Significant past activities include:
- General Assembly keynote address by Mr. Richard Conn
- Served as IPO advisor to major Russian company.
- Served as M&A advisor to prominent Russian company in closing two deals each valued in excess of US 1.5 billion.
- Sourced financing for Russian real estate development.
- Led acquisition of minority interest in Russian truck manufacturer by the US merchant banking firm.
- Advised leading British oil and gas company regarding emerging market government relations.
- Advised largest residential real estate development in Moscow on business restructuring.
- Raised capital for largest portfolio investors in Russia. Advised high net worth individuals regarding international strategy, alliances and finance.
- Advised in establishing the leading US hotel chain in Moscow.
Founding CEO, Center for promotion of innovative technologies "Novstream - Constructive Solutions", Moscow. Novstream provides technology commercialization and business facilitation services to inventors and entrepreneurs pursuing innovative projects including participation in early and later stage financing rounds. Novstream is a full member of the European Ventured Capital Association.
Mr. Lazorin serves as a member of the Audit Council under the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation, and as an expert to the Russian Center for Technology and Innovation of PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Mr. Lazorin started his professional career in PricewaterhouseCoopers, and then worked in the finance and investment industry with the EBRD, Russia Partners and the Carlyle Group.
Mr. Lazorin is a Chartered Certified Accountant with a degree in Foreign Economic Relations from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations.
Peter Clateman has worked at leading investment institutions active in Russia and the CIS for over 14 years and has been based in Moscow since 2001. Peter has served as General Counsel of Renaissance Capital, Russia's leading independent investment bank; VR Capital, an award winning hedge fund with over US $2 billion AUM focused on distressed assets and special opportunities in emerging markets; and the Sputnik Group, which was the largest private equity fund focused on the Russia and the CIS at the time it was launched.
Peter also served as the General Counsel and Management Board member of UC Rusal during its merger with SUAL and the aluminum assets of Glencore to form the world's largest aluminum producer. He has extensive experience in the investment process in emerging markets, from vetting opportunities through exit, including hands-on management of corporate governance transformation and significant investment disputes.
Prior to 2001, Peter was an associate in the London and Moscow offices of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher and Flom, a leading US law firm. He received his law degree from Columbia University and his BA from Harvard College.
Robert G. Allison
Mr. Allison is the founder and CEO of Innovate Partners Inc., a private investment company focused on development stage companies. Through Innovate, Mr. Allison currently serves as a CEO of Ultimate Ears, CEO of Ocean Minded and Chairman of Innovate Technologies.
Mr. Allison also has served as a General Partner for the Edgewater Funds where he managed the technology investment sector and was the founder and CEO of Interworks Computer Products and Chairman of Jabra Corporation. Prior to Innovate, Mr. Allison was COO of Aurora Electronics, Vice President of Arrow Electronics (NYSE: ARW) and founder and CEO of Insight Electronics.
Julianna A. Peresvetova
Ms. Peresvetova has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the Franklin Pierce College, MA degree in International Relations/International Law of Trade and Investment from the The American University, and a post-MA degree from The Johns Hopkins in Information Systems/Information Technology. She is fluent in English and Russian.