockholm, Moscow, Belgrade and Sarajevo in Europe.

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Stephenson Harwood has been active in Iran for over 40 years, advising Iranian and international entities across key sectors of the Iranian economy including banking, transport, energy, life sciences and commodities. More recently, our work has focused on steering our clients through complex international sanctions. Our dedicated Iran group is made up of representatives from our international offices, across all key practice areas and includes Farsi speakers. We have the local and international connections and in-depth knowledge to assist on all aspects of Iran related trade, particularly now that sanctions have been lifted.

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Clifford Chance is one of the world's pre-eminent law firms, with significant depth and range of resources across five continents. As a single, fully integrated, global partnership, we pride ourselves on our approachable, collegial and team-based way of working. Recognising the significant opportunities and challenges presented when working on Iranian matters, we established a core team of seasoned specialists with direct Iran experience to help deliver the best value to our clients. There are over 55 lawyers globally who are involved in our Iran practice. Our team includes Iranian-law qualified lawyers and lawyers qualified under English law and other jurisdictions. We deliver invaluable and un-matched insights through a powerful combination of our practical on-the-ground transactional experience in Iran and our globally respected sanctions and export control practice.

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Magnusson is the natural choice for clients with presence outside of Iran doing business in Iran, combining presence on the ground, with strong understanding of the legal environment that the client operates in the home jurisdictions of the clients. Thanks to this combination, we are able to communicate foreign legal matters and business concepts, by presenting them in a manner understandable for businesses/general counsels.

Our clients include, among others, large European corporations developing their Iran-related projects, including companies from such sectors as: energy, engineering, transport and logistics, industrial production, and industrial project development. Our work includes, among others, corporate and contract law, setting up possibilities and foreign investment rules in Iran, including also the sanctions regulations.

Magnusson’s Iran practice often involves advising clients with respect to investments, joint ventures, establishing affiliates, branch and representative offices, trade, as well as introduction to sector specific private and public entities in Iran.

The Middle East Group consists of lawyers and partners from our offices around Europe, including team members of the Iranian origin. We have Arabic and Farsi speaking lawyers. The Magnusson Middle East team also includes a former Ambassador of Sweden to Iran.

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Founded in 1975, Afridi & Angell is a full-service UAE law firm in its fifth decade at the forefront of the legal community. From the beginning, our hallmarks have been a commitment to quality, unsurpassed knowledge of the law and the legal environment, and crafting of innovative business solutions. Licensed in the three largest Emirates of Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah as well as the Dubai International Financial Centre, our practice areas include banking and finance; corporate and commercial law; arbitration and litigation; construction; real estate; infrastructure projects; energy; project finance; maritime (wet and dry); and employment. We advise local, regional and global clients ranging in size and sophistication from start-ups, sole proprietorships, family-owned businesses, entrepreneurs and investors to some of the world’s largest public and private companies, governments and quasi-government institutions. We attract and retain clients with our dedication to practical guidance focused on their business needs supported by decades of experience in our home jurisdiction, the UAE. Afridi & Angell is the exclusive member firm in the UAE of top legal networks and associations, most notably Lex Mundi, the world’s leading network of independent law firms, and World Services Group.

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Gide is a premier international law firm with top-tier rankings in France and Greater Europe. The firm now operates from 15 offices worldwide, and has 600 lawyers and legal consultants, drawn from 35 different nationalities, including some of the most respected specialists in each of the various sectors of national and international business law. Our firm has been advising and assisting clients in Iran for many years on their investments, acquisitions, BOT (Build Operate Transfer) transactions, various commercial agreements, international arbitration and embargo regulations.

Gide’s Iran practice, the first and only branch of a foreign law firm operating in Iran under its own name, comprising Iranian and international lawyers and legal consultants, is headed by partner Mehrnoosh Aryanpour, an experienced international lawyer specialising in global trade and regulatory matters, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, customs, WTO disputes, and multi-jurisdictional commercial matters in transport, energy, and infrastructure. Mehrnoosh has, most recently, advised and assisted aerospace firms and international oil companies entering the Iranian market, as well as the Central Bank of Iran, metals and mining entities, hydrocarbons trading firms and agricultural products and infrastructure projects on Iranian matters. 

