Europe and Eurasia include some of the world’s most developed and resilient economies, as well as many of its most compelling emerging markets. The region is also home to many of the world’s largest companies, operating in some of its most complex and opaque commercial environments. The European Union’s continuing struggle to define its future path and Russia’s desire to reshape its relationship to the West will create challenges for any company wishing to do business from the British Isles to the Kamchatka Peninsula.
Our Europe team includes leading former senior officials from the United States, Europe and the former Soviet Union, with knowledge, access, and networks that reach from Manchester to Madrid to Moscow. We know the complex regulatory frameworks in Brussels, have navigated the fall of the Soviet Union and the rise of Russia and the newly independent states, and have been engaged in Southeastern Europe and Turkey‘s promising but unpredictable path forward. Our Washington-based leadership team is supplemented by a network of associates and senior figures in Brussels, Germany, Turkey, Russia, and Ukraine. Through a strategic partnership with Trident Group, we offer political and economic risk assessment, risk management, and government advisory services for clients considering or engaged in business in Russia and the former Soviet Union.
HELPING CLIENTS SUCCEED
Identifying Areas for Expansion: In Sweden, Netherlands, and the United Kingdom, we worked closely with a global mobile telephone provider to establish high-level contacts in strategic government ministries and identified potential customers in the armed forces, emergency services, and the police. In Poland, we helped an international container port company expand its activities at the port of Gdynia by facilitating relationships with municipal and national leaders, as well as through engagement with the European Union (EU) in Brussels.
Navigating Regulatory Frameworks: At the EU in Brussels, we helped a major energy company evaluate the impact of environmental regulations on the development of natural gas. Also at the EU, we facilitated high-level contacts in the European Commission for a US telecom company to assist it in obtaining regulatory approval for sales into European institutions.
Designing and Implementing Strategy: We helped an internet-based streaming video provider elaborate a strategy to capitalize on the EU’s emerging digital agenda.
Facilitating Government Relations: In Turkey, we worked with a major international lottery equipment and services provider to develop senior government relationships and to identify potential local partnering opportunities. Also in Turkey, we helped a large internet services provider resolve a delicate problem involving the threat of government censorship. In Poland, we provided day-to-day assistance to a major financial services company in addressing the Polish government’s efforts to nationalize privately held pension funds. Our efforts included high-level contact with government officials and networking with influential figures in the United States and at International Financial Institutions. We also advanced this company’s goals in Ireland, Hungary, and Romania, mapped its US-based outreach efforts, and helped identify local consultants to assist in their overseas government relations.
Building Public-Private Partnerships: In Russia, we collaborated closely with a high-tech medical equipment manufacturer to identify potential partners and to design a public-private partnership model for negotiation with government ministries. Also in Russia, we designed a road map and helped facilitate regulatory approvals for a large foreign mobile telephony company. Additionally, we facilitated the visit and high-level meetings at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum for the CEO of a global US financial services firm.
Entering New Markets: In Romania, we worked with a leading US oil-field equipment provider to establish a new manufacturing facility, including a successful effort to obtain government investment subsidies. Also in Romania, we assisted an energy company in its plans for building a new oil terminal at the port of Constanta.
Assessing Political Risk: We provided timely analysis of developments in Ukraine for all interested clients. In Bulgaria, we worked with a large international gaming company to establish high-level government contacts and to provide due diligence of potential local partners. In Georgia, we consulted closely with an international container port services company to obtain government support for its operations in Batumi and to achieve higher visibility with the government in Tbilisi.
OUR EUROPE & EURASIA TEAM
Richard Burt formerly served as US Ambassador to Germany, as US Chief Negotiator in the Strategic Arms Reduction Talks, and as Assistant Secretary of State for European and Canadian affairs.
Philippe Maze-Sencier managed the Paris and Brussels offices of a global public affairs firm and has nearly two decades of experience crafting government relations strategies and interacting with EU and national government officials.
Claire Kaiser has over a decade of experience in Eurasian affairs and has worked and researched in Georgia, Ukraine, Russia, and Germany. She speaks Georgian and Russian.
Robert O. Blake, Jr. was Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia and Deputy Chief of Mission in India. He was also US Ambassador to Sri Lanka, the Maldives, and Indonesia.
Eric Trachtenberg served in the US Foreign Agricultural Service in Moscow and has extensive experience in the eastern European agricultural sector. He speaks fluent Russian.
Lee A. Feinstein previously served as US Ambassador to Poland and Senior Advisor to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. He is Dean of Indiana University’s School of Global & International Studies.
Edward S. Verona was formerly President of the US-Russia Business Council, Vice President of ExxonMobil, and Country Manger for Russia and Kazakhstan at Texaco.
Yuri Koshkin is the President of Trident Group and brings decades of advisory experience in Russia, Ukraine, and throughout the former Soviet Union.
William Drozdiak led the American Council on Germany until 2014. He was The Washington Post‘s Chief European Correspondent until 2001.
Jean de Ruyt was Belgium’s Permanent Representative to the EU, the UN, and NATO and Ambassador to Italy, Albania and Poland.
Cem Duna was Ambassador and Permanent Delegate of Turkey to the European Union. He also served as Foreign Affairs Advisor to Prime Minister Turgut Özal.