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04.26.2007 17:03

meeting Representatives of the agency of patent attorneys ARS-Patent will participate in the Annual Meeting of the International Trademark Association (INTA), which will take place in Chicago (the USA) from April 28 to May 2, 2007. The program of this respected event includes discussions, round tables, master classes and seminars on related issues. Among the key topics to be discussed this year are: legislation and politics in the sphere of internet advertising, international aspects of legislation, advertising rights, business ethics and others. More than 80 participants will present their new products in the framework of the exposition. INTA is the only place, where more than 7,500 colleagues can at once communicate and exchange their experience.

Baltic Travel Company (BTC) has been selected as the service-purveyor for the XI St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, to be held from June 8 to June 10, 2007. BTC will provide excursions and a scheduled service to the participants and guests.

BTC will also play a major role in Shanghai Week in St. Petersburg in June during Russia’s celebration of “China Year”.

The St. Petersburg Administration and BTC have worked so closely together that it’s become a tradition. Last year, for example, BTC was the official transportation company for the G8 Summit.

Mr. John Stuttard, the Lord-Mayor of the City of London visited St. Petersburg on April 4, 2007. In cooperation with the Committee for Investments and Strategic Projects, and the British Consulate, Deloitte St. Petersburg

arranged a seminar covering all the City’s current major investment projects and the development of public private partnerships. Business leaders and City authorities attended the seminar where the City’s major projects were showcased. All guests received a commemorative Russian matryoshka with a flash-card inside which contained all the presentation materials.

DHL International, a leader in express delivery and logistics, announces that a new Service Point in the center of St. Petersburg, at 161 Moskovsky Prospekt will be opening very soon, on May 25. At the end of last year, DHL also opened a Service Point at 65 Ligovsky Prospekt.

The number of clients trusting their correspondence to DHL is continually growing, which is why there is a need to enlarge the total number of Service Points. In 2007, DHL plans to open approximately 21 departments in large Russian cities. Moreover, DHL wishes to invest more than 15 millions euro into chain development all over the country. Two points in Moscow and one in Novosibirsk will be opened on May 25 of 2007.

DLA Piper in St. Petersburg is delighted to announce that Anna Kostyra, an attorney-at-law with profound experience in commercial disputes resolution, has joined our Litigation team. Being head of the St. Petersburg office of one of the leading law firms of the North-West for 3 years, Anna became a recognized expert in various types of litigations: from disputes with tax and customs authorities to disputes with bad faith contractors and borrowers. Her arrival has strengthened the DLA Piper Litigation group, the largest team among international law firms in the North-West of Russia.

Ernst & Young announced the beginning of the national Entrepreneur of the Year 2007 contest in Russia. This is the fifth year in a row the contest is being held in Russia under Ernst?&?Young’s international Entrepreneur Of The Year Award program. It is aimed at recognizing the outstanding achievements of entrepreneurs in the development of global and national economies. The terms and conditions of participation may be viewed on the Internet at Candidate applications will be accepted until May 18.

The European University at St. Petersburg completed the development of a new program, Executive Master of Philosophy. Courses within the program pertain to a wide range of issues: from the history of the Russian denunciation to the analytics of everyday life. The program proceeds on the assumption that successful businessmen will be able to invest knowledge and skills received during their education into their professional career. Designed according to Executive MBA principles, it offers quality education on a part-time basis.

Farmos Russia, the leading supplier and manufacturer of hygiene solutions for industrial users, is happy to announce that we have a new team member. Mr. Igor Pesin has joined the company as our new managing director.

April 6, 2007 Globus-Leasing Ltd started to finance a project supplying equipment for a plant that will produce wooden houses. The company has opened a documentary letter of credit for a sum of 4.5 billion euros.

The project initiator is the closed joint-stock company Lenobldomstroy which is among the Promushlenno-Stroitelnoe Tovarishestvo group of companies that has already had some very successful projects with Glodus-Leasing Ltd. The contract for the supply of the equipment was signed with the company Weinmann Holzbausystemtechnik GmbH (Germany), parge of the Homag Group concern. The latter is one of the largest and most famous manufacturers of equipment for the timber industry.

Equipment supply will begin in the summer and the plant is planned to be put into operation in December 2007.

This project is very important since the state program of mass house-building in Leningradskaya Oblast is about to commence

On March 21, the Advisory Board of the Graduate School of Management, St. Petersburg State University, held its first meeting. The Board chaired by the Russian First Deputy Prime Minister Sergey Ivanov discussed GSOM’s development strategy up to 2015 and the concept of the campus presented by the GSoM Dean Valery Katkalo. The Board includes Ministers German Gref and Andrey Fursenko, Governor Valentina Matvienko, deans of the world’s leading business schools, representatives of leading Russian and international businesses (Basic Element, Gazprom, Interros, AFK Sistema, VTB, IBM, L’Oreal, Microsoft, Procter&Gamble, SAP and others). GSOM is being created to become a world-class Russian business school aimed at educating the national managerial elite.

Rocco Forte’s Hotel Astoria is finishing its refurbishment program, converting 20 rooms into 10 new Ambassador Suites. They comprise 60 sqm, with designs by Olga Polizzi. The bathrooms have natural light and a separate shower. New suites are located on the Bolshaya Morskaya wing of the hotel and overlook a quiet courtyard.