Gide was once again recognized by Chambers as the Number One French Law Firm of the Year (2017).

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IranPoll is an independent full-service opinion research and consultancy company headquartered in Toronto, Canada, focusing exclusively on Iran. IranPoll relies on its vast survey capacity to conduct and collect polling data from Iran using various modes of data collection including face to face, telephone polling (including a monthly Omnibus), in-depth interviews, focus groups, and online panel (B2B and 46k-member B2C). IranPoll operates multiple call centers with 87 active calling stations, and conducts over 150,000 interviews per year in Iran. Complementing its extensive field capacity, IranPoll is the developer of VoxIran, which is to-date the single most comprehensive databank of Iranian opinion polls containing more than 3,000 diverse questions on 430 topics and subtopics from more than 350 probability sample surveys conducted from 2006 to 2017 in Iran. IranPoll is a member of ESOMAR, AAPOR, MRIA, and WAPOR and follows their industry standards. IranPoll has received an OFAC license from the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) “to engage in all transactions necessary to facilitate and pay for public opinion polling in Iran."

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The Swiss-Iranian Chamber of Commerce and Industry was founded in 1976 in Zurich. As an independent association according to the article 60 of the Swiss Civil Code, the Chamber supports the economic relations between Switzerland and the Islamic Republic of Iran.

The Chamber is politically and ideologically neutral and is funded by membership fees and services. The Chamber does not receive governmental financial support, neither from the Swiss nor the Iranian authorities.

Our members are Swiss and Iranian companies and individuals. Our work is based on cooperation with authorities and other trade associations. The purpose of the Chamber is to promote the economic relationships between Switzer­land and Iran in accordance with the principle of reciprocity, in particular by means of cooperation in promoting and facilitating trade, industry and financial benefit for parties.

 

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The Confederation of Danish Enterprise is the network for Trade, IT, Industry and Service in Denmark. It is one of the largest professional business organizations in Denmark with more than 200 employees, offices in Copenhagen, Aarhus and in Brussels.

The Confederation is a private non-profit organization whose goal is to make running a business easier for its members. By means of political influence and expert advice to its members, it strives to create conditions that will make it attractive to do business in a globalized world. Furthermore, it seeks to ensure development opportunities are maximized for the growth industries by increasing the competitiveness of its members.

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The EIC is the leading Trade Association providing dedicated services to help members understand, identify and pursue business opportunities globally. Established in 1943, the EIC is a not-for-profit organisation with a membership of over 650 UK-registered companies who deliver goods and services to the energy industries worldwide.

The EIC has successfully managed 2 trade delegations to Iran in the past 18 months. These visits allowed UK companies an excellent introduction to market in a supportive environment and the perfect way to strengthen existing business relationships. We look forward to continuing our successful partnership with the British Embassy in Tehran to open more doors for UK Plc.

 

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The European-Iranian Business Alliance (EIBA) has been formed by BICC together with DIHKEV (of Germany) and CIE (of France) by a Declaration.

Since 2006 EU exports to Iran have fallen 51% from €11.3 billion to €5.4 billion in 2013 - as the consequence of sanctions against Iran. During the same period, US exports increased from US$ 85.9 million to US$ 312.8 million. Other mainly Asian countries have increased their share of Iran's imports during this period.

European companies have an excellent reputation in Iran and have the capacity to respond to the task of regaining market share.

The aim of EIBA is to help European business regain the pre-eminent commercial relationship with Iran that it once held. This will primarily occur through the actions of chambers of commerce and business associations with their national companies, governments and institutions, but there is a Europe-wide dimension - notably the institutions of the EU.

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Tancredi is the first financial and corporate communications firm headquartered in London with a specific focus on entities originating from Continental Europe, the Americas and the Middle East. We have expert knowledge of a wide range of sectors as well as senior-level relationships with the Tier One media and the foreign press across Europe. We also act as a strategic advisor in communications and institutional relations for investors looking for opportunities to expand their businesses in continental Europe and the Middle East. Our senior management has three decades of combined experience in consulting and top level financial journalism.

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