The FENG Eastern Europe S.I.G.

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About the Eastern Europe S.I.G.

If you have a strong interest in Eastern Europe, you should join this SIG. Your interest may come from a combination of nationality, family background, working or planning to work in connection with this part of the world.

By Eastern Europe, we include a vast group covering Central Europe (Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary), Romania, Bulgaria, Albania, the former Yugoslavia, the former Soviet Union (Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, the Baltic States etc.) and Mongolia.

The purpose of the new SIG is not different from the other SIGs of The FENG, but with a regional focus. It is primarily to:

- Allow focused networking with people sharing the same interest,
- Promote career opportunities in connection with this region,
- Develop business in the area,
- Exchange information about this part of the world,
-Attract to The FENG more talents from Eastern Europe.

For some of us, it is also a mean to reconnect to a region, where they have family ties.

The focus is professional; however it should not let us lose sight of the fact that doing business in Eastern Europe is inseparable from friendship and culture.

S.I.G. Leadership

Philippe Belot
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+44 (07939) 20 88 99
Philippe has more than 20 years of project and corporate finance experience in the emerging markets of Russia and Central Europe. Joining the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in 1993, he participated in the Russian Mass Privatisation Programme and developped private equity funds investing in newly privatised companies in the regions of Russia. In the course of his career at EBRD, his responsibilities encompassed project finance, managing the debt and private equity portfolio of EBRD in Central Europe (€1.2bn), handling equity exits and special situations, being Non-Executive Director on the boards of 5 companies (including a publicly listed one). He left EBRD in 2011 to become the Deputy CFO of Vimetco, the Russian metals and commodities group, as Head of Corporate and Project Finance. He left Vimetco in 2013 and is looking to support Eastern European companies in their international expansion.

Philippe started his career in the internal audit and corporate planning departments of industrial companies DMC and Pechiney, then with Rothschild Bank where he carried out privatisation and M&A assignments in Western Europe and Hungary.

Philippe graduated in finance from HEC Paris, the French leading business school. He speaks English, French, German, Russian and Polish.