As part of this upgrade, we have replaced all of our televisions with new larger, interactive LCD flat-screen TV’s including video-on-demand and internet to complement the iBAHN broadband.

This July, St. Petersburg will be invaded by a horde of Citroen Traction cars participating in the Kozak Rally. Their route will take them from France to St. Petersburg, where they will spend three days from the 17th to the 19th.

InterIS is supporting this event from an insurance point of view and Peter Davies Frank, partner in Interis, is himself an old car insurer and collectier in France.

InterIS (International Insurance Services) is a Russian based insurance broking company that was created in 2006 to service corporate clients in all lines of insurance.

We are involved in many kinds of international events from yachting, industrial shows to art exhibitions and are proud to be associated with the Kozak Rally event.

ITM Group (Joint-Stock Company INTECH) has set up a contract with Japanese motor-car corporation Toyota on the installation of processing equipment for the Assembly Shop and Seats Shop (seats manufacturing) at a new factory which is being constructed in the industrial area of Shushary, St.Petersburg.

ITM Group is the constant contractor of TGK-1 on installation of electric equipment and instrumentation and automated control systems at the power stations of St. Petersburg. At present, the company is taking part in the final stage of construction and erection works in the installation of a new turbo unit at one of the major power stations of the Northwest region – Thermal Power Station-15 (Avtovskaya).

Kelly Services is launching a new advertising campaign with a new slogan in April. The campaign also introduces 15 new advertising images that illustrate four key Kelly Services competitive advantages in the market: the largest database of available jobs and candidates, narrow specialization by sphere, wide regional coverage and one of the best recruitment schools in the country. Starting form April, 2007, new advertising messages will appear in the largest business-media in the country; indoor and outdoor advertising will be engaged as well.

Konsu Group is an international financial management company operating in Finland and in Russia (Moscow, St.Petersburg).

High quality services are guaranteed by 15 years’ experience in Russia and the expert organization of 110 employees.

Konsu is a fast growing company belonging to the international Accountor Group with 1,300 people.

Konsu Moscow is opening a new branch office in Obninsk in April. The new office will render start up services as well as legal, accounting, auditing and tax planning services in the Kaluga area.

KPMG has been appointed General Partner of ‘The day When Opportunities Open Up’, the Second Annual Students’ Conference organised by Vedomosti and planned for April 25, 2007. The following speakers from KPMG in St. Petersburg will give talks at the conference: Palle Harring, Partner; Oksana Kuklina, Audit Manager; Ekaterina Bourliand, Tax Manager and Ekaterina Shandybina, a recently appointed HR Manager. In 2007 KPMG is planning to significantly increase its presence in St. Petersburg by investing in training and career development of students and graduates.

On January 25, 2007 Mannheimer Swartling officially opened an office in Moscow. The office renders a full range of legal services in the areas of commercial law and dispute resolution. On February 1, 2007, Mannheimer Swartling commenced activities in Shanghai and Hong Kong through two full-service offices.

After two years in St. Petersburg, Xavier Monard moved into a new position in Moscow. He will now develop the business of Steelcase in the Russian regions (Ekaterinburg, Novosibirsk, Sakhalin). His new email address will be

Julien Gebel will start on June 1 as Regional Manager for St. Petersburg, where he will be based.

Steelcase St. Petersburg – +7 (812) 346 81 12

Steelcase Moscow – +7 (495) 935 70 64

STEP Construction and FOSP (the Factory of Clothes of St. Petersburg) signed a contract on the construction of an A-level business center for the FOSP central office. The office will be situated in the Admiraltejsky district of St. Petersburg, at Grivtsova Per. 4. The total area of the central office building is 10.5 thou. sq.m.

The central office location is in a historical and cultural part of the city, a consolidated conservation zone of monuments in St. Petersburg’s central districts. The facade of the building will be completed in keeping with the general architecture of old Petersburg: a central arched staircase, balconies with columns, decorated with a stucco molding; jutting pilasters; high statues in the Atlas’ style. The appearance of the building is coordinated with the adjacent site development and fits organically into the neighborhood’s panoramic view

A skeleton-type eight-storeyed building with monolithic reinforced concrete columns and floors is to be constructed. An architectural feature of the building is an open-air recreational terrace on the fifth floor with a view over the city center.

Sebastian FitzLyon of S.Zinovieff & Co (Chartered Surveyors) reports that his company is diversifying its operations and opening a new firm Zinovieff Services for providing top quality maintenance and cleaning services in St.Petersburg. The Appraisal Department has carried out a large-scale valuation of a chain of shops in several locations across Russia. Real Estate Sales and Leasing Department reports successful completion of work for the international software company EMC: a lease of 4,200 sq. m in the Ostrov commercial complex (Vasilyevsky Island).

OOO Tekhtsentry Volvo (Volvo Technical Service Centers) reports that the company has invested into additional equipment from the firm JOSAM. This equipment is meant for postaccident restoration repairs of trucks and semitrailers by different manufacturers.

Usage of JOSAM equipment ensures that the cab and car frame can be fixed simultaneously, which allows us to shorten the repair time by half and thus raises efficiency in meeting our customer’s demands.

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