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What Is SPIBA

The St. Petersburg International Business Association (SPIBA) is a non-profit, independent organization which unites foreign and Russian companies that share SPIBA's view and principles.

The St. Petersburg International Business Association (SPIBA) is here to be a strong voice of business in the North-West region of Russia and to facilitate business development for its members. SPIBA's strategy is to provide a platform for
     •      Exchange of information and knowledge
     •      Open dialog and collaboration with the authorities
     •      Networking

All in a friendly and informal atmosphere.

Our members about us

The Friday was amazing thanks to SPIBA and Look@Danone event. It’s a great idea and the format of the event. I would like to thank SPIBA for the organization, Danone and Evgenia Falkova, PR director of the division, for the wonderful tour and hospitality. >>>>

Nadezhda Komarova, Sales and Marketing Specialist, Acsour about Look@Danone

News

SPIBA

Fri, 27 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0400

SPIBA announces the elections of 2 co-chairpersons of the HR Committee!

SPIBA announces the elections of 2 co-chairpersons of the HR Committee! Candidates can nominate the...
Fri, 20 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0400

SPIBA announces candidates for the co-chairs positions of Legislation and Lobbying Committee

Dear SPIBA Members! Please see the attached profile of the candidates who have been nominated for t...
Fri, 06 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0400

SPIBA announces elections of the co-chairpersons of the Legislation & Lobbying Committee

We would like to announce the upcoming election of co-chairperson to the SPIBA Legislation and Lobb...
Fri, 27 Feb 2015 00:00:00 +0400

SPIBA announces the results of SPIBA Executive Committee elections

On February 27th 2015 SPIBA concluded the results on the election of three members for the SPIBA Ex...
Fri, 20 Feb 2015 00:00:00 +0400

SPIBA announces candidates for the election of 3 co-chairpersons of SPIBA Executive Committee

Please see profiles for the four candidates who have been nominated for the SPIBA Executive Committ...

Members' News

Fri, 20 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0400

Recent trends in real estate 2015 conference

PwC invites to Recent trends in real estate 2015 conference which will take place on 7 April 2015. Dr. Holger Mueller ,...
Fri, 20 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0400

Seminar: “Tax Crimes. Trends of legal regulation and practice”

Pepeliaev Group invites you to take part in a business seminar: “ Tax Crimes. Trends of legal regulation and practice”,...
Fri, 20 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0400

Dentons’ Russian Tax practice is ranked in the top tier (Band 1) by Chambers Global 2015

Moscow, March 19, 2015 – Dentons’ tax practice has been recognized as one of the three best tax practices in Russia and...
Tue, 17 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0400

"Green" Appointments at JTI

St. Petersburg, March 17, 2015 – JTI has appointed new managers of key production departments in the CIS region. Press-...
Tue, 17 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0400

JTI Awarded One of the Top Five Global Employers

Geneva/Moscow, March 10, 2015 - JTI (Japan Tobacco International) was one of the select five companies in the world to ...
Fri, 06 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0400

Semenyako, Golubok and partners - press-release

Semenyako, Golubok and partners is pleased to introduce a new partner Vsevolod Baibak and to announce the renaming as I...
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0400

18/03/15 - Business in crisis: how to adapt and to maintain a stable position

Pepeliaev Group, with the support of Legal Insight magazine invites you to take part in a business seminar «Business in...

Regional News

Events Calendar

Fri, 27 Mar 2015 19:00:00 +0400

English Speaking Club with Zoran - 3/27/2015 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

The Saint-Petersburg International Business Association (SPIBA) is pleased to announce the continuation of its weekly English Speaking Club.

Date: Every Friday, from 19:00 to 20:30 (except March 6)

Venue: 
21 Nevsky Prospekt, Mertens House, Office 506

Leader: Zoran Panjak (please see attached)

Topics to be discussed:

 27 February – Advertising approaches at home and abroad

o  We will look at some examples of advertisements from different markets and discuss how factors such as humor, culture, and target demographics play out in advertising strategies.

 13 March – Leaders and leadership – What inspires us to follow them?

o  Which characteristics can be recognized in good leaders? And in a bad leader? We will discuss these questions and more as we identify how leadership skills in the office and in life can lead us toward common goals.

 20 March – Culture shock and reverse culture shock

o  People often consider culture shock as getting used to new customs when visiting new countries. But what happens when you get used to them, and come home to only have to become used to your own culture once again? We will discuss these aspects and others of visiting, living and working abroad.

 27 March – Evolving and living with technology

o  How has technology changed us? Which advantages and disadvantages have been brought on by technological developments at work and in our personal lives? What predictions can we make about the future.

 *Topics may be changed

 Join us for a cup of tea and speak English in an informal and relaxed environment. The goal of the English Club is to give you an opportunity to practice your English skills and help you feel comfortable with the language.  One or two native English speakers facilitate the conversation for an authentic experience. 

Registration is not needed.

Participation for SPIBA members is free of charge.

