II road-show "Invest in Ukraine 2013"

On 24 October 2013 Ukrainian Business Centre in London hold at the Embassy of Ukraine in the UK the II international investment road-show “Invest in Ukraine 2013”, the bi-annual event aiming to introduce Ukrainian business project to the European investment community in the UK.


The I road-show “Invest in Ukraine 2013”, which took place on 21 February of this year proved the investment attractiveness of Ukrainian medium-sized businesses to Western investors, giving the green light to the second event. 


Road-show “Invest in Ukraine” is the unique platform for the direct communication of Ukrainian businessmen and top management with international investors. 


During the II road-show “Invest in Ukraine” British investors examined six projects from the fast growing medium size Ukrainian companies. Three projects were representing Donetsk region, the Eastern Ukraine:  Construction of the line elevator for the storage and export of grain (Trading House “Uspih”), Construction of the seaport elevator for the transshipment of grain (Trading House “Uspih”) and Construction of the oilseeds processing plant (Krasny Liman oil extraction mill, LLC). The other three projects came from different parts of Ukraine: Development of regional micro-credit organisation (Kredofinans), Industrial Park Green Innovation Valley (Ukrecoresursy) and Construction of the oil press plant (Investtradeservice Ltd).


All companies are actively involved in the real economy and aim to expand their existing business, requiring investments of USD 3-10-20-30 mln.


The participants of the road-show, targeting business opportunities in Ukraine included representatives of British and European investment banks and private equity, such as NSBO, Alpcot Capital Management Ltd, ANCA Capital Partners, Doyen Capital, Virgin Green Fund EM as well as private high net worth individuals.  

Preston Brooks, Virgin Green Fund EM: “We are interested in waste and recycling areas of Ukrainian economy, sectors directly related to agriculture, aggregation and agriculture itself. We know that Ukraine is pretty advanced in solar and wind as well and we would consider that to be a good option for us. Energy efficiency in other ways would also be a priority”.


The projects presentations were followed by informal communication of Ukrainian entrepreneurs and British investors, which allowed both sides to get involved into the detailed discussion of potential co-operation, ask questions and exchange opinions.

Anton Parkhomenko, General Director of Trading House “Uspih”: “Ukraine is already playing the significant role in the agricultural trade worldwide, occupying the first position amongst exporters of grain and sunflower oil. Herewith our country has the potential for further improvement. Ukraine has 32 mln hectares of high quality arable land and the favourable geographical location, close to the main consumers - Middle East and North Africa. I believe these are the main reasons to invest in the agricultural sector of Ukraine”.


The road-show was organised by Ukrainian Business Centre in London and Business Federation Kyiv in partnership with the investment holding Pro Capital Group and the legal group Pavlenko & Poberezhnyuk C.I.S and supported the Embassy of Ukraine in the UK and the Donetsk State Administration.


II “Invest in Ukraine 2013” also attracted representatives of EBRD, Deutsche Bank London and UKTI (UK Trade and Investment), as well as Ukrainian –British organisations in the UK, such as Ukrainian Institute and representatives of national and international mass media – Mergermarket (part of the FT Group), fixygen.ua, Ukraine Business Insight and RussianMind.