On this occasion, we invite you to join our 4th edition of Doing Business in Romania Series, in partnership with Cornwall Chamber of Commerce, on the 17th November, starting with 14:00 UK time/ 16:00 RO Time.
Learn more from our top experts on the business opportunities in Romania and how to access it in a timely manner.
Are you interested in finding out more about doing business in Romania? Join our online Roundtable discussion to find out more and gain practical advice from people on the ground.
Why Invest in Romania? As one of the fastest growing economies in Central Eastern Europe, Romania presents a wealth of opportunities for UK companies in many sectors. Romania’s growth was strong in 2019 at 4.1 % as well as private consumption, up 5.9 %- the main driver of growth, supported by wage and pension increases. Strategically well positioned, Romania provides an important springboard to the rest of the region.
As part of the EU, Romania stands for an incredible market opportunity in terms of size and population offering investors a high market potential as the second largest country in CEE and the largest in SEE.
This webinar will cover the following topics:
- General market outlook on Romania, especially during the actual context
- Opportunities for UK companies
- Why Invest in Romania
- Case Study of a company doing business in Romania
16.00- 16.05 – Opening remarks by BRCC’s Chairman
16.05-16.15 – Cornwall Chamber of Commerce’s presentation
16.15- 16.45 – BRCC’s Panelists presentations
16.45- 17.00 – Q & A Session
17.00-17.10 – Closing remarks
Kim Conchie, Deputy Lieutenant – Chief Executive, Cornwall Chamber of Commerce
Kim graduated from University College, Cardiff with joint honours in English and Economics, an academic grounding that played to his interest in narratives, people and numbers. After travelling and experience working in hospitality, he developed a career in publishing, progressing through the ranks in a number of commercial roles at Haymarket and other magazine publishers.
In 1986 he co-founded Brass Tacks Publishing which, under his stewardship, became one of the top ten UK customer magazine and website publishers. Somerfield, Royal Mail, the RAC, British Gas and the RFU numbered among its many blue-chip clients. He sold the business to Chime Communications in 2000, remaining as MD of the Bristol office until 2009.
Returning to live in his native Cornwall in 2002, Kim has been CEO of Cornwall Chamber of Commerce since April 2012. His visionary yet highly pragmatic approach has seen him develop the Chamber into an organisation that is firmly at the forefront of Cornwall’s business community. Cornwall Chamber of Commerce has grown to encompass a specialist team that offers an extensive range of services, from export market expertise to a vibrant mix of networking events, as well as being very much the voice of business in Cornwall on a regional, national and international scale.
Today Kim is also a member of and chairs, several business and education boards. He is a director of South West Investment Group (SWIG), a director of Creative Kernow, a trustee of Cornwall Community Foundation, a member of Truro & Penwith College Employment & Business Board, on the FEAST steering group and an advisory board member of Golden Tree Productions, Smartline and Cornwall Place Board. Kim was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of Cornwall in 2019 and is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Outside of work his family, wife Sarah and three children, his garden, boat, Falmouth Rugby and walking the Coast Path are sources of great enjoyment.
Michael McNeir – CEO of FORUM Financial Advisory & Training Solutions SRL
Michael McNeir is the CEO of FORUM Financial Advisory & Training Solutions SRL based in Bucharest, Romania. where his business focuses on various Financial Advisory matters according to the client’s pain points, Investigations/ Background Intelligence Checks and training in Financial crime such as Criminal & Terrorism financing, fraud, asset recovery and dirty money and the links to Art and the London Property Market. FORUM Financial Advisory & Training Solutions SRL is also working in collaboration with the prestigious Romanian boutique lawyers Enache, Pirtea and Associates and Lovering & Partners here in Bucharest and KYC Global Technologies from the United Kingdom.
Michael has a Diploma with merit in Money Laundering and has written two papers on Money Laundering and the Art world for the Transatlantic Cultural Property Crime Symposium based in the UK and US.
Michael completed a podcast for Transparency International on Money Laundering and Art which was aired on 4th June 2020 and in 2020 and 2021 Michael was a guest speaker for four live interviews on Fraud in today’s COVID19 world, Criminal Confiscation of assets, Asset Recovery and Cultural Crime with Enache Pirtea and associatii and experts in their fields.
Michael has conducted many presentations on various aspects of Financial Crime including Money Laundering linked to private education at the 35th International Symposium on Economic Crime at the University of Cambridge, Fraud at the London Law firm Howard Kennedy and at other UK conferences. Michael has given presentations at the 2017 & 2018 Montenegrin National conferences on Bribery & Corruption in Podgorica advising Government ministers as well as here in Bucharest at the 2020 GOVNET conference on white collar crime, at a British Romanian Chamber of Commerce breakfast meeting panel on business trends in 2020 and a co presenter in a webinar dealing with the ‘The most effective way in combating money laundering in the post covid world’. In April 2021 Michael was involved with the National Whistleblowing Centre in the United States in a conference about promoting the forthcoming Whistleblowing Legislation in the European Union and ensuring best practice.
Michael is heavily involved in providing training for the Law Department of the Bucharest Academy of Social Economics as well as for Romanian and International businesses here in Romania on aspects of Criminal & Terrorism Financing and other areas of financial crime as required by current Romanian and International legislation.
Previously, Michael was a Detective and Financial Investigator with the Metropolitan Police New Scotland Yard in the Homicide & Serious Crime Command investigating high profile homicide investigations, where Michael conducted Financial Investigations and Financial profiling to assist in securing convictions for Homicide. Michael later transferred to the Organised Crime Unit and to the Financial Asset Confiscation and Enforcement unit seizing various assets from convicted criminals both in the UK and globally so their confiscation orders were enforced. Michael has worked with many Embassies but especially the US Embassy, Romanian and Republic of Ireland Embassies in ensuring assets were seized and confiscated.
Luana Cosma – Senior Consultant at Stanton Chase
Luana is a senior professional with 15 years of experience, out of which 11+ years have been in human resources services. Before joining Stanton Chase, Luana specialized in search services, assessment and development centers for the executive division of an international firm. Prior to that, she was involved in international recruitment.
Her industry expertise covers: logistics, banking, professional services, technology, healthcare and life sciences, and industrial firms (production, heavy equipment, construction and aeronautics).
Luana has a degree in Law from Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj Napoca and a Master’s in Private Comparative Law (in French). She also holds a Hogan Certification, an SHL Certification both for assessment and competency based interview, Profiles International Methodology Course and is trained in DISC personality profile. Luana is fluent in English and French. She is passionate about education and enjoys travelling.