If you have any questions, please, contact SPIBA office by email office@spiba.ru or by phone +7 (812) 3259091

Tue, 31 Mar 2015 09:30:00 +0400

The bankruptcy of the counterparty: legal, managerial and financial risks - 3/31/2015 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

SPIBA Legislation & Lobbying Committee continues the “Legal Debating Club” series of events and are pleased to invite you to take part in the discussion on the topic “Bankruptcy of a counterparty: legal, managerial and financial risks”.

Date: Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

Time: 9:30 -12:00

Venue: Conference Hall of the Institute of the Advocacy, Kazanskaya ul., 7, 2nd floor, Room number 11

Moderator: Nina Boer, Managing Partner, Iusland Law Offices

Speakers:

Nina Boer, Managing Partner, Iusland Law Offices: “Bankruptcy of a counterparty: strategy, perspectives, risks and terms”.

Gleb Apenkin, Associate, Capital Legal Services: “Efficient countermeasures against arbitration manager’s malpractice”

Leida Lukianova, Associate, Baker & McKenzie, “Subsidiary liability of debtor’s controllers”

Dmitriy Tumanov, Deputy head of division for work with bankruptcies at the North-Western Bank of Sberbank: Interaction of credit institutes with entities that participate in a bankruptcy case; some situations of contestation of debtor's transactions

Please, confirm your participation by the 30th of March by registering via email  office@spiba.ru , via website registration or by phone +7(812)3259091  

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Thu, 02 Apr 2015 09:30:00 +0400

Breakfast with the Director - 4/2/2015 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Saint-Petersburg International Business Association (SPIBA) continues a series of events “Breakfast with the Director”. 

We plan to invite business leaders, top managers and directors of the companies for them to share their interesting experiences, talk about innovative approaches in business, non-standard solutions and everything that leads to breakthroughs and new peaks of success.

Date: Thursday, April, 2nd, 2015 - Date changed!

Time: 09.30 – 12.00

Venue: St. Petersburg, 1 Progonnaya ul., tea-packing factory of Unilever (map attached)

Speaker of the next meeting will be 

Sergey Parshin, Cluster director HPC&Tea factories Unilever

Topic: Reducing environmental footprint of the Unilever production cluster in St.Petersburg within The Unilever Sustainable Living Plan (USLP)

Brief resume is in the file attached.

Program:

09.30 - 10.00   Participants arrival, coffee break

10.00 - 11.00   Presentation by Sergey Parshin

11.00 - 12.00  Plant tour, questions and aswers, tea degustation

The number of participants is limited, confirmations is needed!

Please, confirm your participation by March 31th  via email office@spiba.ru or by phone +7(812)3259091. In your e-mail please include the following information:

Full name,

Position / Company

Mobile phone #

E-mail

Participants are required to have an identity card!

The meeting will be held in Russian. Please, let us know if you need a translation into English.

Fri, 03 Apr 2015 10:00:00 +0400

Fourth Annual Conference on Russian National Values and Business Ethics - 4/3/2015 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

St. Petersburg State University of Economics (UNECON), The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, the Wharton Zicklin Center for Business Ethics and The St. Petersburg International Business Association (SPIBA) invite you to participate in the Fourth Annual Conference on Russian National Values and Business Ethics. The title is "Building an Ethical Global Economy: Russia's Leadership Opportunity".

Date: Friday, April 3th, 2015

Time: 10 am – 2 pm

Venue: St. Petersburg, 30-32, Griboedov Channel Embankment, Academic Council Hall

Registration: the application form (in the attachment) should be submitted toalena-makeeva@yandex.ru

Questions for discussion:

Russian Compliance Alliance (RCA) project

Anticorruption Charter of Russian Business and implementation of President Putin’s National Anticorruption Plan.

B20 Collective Action Hub, established by 2013 Russia-hosted G20/B20 conferences as a center for best practices in anticorruption.

Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), which is initiating a global “Trust and Business” project.

Detailed information about the speakers and program of the Conference is here.

The event will be held in Russian and English. Simultaneous translation will be provided.

We kindly ask you to confirm your participation before April 2nd 2015.

Tue, 07 Apr 2015 09:30:00 +0400

Actual issues in the field of fire safety and emergency for industrial and warehouse complexes - 4/7/2015 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

SPIBA Industrial Committee holds a round table on the topic "Latest issues in the context of fire safety, civil defense and emergency situations for industrial enterprises and warehouses".

Date: Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

Time: 9:30 - 11:30

(Registration, coffee break 9:00 – 09:30)

Venue: Business center Mertens House at 21 Nevsky Prospect

Invited participants:

Deputy Chief on the State Fire Control, MES Head-office in St-Petersburg, Russia

Deputy Chief on the State Fire Control, North-West Regional MES Center in Russia

Head of the State Fire Control, MES St-Petersburg, Russia

Chairman of the Russian Voluntary Fire Society in Leningradskaya Region, Chairman of the Board of the fire and life safety development fund “Systema”;

Heads of the companies that provide fire safety services, including the engineering, installation and maintenance of the fire safety systems, organization of the fire stations, calculation and evaluation of the fire risks.

Questions to discuss:

Regulations of the high bay warehousing

Optimization of the organizational fire safety costs

Modern methods and confirmation of the object’s safety requirements accordance forms with the fire service requirements without participation of the fire control – independent fire risks/audit evaluation of the fire safety

Competences of the MES employees in the area of civil defense

The meeting will be held in Russian. Please, let us know if you need a translation into English.

Please, confirm your participation by April 6th by registering via website registration, via email office@spiba.ru, or by phone +7(812)3259091  

Thu, 09 Apr 2015 09:00:00 +0400

Forum for compliance managers and internal auditors - 4/9/2015 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

SPIBA Legislation & Lobbying Committee and Regional Branch of the Institute of Internal Auditors in St. Petersburg are pleased to invite you to take part in the Forum for compliance managers and internal auditors on the topic "New challenges and new opportunities for the development of the compliance functions and internal audit".

Date: Thursday, April 9, 2015

Time: 9:00 -13:30

09.00 - 09.30 Coffee break, registration

Venue: Anna Pavlova Hall, Angleterre Hotel, 24, Malaya Morskaya Ul

Participants of the discussion:

Alexei Starkov, Gazprom Personnel / OAO TGC-1;

Leida Lukianova, Baker & McKenzie;

Dina Stepanova, Siemens Gas Turbines Technologies;

Tatiana Ligostaeva, Siemens Electroprivod;

Elena Gavrilova, MTS;

Olga Savchenko, Liberty Insurance;

Franz Bdoyan, Institute of Internal Auditors.

For more information about the forum please see the attached file in Russian.

The meeting will be held in Russian. Please, let us know if you need a translation into English.

Please, confirm your participation by April 7th by registering via email office@spiba.ru , via website registration or by phone +7(812)3259091  

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Tue, 14 Apr 2015 09:30:00 +0400

Motivation and engagement: how to attract, retain and inspire employees - 4/14/2015 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

We are pleased to invite you to a round table organized by SPIBA HR Committee on the topic “Motivation and engagement: how to attract, retain and inspire employees”.

Date: Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

Time: 09:30 – 11:30

Venue: Business center Mertens House, Nevsky pr., 21, office SPIBA #506

Moderator:Elena Dobromyslova, Representative in Saint Petersburg

Elena Dobromyslova, Representative in Saint Petersburg: "Global studies of involvement factors and employees motivation of employees, Talent Q International, 2014. Local Russian study of individual motivation and values"

Anna Silina, HR Director, North-West Division, DANONE: “Engagement degree: Myth or Reality”

Elena Shemelina, Baltika Breweries: "The survey of employee engagement - a tool for enhancing team effectiveness."

The meeting will be held in Russian. Please, let us know if you need a translation into English.

Please, confirm your participation by April 13th by registering via email office@spiba.ru , via website registration or by phone +7(812)3259091  

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Thu, 16 Apr 2015 10:00:00 +0400

Meeting with Alexander Abrosimov, Ombudsman for Enterpreneurs Rights in Saint-Petersburg - 4/16/2015 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

We are pleased to invite you to take part in the meeting with Alexander Abrosimov, Ombudsman for Enterpreneurs Rights in Saint-Petersburg.

Date: Thursday, April 16th, 2015

Time: 10:00 -12:00

Venue: Business center Mertens House, Nevsky pr.,21

Purpose of meeting: legal education of entrepreneurs on their rights and how to protect them.

The current questions and issues that Saint-Petersburg entrepreneurs are faced with will be discussed as well as possible solutions to the problems standing in the way of business development.

Please send questions and problems associated with both the current state and federal laws, as well as with the evolving regulatory acts by April 10th via e-mail office@spiba.ru 

The meeting will be held in Russian. 

Please, confirm your participation by the 14th of April by registering via email  office@spiba.ru , via website registration or by phone +7(812)3259091  

Thu, 23 Apr 2015 11:00:00 +0400

Meeting with the management of the St.Petersburg Federal Antimonopoly Service - 4/23/2015 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

The SPIBA Legislation & Lobbying Committee UFAS Working Group will organize a meeting with the management of the St.Petersburg Federal Antimonopoly Service.

Date: Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

Time: 11:00 -12:30

Venue: 13 lit.A , 4th Line of Vasilievsky Island, St.Petersburg Federal Antimonopoly Service

Confirmed participation:

Vadim V. Vladimirov, Head of St. Petersburg Federal Antimonopoly Service of Russia

Questions to discuss:

The implementation of the internal appeal of the FAS Russia territorial authorities’ decisions.

Private claims – perspectives and problems of implementation.

Antimonopoly compliance as a way of antimonopoly risks reduction.

If you have questions concerning the topic of the meeting please send them to us no later than April 17th, 2015 to our e-mail: office@spiba.ru.

The meeting will be held in Russian. 

Please, confirm your participation by April 21st  by registering via email office@spiba.ru , via website registration or by phone +7(812)3259091  

LEGISLATION & LOBBYING COMMITTEE SPONSOR
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